|Milaine Thériault Steps Down for Remainder of Ski Season|
After a long and successful career as an elite world-class cross-country ski racer, New Brunswick native Milaine Thériault has decided to bow out of the balance of the 2003 ski season. The reason is an unforeseen but nevertheless welcome pregnancy.
Twenty-nine year old Milaine has been ski racing since the age of 12. During this time she has been an integral member of the Senior National Ski Team for nine years, and has participated in two Winter Olympic Games and four World Championships. Last year, Milaine proved that she is among the best Nordic racers to come out of Canada when she placed 8 th in a pre-Christmas World Cup sprint race in Asiago, Italy. Milaine has also had many top-30 results to her credit over the last couple of ski seasons, which have helped solidify her reputation as a top international competitor.
Milaine plans to keep up some light training and maintain her fitness throughout the course of her pregnancy. While she is happy to be having her baby at this point in her life, she is also reluctant to conclude that her competitive ski career is completely over. Milaine believes that there is a very good chance she will return to the racing scene after the baby is born. However, she is hesitant to make any firm predictions because, in her own words, “I haven’t had a baby before!”
“It has been a great journey for me,” says Milaine. “Thank you to all the coaches and staff I have worked with in the last few years, as well as Cross Country Canada. Also, thanks to my teammates for making this journey an incredible one. I will for sure miss competing and everything surrounding it and mostly miss all the great people I have met and worked with .”
Milaine is expecting in August. She and her partner, long-time boyfriend and elite cross-country ski racer Robin McKeever, plan to remain in their current hometown of Canmore, Alberta, surrounded by friends and family, while they await their new arrival.
Milaine’s absence for the remainder of the season will leave a deeply felt void on the (at present) two-woman Team 2003 composed of Beckie Scott and Sara Renner. Cross Country Canada bids farewell to Milaine with some sadness, but also recognizes and applauds her relentless efforts, commitment, dedication and exceptional talent as an athlete, team contributor and individual. Milaine has served as a model ambassador for the sport over many years and will continue these endeavors in February as spokesperson to the Canada Winter Games held in Charlo, New Brunswick. The cross-country skiing community is very fortunate that Milaine has been a part of our organization for so long, and wishes her and Robin the best of luck as they set out on their new adventure together.
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