Kristi Richards announces retirement from skiing

Pemberton resident ends great career after a season away

Pemberton resident Kristi Richards announced her retirement from moguls competition on Friday (July 13), ending a brilliant career that included a world championship title and 12 World Cup podium finishes.

Richards, originally from Summerland, took the entire 2011-'12 season off with a hope of coming back recharged for a run at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. However, the 30-year-old said in a Friday release that she no longer has the same passion for competition she once did.

"It's been many factors all at once," said Richards, who last year opened the One Earth Collection store in Pemberton and plans to open a yoga studio and become a registered holistic nutritionist in the near future.

"I guess you could say I'm going at life with the same intensity I had in skiing. It's just a little more diverse. Skiing took every ounce of my being since I was 12 years old; making the decision to retire will allow for a lot of different things in my life.

"It's time to move on and be passionate about other things."

Richards won a world title in Italy in 2007 and added a world championship bronze at Deer Valley, Utah in 2011, her final competitive season. She also captured two victories on the World Cup tour, on which she made her debut 10 years ago in Whistler.

Although a fall during the 2010 Games kept Richards from contending for a medal, she named her Olympic experiences as some of the biggest highlights in her career. She also placed seventh in Torino in 2006.

"In 2006 I was in awe of the Olympic Games and I really felt like I was representing my country for the first time," she said. "The Vancouver Games were a whole other level.

"In 2010, standing in the gate, knowing that I was ready, that I had poured everything I had into this moment, that I had the capability to win gold, that was the pinnacle of my career."

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