This article was originally published on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association website.
Cédric Rochon knew the time was right to walk away from the sport of freestyle skiing after eight years with the national team.
The native of Saint-Sauveur, QC, had recently worked his way back from a serious knee injury that cost him the entire 2013-14 mogul season, including his opportunity to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
However, the 24-year-old knew that he would not be able to withstand another four-year Olympic cycle.
“There comes a point when this decision is not in your hands,” said Rochon. “Every athlete goes through this moment. The injuries obviously didn’t happen at the best time. I’ve opened up a business too and needed to focus on that and my family.”
During his time away from the sport, Rochon opened and manages an auto mechanic shop in the Laurentians.
Rochon’s focus will now be on his business and helping it grow. He leaves the sport with several incredible memories with him.
“My first World Cup podium in Japan was really special,” added. “It’s one of those places with incredible fans. Winning the Canada Games in 2007 was really cool too. Being the forerunner in 2010 in Vancouver will be something I always remember. It was pretty crazy to experience that and to open the Olympic Games. The memories were great without the injuries. But you can’t control that in life. It was just a little bad luck.”
Rochon retires from the sport with 48 World Cup starts and two World Championship appearances (2011 and 2013). His third place finish at the World Cup in Naeba, Japan in 2012 stands as the best one of his national team career.
“I had a lot of great people supporting me throughout my career and sponsors backing me including St-Hubert,” said Rochon. “I developed a bit of a reputation in the Laurentians. People were great to me and I’d like to thank all of them for everything throughout the years.”
“I will really miss the guys on the team. They were like my family. I’ll miss them more than competing. The team chemistry was incredible. It was always a joy being around everyone and training with them.”