Amelie Lacoste has retired from competitive skating. The 2012 Canadian Champion, representing CPA du Roussillon, was a mainstay on the Canadian National team for six years. The 25-year-old from Delson, Que., represented Canada many times in international competition including two 16th place finishes at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, seven appearances at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and various ISU Grand Prix events, notably earning bronze at the 2011 Skate Canada International. She is a four-time Canadian medallist at the senior level, and one of few skaters to win the Canadian title at the novice, junior and senior levels. This season, she placed fifth at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, fifth at Skate Canada International, sixth at Trophee Eric Bompard, 12th at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and earned bronze at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. "This was a difficult decision for me, but I am excited to start a new chapter in my life. This past year, with changing my training base, helped renew my passion and love for training and competing," said Lacoste. "Im very happy with all that I have accomplished and I would like to thank everyone who made my journey and my career a success. Even though I had ups and downs during the years, you were always there to help and give me advice to be a better skater and a better person. And I would like to thank my family, especially my parents and my sister. They supported me through 20 years of my skating career, and I truly cherish the commitment and sacrifices they made to allow me to pursue my dreams." In addition to her family, Lacoste had many other people to acknowledge who supported her throughout the years. "A special thanks to my dress maker, Mrs. Luis, my physiotherapists Claude Aquin and Stephane Fournier, my sport psychologist Wayne Halliwell, and all the other specialists who worked with me. I also appreciate all the choreographers who helped me develop that very important aspect of my figure skating. My home club, CPA Du Roussillon, ARPAS (Patinage Rive-Sud), Patinage Quéebec and Skate Canada were with me every step of the way, and your support is so appreciated. And lastly I would like to thank all the officials, volunteers, supporters and fans, who always had a word of encouragement or cheered me on. Without all of these people in my life, I would never have achieved my goals, or become the person that I am now." "Amelie represented Skate Canada proudly as a member of our national team for many years and as our Canadian champion in 2012," said Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada. 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