Reutter retires: 'Proud to call myself an Olympian'

Reutter retires: 'Proud to call myself an Olympian'

Champaign native Katherine Reutter, who won two Olympic medals in short-track speedskating at the 2010 Vancouver Games, is retiring.

The 24-year-old Centennial graduate said Tuesday in Salt Lake City that her body “can no longer withstand the demands of training.”

“I have been struggling with injuries for quite some time,” Reutter said. “I’ve been blessed to have had a great deal of success in my career, foremost of which are my experiences at the Olympic Games.”

Reutter won a silver and a bronze in Vancouver, along with the 1,500-meter world title in 2011, and was the overall World Cup champion that same year. But she had been dogged by injuries throughout her career.

Reutter said she plans to finish her degree in exercise physiology at Salt Lake Community College and pursue a career in health and fitness.

She also will remain active in speedskating, serving as one of three athlete reps on the US Speedskating Board of Directors through 2014.

“Katherine has been a great champion, and she will continue to be an incredible ambassador for the sport,” said Mark Greenwald, executive director of US Speedskating.  

Reutter ends with 34 World Cup medals, 42 international medals and was a four-time national champion in the 1,000.

“I will forever be proud to call myself an Olympian,” she said.

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