Long Track speed skater Nicole Garrido announces her retirement

 Long track speed skater Nicole Garrido from Edmonton, AB, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships while still holding the National Women's Junior 3000m record she came up with in 2007, announced her retirement today.
Nicole Garrido represented Canada at the 2010 and 2012 World Allround Championships, as well as at the 2012 World Single Distance Championships in the 3000m and 5000m events.
She also took part in the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championships. In 2008 in Changchun, China, she won a bronze medal in the 3000m event and took 5th position in the 1500m race. In 2007 in Innsbruck, Austria, she finished fourth in the 3000m.
She still holds the National Women's Junior 3000m record, which she set in 2007 with a time of 4:04.49 clocked in Calgary. She also was the junior record holder in the 5000m from 2007 until last March, when Isabelle Weidemann broke her mark of 7:15.56.
The 26-year-old skater was a member of the National Team from 2007 to 2015, except during the 2011-2012 season, which she missed following a surgery for a severely herniated disc.
“Many factors have led to my decision to retire,” said Garrido. “Dealing with recurring injuries is a factor, as well as financial stability. But most importantly, at 26 years old, I am starting to discover other passions in my life that I want to explore further, like community building, music and pursuing a master's degree. I believe I can find the same type of happiness and success in pursuing that as I did with speed skating.”
"As a coach, it is a privilege to work with determined individuals like Nicole,” said Mark Wild, one of her coaches. “She worked so hard to achieve her goals in sport. Nicole leaves speed skating with an accomplished international career and a strong work ethic that will help carry her through her future endeavours. Congratulations Nicole and good luck!”
From Chili to a national record
Nicole Garrido started skating at age nine after her friends from school asked her to try it. Because her parents are from Chile, ice skating was something new and unknown to her, and she liked it.
Since then, Nicole Garrido took part in a total of 26 World Cups throughout her career, starting with the 2007-2008 season. Her best performance was a 9th position result in the mass start event at the 2012 World Cup Final in Berlin, Germany.
In 2014, she narrowly missed qualifying for the Sochi Olympics, finishing 4th in the 3000m race and 2nd in the 5000m event at the Canadian Olympic trials.
“My best memories come from my interactions with athletes I've met throughout my career,” recounted Garrido. “I've been able to live and travel all over the world, and expose myself to various cultures. I’ve met so many wonderful and inspiring human beings along the way, that I otherwise would never have met if it weren’t for skating! These memories and experiences have shaped me into the person I am today and I’m so grateful for that.”
Nicole Garrido thanked few people who helped her through her career.
“It truly takes a community to help develop an athlete. I would like to primarily thank my parents who have been my main support (and sponsor) since day one. I’d also like to thank Jacques Thibault for guiding me throughout my career, coaching me, providing me with great advice and, most importantly, believing in my athletic abilities. I also have to thank all the wonderful teammates, coaches, support staff and sponsors, like Scott Venturo LLP and Team CBA for instance, that I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to go as far as I did in the sport.”
Nicole Garrido is now looking to complete her fourth and final year of Political Science studies at the University of Calgary.
“I am still deciding what type of masters program I’d like to pursue but ideally, I would like to combine my love of sport with politics and administration.”
More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website: www.speedskating.ca.
About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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