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Canadian alpine skier Semple announces retirement

The Canadian Press

10/26/2012 10:46:12 AM

OTTAWA -- Canadian alpine skier Ryan Semple is retiring after an 11-year career.

The Ottawa native competed at the Turin Olympics in 2006 and the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

He finishes his career ranked 12th in the world in the super-combined event.

"Although I can't say I stood on the top step of a World Cup podium, a childhood dream of mine, I can say I gave it my all," Semple said in a statement Friday. "I have represented Canada in two Olympics, three world championships and finished among the top 15 in the world. I am truly privileged to have accomplished these great feats which very few have had the honour."

Semple, 30, said his health played a factor in the decision.

"In order to achieve my goals, I needed to feel both mentally and physically consistent, which is something I struggled with throughout the last couple of seasons," he said.

Semple said he hopes to continue his studies and get involved in business opportunities he hasn't had time for in the past.

"He is a heck of a person and friend," said teammate Erik Guay. "I'm sure he's going to have no problem translating his work ethic as an athlete into the next phase of his life."