Vaughn Chipeur announces retirement from skating
|Vaughn Chipeur has decided to end his amateur skating career. (Getty Images)|
By Skate Canada
(07/15/2010) - OTTAWA, ON -- Canada's second-ranked male skater, Vaughn Chipeur has decided to retire after a successful skating career. Chipeur, 25, from Edmonton, Alberta, was the Canadian silver medalist in men's in both 2009 and 2010. He represented Canada at the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Chipeur will continue to stay involved in skating. He will be skating in shows across Canada this summer and in the fall will join the lineup on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Chipeur took a moment to thank the skating community. "I would like to thank everyone at Skate Canada, and the Skate Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section. Also to all the clubs I have had the opportunity to represent and to all the coaches and choreographers that I have had the fortune of working with over the years. Without many of you I would never have had the opportunities or experiences that I have been so fortunate to have." Long-time coach Scott Davis of the Calalta Community FSC wishes Chipeur well on his new adventure. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Vaughn over the past five years. It was an exciting time which culminated in two national silver medals, a top 12 placement at worlds and representing Canada in the 2010 Olympics. I want to wish him well in his professional career and will miss those high flying triple Axels on a daily basis." Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk commented on Chipeur's decision. "The past few seasons saw Vaughn move up the rankings to represent Canada at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and Olympic Games. Vaughn strived in the competitive atmosphere and had some of his best performances at those times. We wish him the best as he continues skating professionally."