Cynthia Phaneuf retires from skating

Cynthia Phaneuf of Canada competes in the ladies free skate program of the ISU Four Continents...

Cynthia Phaneuf of Canada competes in the ladies free skate program of the ISU Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado February 11, 2012. (REUTERS)

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Two-time Canadian champion Cynthia Phaneuf retired from amateur figure skating Wednesday in Montreal.

Phaneuf, who burst onto the national scene by winning her first Canadian title in 2004, opted to quit skating despite being just 24 years old. But she says she will stay involved in figure skating, a sport she's been involved in since she was four.

"Skating will always be a part of my life," Phaneuf said. "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."

Phaneuf also won the Canadian championship in 2011, a year after skating for Canada at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Her best international finish came when she was fifth at the 2010 world championships.

"She brought a unique style to her skating," Skate Canada president Benoit Lavoie said. "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."

moved into the eight, nine and 10 spots after being unranked in the first poll.


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