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Phaneuf says 'enough!' Canadian skater retires

Two-time national champion bids 'au revoir' to skating, thanks supporters

Cynthia Phaneuf won two Canadian championships during her career.
Cynthia Phaneuf won two Canadian championships during her career. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(09/26/2012) - Cynthia Phaneuf, 24, Contrecoeur, Quebec, announced her retirement Wednesday in front of family and friends in Montreal.

She was Canadian champion in 2011 and represented Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Her best international placement came in 2010, when she finished fifth at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships, just missing the bronze medal by 1.08 points.

Skate Canada president Benoît Lavoie said Phaneuf inspired other skaters to follow in her path.

"Now we often see girls make that leap from junior to senior at an early age, but Cynthia was really the first skater to do it, and she set an example for other young women to follow," he said. "She also brought a unique style to her skating. Her wonderful ability to interpret passionate music gave her a very special presence on the ice. We will miss seeing her compete for Canada, but wish her the very best as she moves on in her career."

Phaneuf, who began skating at the age of four, plans to stay involved in the sport.

"Skating will always be a part of my life. I have learned so much from the discipline of training every day, pursuing my dreams and working hard to achieve my goals. I have a number of options right now that I'm considering, but I know that I want to contribute to the sport in some way, and definitely to stay involved with the skating comunity."

She also paid tribute to the many people who helped her pursue her dreams as a skater.

"I would first like to thank my family, especially my parents who supported me through so many years of training and competing. I had so many coaches who helped me to grow as a skater. I want to thank Annie Barabé, Sophie Richard and Yvan Desjardins from Contrecoeur, and then my recent coaches Brian Orser and Tracy Wilson for the impact they each had on my career. They each contributed to my development from learning jumps and footwork to putting the whole package together on the ice and preparing me to compete. And I had many special people in my life who offered me encouragement and supported me as a person as well as a skater; they all know who they are and what they have meant to me."