October 16, 2014 - 7:25 AM
KAMLOOPS - Jessica Hewitt is retiring from the sport of speed skating just eight months after winning a silver medal in Sochi.
“I’ve decided to officially retire from the wonderful world of speed skating,” Hewitt posted to Facebook Wednesday. “I’m thankful for all the memories and experiences…. This sport has taught me a lot about myself and how to persevere.”
Hewitt grew up in Kamloops but now lives in Montreal, where she trained with the national short track team.
In February, Hewitt competed in both an individual and team relay race at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. She fell and was unable to complete her final individual race but won a silver with the team in the 3000m relay.
In April Hewitt returned to Kamloops to meet with family, friends and supporters and visit a few local schools with her Olympic medal in tow.
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