Champion freestyle skier retires

Warren Shouldice, of Canada, reacts after his jump during the men's aerials final at the FIS...

Warren Shouldice, of Canada, reacts after his jump during the men's aerials final at the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Park City, Utah last year. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

World champion freestyle skier Warren Shouldice has performed his last Daffy.

Shouldice retired Monday after a decade on the Canadian freestyle team, two appearances at the Olympic Games and a pair of world championship medals tucked into his pocket.

The 29-year-old, who bounced back from a broken neck 10 years ago, missed the 2012 season due to a concussion and opted to ski off into the sunset rather than try to come back from the injury.

"It's not a decision that you come to quickly," Shouldice said. "It's something I've been thinking about probably ever since the Vancouver Games, but after the Games I decided that I had a little bit more in me and I managed to pull it together for that performance at worlds.

"After getting injured in 2012 and taking some time off I found that I really enjoyed my time at home. I went to school and realized that I am ready to start the next chapter of my life. I'm really excited about getting an education, getting a job and moving forward."

In 61 World Cup starts, Shouldice had 12 podium finishes. He won the world championship in 2011, two years after skiing to a bronze medal, but failed to get on the podium at the Vancouver (10th) and Turin (sixth) Olympics.

"(Shouldice) was one of those athletes who was not only a marquee performer, but he developed into a real team leader," Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge said. "That's the beauty of being involved with an athlete from the time they're an adolescent, you really see an evolution and with (him) it was profound."


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