Olympic silver medallist Kevin Reynolds retires from competitive figure skating

OTTAWA — Kevin Reynolds has announced his retirement from competitive figure skating, ending a career that includes an Olympic silver medal.

Reynolds was part of Canada’s silver-medallist squad when the team event made its debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

He also won a gold medal in men’s singles competition at the ISU Four Continents Championships in Osaka, Japan and bronze in the junior men’s event at the 2006 ISU Grand Prix Final in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“Despite an encouraging start to the season with a new personal best short program, I was unable maintain this form and my body has started to tell me it has had enough,” Reynolds said in a statement. “It was a tough decision but given the circumstances I know it is the right choice.”

Reynolds, known for his untamed hairstyle, broke into the competitive figure skating scene in 2002, when he won the Canadian novice title.

He was known for his advanced jumping skills. In 2010, he was the first skater to land two quad jumps in a short program. He was also the first skater to land five quad jumps in competition at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Championships, with two quads in the short program and three in the free program.

“Kevin has been an important part of our national team program for the last decade. We would like to thank him for his dedication to the sport and for his innovative style of skating combined with his technical skill that inspired so many around the world,” Skate Canada CEO Debra Armstrong said in a release.

According to Skate Canada, Reynolds is expected to graduate from University of British Columbia in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and a minor in Japanese language and culture.

He will be staying involved with skating as a full-time coach at the Champs International Skating Centre of B.C.

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