At only 27-year-old, Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan is already an Olympic gold medalist and three time world champion. For someone who's been at the top of his game for years, it makes sense that he's looking to walk away from the limelight and try his hand at something new. He is after all the man with the Guinness World Record for his performances at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships.
So with bittersweet news, today the Toronto native has announced that he will officially retire from the sport and obviously many of us are sad but thankful for all he's done.
The decision according to him was made after having some time to reflect now that the 2018 Pyeongchang winter games and media circus has come to an end.
"It has been an honour and a privilege to skate for Canada... It has given me memorable experiences and has taught me lessons I will carry throughout life. I have fulfilled my dreams and aspirations in competitive skating and it is now time to move on to new challenges and opportunities. I hope to have inspired many young skaters that with hard work, perseverance and dedication anything is possible."
So what is the next step for the young Canadian talent? Well he does plan to keep his foot in the figure skating world by starting a skating school in Vancouver with his girlfriend and former ice dance partner Liz Putnam. He also plans to peruse a career in commercial real estate. Yes, yes, real estate!
The news of his new career ventures has been met with kind words all around:
"Patrick's accomplishments are a testament to his hard work, dedication and humility, which has helped him reach the highest levels at the world and Olympic levels. We wish Patrick much success in the new chapter of his life and thank him for allowing us to follow with him this incredible journey. - Mike Slipchuk, Director, High Performance, Skate Canada
Patrick is currently in Vancouver and plans to get involved in the skating community in and around the area. For anyone really feeling nostalgic you can still catch him at shows like Stars On Ice doing his final official performance run.
We wish Patrick all the best and thank him for representing our country with style and grace. Although he has given us just a little hope that we might see him on the roster for another Olympic game.
To learn a little more about Patrick's behind the scene experiences on some of our most proud Olympic moments, check out his Twitter Q&A.
Source: Naomi Lavoie - Narcity Quebec