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Canadian Lacoste retires from figure skating

2010 Skate Canada bronze medalist plans to stay involved in the sport
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Canadian Amélie Lacoste has announced her retirement from skating. -Getty Images

Amélie Lacoste, the 2012 Canadian champion and a two-time world team member, has retired from competitive skating.

Lacoste won four medals as a senior at the Canadian championships, including gold in 2012. She made two appearances at the World Figure Skating Championships (2011 and 2012) and competed in the Grand Prix Series several times, winning her only medal, a bronze, at 2010 Skate Canada.

Lacoste trained in Montreal from 2009-13 before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with a team of coaches headed by Christy Krall.

"This was a difficult decision for me, but I am excited to start a new chapter in my life. This past year, with changing my training base, helped renew my passion and love for training and competing," Lacoste said. "I'm very happy with all that I have accomplished and I would like to thank everyone who made my journey and my career a success."

Although she is unsure of her future plans, Lacoste plans to stay connected to skating and give back to the sport.

 "Amélie represented Skate Canada proudly as a member of our national team for many years and as our Canadian champion in 2012," said Mike Slipchuk, the high performance director of Skate Canada. "She worked with great desire and determination to achieve her goals, and pursue her dreams. We are pleased she plans to stay involved in skating, and look forward to keeping her engaged now as a member of our national team alumni."

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