Canadian skater Langlois retiring
Canada's pairs performer Anabelle Langlois has decided to hang up her skates.
The Gatineau, Que., native announced her retirement from competitive figure skating on Friday after a long and successful career on the ice.
A skater since the age of 11, Langlois, who turns 29 in July, made her Olympic debut at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games before teaming up with Edmonton's Cody Hay in 2005. The pairs team had a five-year run and won the 2008 Canadian title. Langlois and Hay then finished eighth that same year at the world figure skating championship.
"I was honoured to have been able to represent Canada for several years, and especially in 2010 at the Olympics in our own country," Langlois. "We did all that we could to make everyone proud of us, and so appreciated the support of our fans for all these years.
"I have been so blessed to have been able to skate with Cody. We had to fight hard through so many obstacles. He was such a wonderful partner for me and so supportive through all the ups and downs of our career.
"Now I hope I can pass along some of the lessons I've learned to other skaters as I work with them."
Langlois said she wants to coach skaters and pursue a post-secondary education in psychology this fall.
After missing all of the 2008-09 season with a fractured foot, Langlois rebounded this past year, teaming with Hay to place ninth at the Vancouver Olympics in February.
"I will always remember Anabelle as the dainty, diminutive pair girl who was a secret powerhouse," raves CBCSports.ca's figure skating expert Pj Kwong.
"She always had a smile for everyone and showed a commitment to her sport that is unparalleled. I admire and appreciate her work ethic and have always thought of her as an exceptional role model."
Hay, 26, will continue to train in Barrie, Ont., and hopes to find a new partner leading into the 2014 Winter Games in Socchi, Russia.
"I support Anabelle's decision to move on to new challenges, but I have a desire to continue skating and look forward to what the next few years have in store," Hay said.
Langlois said she'll always be Hay's biggest fan.
"Cody has a lot more to give to this sport," she said. "He has my full support in his decision, and I can't wait to cheer him on!"