OTTAWA, ON: Two-time Canadian medalist and national team member for four seasons since 2007, Myriane Samson, 24, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., has retired from amateur figure skating. Samson has skated at seven national championships in senior, has represented Canada internationally since 2003 and competed at the 2010 ISU World Figure Skating Championships placing 29th.
Most recently, Samson won silver at the 2011 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and placed 11th at the 2011 ISU Four Continents Championships. She was scheduled to attend the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury, which was the eventual cause of her retirement. Samson has not been able to compete since.
“This was a very difficult decision, and one that I had to make because the pain in my knee is back. I plan to stay in the field of figure skating, but it's just that the competition is now over for me. I'm still able to skate for fun and for entertainment and to teach” said Samson. “I had a great career, with great experiences. Not everyone has the opportunities that I've had through the world of skating. My best experience was really my last big competition, the 2011 Canadian Championships. I finished second; I couldn't have skated better, and ended on a high note with my silver. It was a lot of adventures for me, going once to the World Championships, and two times to the Junior World Championships,” she added. “Now I will bring my passion to my young students and skaters who will take over from me.”
“Myriane was an integral part of the Canadian national team for many years. Her love of competing was always evident in how hard she pushed herself and it is unfortunate to see such a great competitor having to retire due to circumstances beyond her control,” said Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director. “Her positive attitude and passion for the sport will be certainly be missed. We wish Myriane the best of luck in all her future endeavors.”
Samson concluded her competitive career under coach Nathalie Martin at CPA Saint-Léonard, and represented her home club of CPA St. Jean.