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Groves retires from speed skating

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Kristina Groves warming up before an event. Photo: Cheryl Walker

By Dan Plouffe

Kristina Groves, perhaps the best athlete from Ottawa in the city’s history – announced her retirement from speed skating at a news conference today in Calgary.

“I’m not retiring because I don’t love speed skating or can’t fathom doing the work or can’t skate fast anymore,” the 34-year-old four-time Olympic medalist explained on her blog. “It’s simply because I feel fulfilled by what I’ve accomplished and am no longer inspired to strive for the same thing; my heart is full.”

Look for more on later today.

Read Speed Skating Canada’s news release here.

Read Kristina Groves’ thoughts on retirement on her blog.

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