Ottawa Citizen

Longtime national team ski racer Forsyth turns toward retiring

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Veteran Canadian alpine ski team member Allison Forsyth is expected to announce her retirement from competitio­n next week.

Alpine Canada has scheduled a media conference for next Wednesday, during which its plans for Forsyth’s future will be announced.

“I have the highest respect for Allison, her results, her leadership, for what she continues to put back into the ski racing community and the community at large,” Alpine Canada president Ken Read said yesterday.

Forsyth, the 29-year-old native of Nanaimo, B.C., hasn’t raced a World Cup event since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the second downhill training run at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.

Forsyth, who is now based in Canmore, Alta., is one of the longest-serving members of the national team.

Since joining the team in 1996, she’s raced to five World Cup podium finishes, including four silver medals and a bronze in giant slalom. She earned two silvers during the 2001 season.

She was seventh in the giant slalom at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City and third in the GS at the 2003 world alpine championsh­ip in St. Moritz, Switzerlan­d.

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