Canadian Figure Skating Shake Up
In the months following the Olympic season, it is not uncommon to hear of newly announced retirements and figure skaters taking a much-deserved break. However, for the Canadian team, this year’s exodus of skaters is essentially unprecedented. Eric Radford, Patrick Chan and Meagan Duhamel have all recently retired bearing their new Olympic medals, while five-time medallists Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue have announced breaks from their usual competing. Olympic bronze medallist and world champ Kaetlyn Osmond is not competing in the sport at the moment, either. Even former Canadian champion Alaine Chartrand has admitted he did not expect to be where he is now, revealing that he spent three months in spring contemplating his options. After coming to terms with a dissatisfying season, the skater chose instead to focus equally on his Kinesiology studies instead of placing his full attention on his sport of choice.
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Competitors Change Their PathsAnother competitor, Larkyn Austman, has also been able to smooth over her competitive disappointments in a similar way. She revealed recently that she has learnt that absolutely anything can happen, and that one should never cast something aside simply because they think that it is not possible or achievable. Both women will soon be competing on the Grand Prix circuit, along with current two-time local champ Gabrielle Daleman. In the meantime, just eight months ago, four formidable team pairs were looking to grab their sports to perform at the Olympic Games. Now, only Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro remain. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje will also be sitting out the next Grand Prix season, but are still training regularly. The duo is committed to returning to the competitive landscape in time for the national championships next January, and has developed a set of 25 goals to help them achieve their seasonal objectives. Gabrielle Daleman will be competing on the Grand Prix circuit.
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