Hangin' Up the Skis

Just two days ago, veteran Canadian skier, Britt Janyk announced that she is officially hanging up her skis and retiring from competitive racing.

“There’s a part of me that would still like to continue. But at the same time, I just feel ready to move on,” said Janyk, who joined the Canadian team in 1996.

“At the top of the list was being able to recognize that the excitement to try something new, and go into something new was stronger than my excitement to go out for the summer and train hard and win a World Cup race.”

The 30-year-old athlete from Whistler is a 15-time World Champion and has been on the podium three times during the 2010-11 World Cup season. Janyk affirms that one of her biggest highlights is the thrill of participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, where she grew up and learned to ski. She finished sixth in the downhill event, 17th in the super-G and 25th in the giant slalom.

“I will not be far from ski racing and skiing,” Janyk reassures. “The sport has given me so much. I am really excited about being able to give back to the sport and young racers, to be able to share the knowledge and experience I have.

Soon after Janyk made her announcement, a video was played for her where teammates, coaches and family members all wished her well in the future. Her younger brother’s words brought tears to her eyes as he reminded her  about their days growing up on the mountain.
Britt Janyk concluded that she was very happy to walk away from her career as a healthy athlete.

“I felt it was the right time to move on,” she said. “I recognized my priorities have changed.

“Now was a good time.”