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July 18, 2012
Two-Time Olympic Cross-Country Skier Drew Goldsack Retires from Skiing to Focus on Film Career
—First Goldsack produced film ‘Heroes Behind the Badge’ to be released this fall—
CANMORE, Alta.—Two-time Olympic cross-country skier Drew Goldsack will retire from competitive ski racing, Cross Country Canada announced on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Goldsack, of Red Deer, Alta., leaves the National Ski Team after racing for more than a decade against the top athletes in the world, and competing at the Torino and Vancouver Olympics, along with three World Championships.
“I have thought long and hard about my future in ski racing and I feel like it’s just time.” said Goldsack. “It has been an incredible ride representing Canada at the highest level in our sport. Competing in front of a home crowd at the Olympics in Vancouver and being a part of the most successful Canadian Olympic Team of all time will be one of my fondest memories from a career loaded with unforgettable experiences! I’m now looking forward to the next stage of my life and moving on to new challenges.”
With Canada’s Beckie Scott having just broken through to win Canada’s first Olympic medal in the sport, Goldsack emerged onto the National Ski Team in 2002 with a group of bright-eyed, energetic young men from across the country poised and determined to follow Scott’s trail to the international podium.
“We were just young guys looking for a chance to ski for our country, but after 10 years of blood, sweat and tears, I am very proud to leave the sport with the Canadian men’s team now recognized as one of the best in the world,” said Goldsack. “We now have World Championship medalists, World Cup medalists and Tour de Ski Medalists. We have developed a solid team and I know Canada is great hands with loads of talent coming up through the system.”
Goldsack will be branching out from the ski world into an entirely different realm, pursuing a career in the film industry with Miami-based production company Modern City Entertainment. He has begun work as an Associate Producer for a feature length documentary film called Heroes Behind The Badge that will be released this fall. A trailer for the film can be viewed here: http://www.nleomf.org/officers/heroes-behind-the-badge/.
“I’d like to thank the incredibly large number of people who have passionately supported me throughout my career, in particular, my coaches, support staff, family and sponsors who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and always believed in me,” said Goldsack. “And a big thanks goes out to my teammates, who are like family to me. Over the years we’ve probably spent more time together with each other than we have with our own girlfriends/wives! My time on the road with the team is certainly one of the things I’ll miss the most. Finally, I need to thank my parents, who made my ski career possible. Their unwavering support and encouragement was always a reliable constant in the wildly inconsistent world of competitive sport.”
Cross Country Canada is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 55,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities, AltaGas, Statoil and Canadian Pacific – along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2ten, Cross Country Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on Cross Country Canada, please visit us at www.cccski.com.
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