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Canadian veteran Jeff Hume retires from national team

Canadian veteran Jeff Hume retires from national team{mosimage}Ranked 36th in the world in downhill in the 2004-05 season, Jeff Hume from Whistler, B.C., announced his retirement from the Canadian Alpine Ski Team Dec. 27 after almost nine seasons of competition on the national team.

Competing in his first World Cup slalom race in 1999 in Beaver Creek, Colorado, his national team skiing career was highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the downhill in Chamonix, France, last January.

He also competed in the FIS World Ski Championships in 2005 in Bormio, Italy, and 2003 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the World Junior Championships in 1997 and 1998. He achieved his best result in 1999 in the world juniors super-G in France.

Hume had 10 podium finishes on the Nor-Am circuit over the course of his career, including four victories. Two of those wins came on home turf at Lake Louise, one in the downhill in 2001 and the other in super-G in 2003.

“Jeff has been a very hard-working athlete and has been instrumental in
rebuilding the men’s speed team over the years,” said Max Gartner, chief
athletics officer, Alpine Canada Alpin. “We will miss his leadership and
experience in guiding the new wave of your racers.”

“Jeff was one of the hardest workers on the team and showed how strong he
was when he achieved his sixth-place World Cup downhill result last season,”
said Vincent Lavoie, a teammate of Hume’s since 1997. “Jeff is a fun person who brought a great atmosphere to the team. He will indeed be missed.”

Hume is happy to be leaving the sport on a high note.

“I did not want to have any regrets or negative feelings for something that
has been such a large part of my life for so long,” explained Hume, who said
he will miss the lifestyle of being a national team athlete. “On one hand, I
did not want to be a quitter, but I also didn’t want to be scared to move
on. There was a fine line, but I believe that I made the right decision.”

He will now focus his attention on a postsecondary education in real
estate and dreams of traveling abroad to Australia. As well, Hume will
remain active in his local ski community in Whistler, B.C., and with the
Whistler Mountain Ski Club as a coach over the next few months.

“With retirement, it gives me the chance to pass on the knowledge that I
have gained from my experiences to the younger skiers in Canada, so they can
have the same opportunities that I had,” he said. “I would tell a young
racer to be persistent. In skiing, there are bad days as well as good and
you can’t let the bad days cast a shadow. Hard work and perseverance are
the keys.”

- Courtesy Alpine Canada Alpin

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