Erik Carleton Retires
Canadian Paralympic Guide Double Gold Medalist
Erik Carleton has announced his retirement from racing full-time on the Para-nordic circuit. Carleton guided Brian Mckeever to two gold medals at the Sochi 2014 thus successfully achieving his dream of competing for Canada at a Paralympic Winter Games.
The 39-year-old Carleton is looking forward to spending more time with his wife, 97-year-old grandmother and his parents, who have supported his pursuit of excellence in cross-country skiing since he was a young boy.
“I am very fortunate to have lived the life of an athlete for so long, but it was too good to last,” said Carleton.
A former National Junior Team athlete, Carleton united with his childhood friend Mckeever in 2011 when Robin Mckeever transitioned from Brian’s guide to head coach of Canada’s Para-nordic squad. The newly formed duo had immediate success, dominating IPC World Championship and World Cup races around the globe.
Skiing into the 2014 Games with 10 medals under Mckeever’s belt, Carleton helped the Paralympic legend add two more gold medals to his resume in middle- and long-distance racing. In his six years guiding Mckeever, the dynamic duo racked up two Paralympic gold medals and three IPC World Championship titles and finished first overall on the 2013 IPC World Cup, where they won five races.
Graham Nishikawa will help guide Mckeever in his continued mission for gold medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.