The love story between cross-country skiing and Anne-Marie Comeau is over.
Comeau, a promising talent for Canada on the international scene, has decided to abandon the sport in order to concentrate on athletics.
It is without a doubt a loss for Cross-Country Ski Canada, as Comeau was looking forward to head back to the top after her season was shortened last year by a shoulder injury.
Anne-Marie is a tremendously gifted athlete and has always hesitated between athletics and x-c ski. But it seemed she had made her mind for good and up to last month had set her sights on the 2018 Winter Olympics. But, once again, it was not meant to be.
Contacted in Davos, where he is leading the Canadian team in the World Cup, Louis Bouchard, CCC National Coach and Head Coach at the Centre National d’Entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH), was quite philosophical about the decision.
“Anne-Marie made the right choice, he wrote to Skiplus. She had a trial with us and that enabled her to take the best decision for herself. That’s what we always wish for our athletes.
“Athletes must feel good in the sport they choose because they put in so much effort, time and sacrifices to reach the top level. We’ve been very happy to support Anne-Marie in our sport.”
Comeau is an excellent runner who holds the 5000 m Quebec junior record in 16:34,43. She will now aim at the Canadian record, 14:54,98.