Erik Car­leton Re­tires

Cana­dian Par­a­lympic Guide Dou­ble Gold Medal­ist

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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.

Child­hood friends Brian Mc­k­eever and guide Erik Car­leton won dou­ble gold at Sochi 2014 and dom­i­nated the IPC Worlds and World Cup races around the globe.

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