July 8, 2014 9:42 am
Updated: July 8, 2014 10:02 am

Winnipeg speedskater Brittany Schussler retires

Brittany Schussler of Canada competes in the 1000-metre during the Essent ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Salt Lake City, Utah, in January 2012.

Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

WINNIPEG – Brittany Schussler has announced she’s retiring from speedskating.

The 29-year-old Winnipegger unveiled the news on her website Tuesday morning.

“As with any great love, deciding to part ways has not been an easy decision,” said Schussler. “After 21 years of riding the highest highs and enduring the lowest lows that come with sport, it is time for me to move on to some exciting new endeavours.”

Schussler has been a member of the national speedskating team since 2002. During that time, she attended three Olympics and won two world championships in team pursuit.

“Competing with Canada written on my skinsuit has been the biggest honour I could ever ask for and something that I have never taken for granted,” said Schussler.

Schussler also won two silver medals at the world championships in team pursuit and three world junior championship bronze medals.

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