Canadian alpine skier Acton retires

Two-time Canadian Olympian Brigitte Acton announced her retirement from alpine skiing on Wednesday.

Two-time Canadian Olympian Brigitte Acton announced her retirement from alpine skiing on Wednesday.

Acton, from Mont-Tremblant, Que., had been battling injuries in recent seasons, including a broken sacrum in 2007 that forced her to miss the entire ski season.

Acton returned to post several Top 20 World Cup slalom finishes and placed 17th in the same event at the Vancouver Olympics this past February.

"I love what skiing has brought me," said the 24-year-old veteran.

"The thing that I am going to miss the most is my relationships with my coaches, teammates and supporters. I want to thank them all for believing in me. This was a difficult decision but one where I felt it was the right time."

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Acton joined the national team in 2003, a year that saw her win the Canadian slalom championship.   Acton said she wants to pursue post-secondary education in the fall and plans to marry her fiancée, Mike Smith, a goaltender with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, next month.