Paralympic champion Valerie Grand’Maison retires from swimming
MONTREAL – Canadian swimmer Valerie Grand’Maison has announced her retirement after winning nine Paralympic medals, including four gold.
The 25-year-old from Montreal also earned three gold medals and a silver medal at last year’s International Paralympic Committee world swim championships in her hometown.
She retires holding world records in the 200-metre individual medley and 400-metre freestyle for the S13 classification, which is for visually-impaired athletes.
“After much soul searching, I am confident that my swimming career has come to an end,” Grand’Maison said Tuesday in a statement from Swimming Canada.
Grand’Maison struggled through a shoulder injury prior to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, yet she won gold in the 200 I.M. in world-record time. She also collected silver in both the 100-metre and 50-metre freestyle.
She led a Canadian sweep of the 100-metre butterfly at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. She also won the 100-metre and 400-metre freestyle.
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