If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
... [She] got back on the ice earlier this year to see if she wanted to keep her competitive career alive.
Said Chartrand: “I was testing what I could do, it had been awhile since I had done some of those triple jumps. ‘Am I able to physically do it? Am I going to kill myself? Is it still possible?’ I was pretty satisfied with what I could do. It was more the rest of it – the planning, the financials, there were situational things. In the end, it was basically how much was I willing to sacrifice in my current life? I know how much it takes, I’ve been there. Not that it didn’t seem worth it, it just seemed very difficult for me to make it happen.”
“Everyone’s sports career has its ups and downs, no matter how successful you are as an athlete,” said Chartrand. “The highlights for me were those Canadian championships, getting to compete on the world stage for eight years, travelling around the world, getting to see different countries and different athletes. The low points were those times where I didn’t qualify for Olympic Games, which was my ultimate goal. Having time to think about my career since stepping away and having a bit of a different perspective, the Olympics is all about timing. I was the best skater in Canada twice, but the timing just wasn’t right for the Olympics.
The coaching has become a passion. For her, it could be a chance to help shape the next generation of elite skaters.
“I’ve been coaching since I stopped skating,” she said. “I love it, it’s been wonderful working with all levels of skaters. I’m working toward being a national-level coach myself. So I may be back at the Canadian championships in a different role.”
Pina. That was a great program.
Alaine answered questions via her Instagram stories starting last night and named "Pina" as her favourite solo program - "I loved that it was different, kinda quirky and unique, created by the very talented Shae-Lynn Bourne."