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Olympian Imrie retires from athletic career

Posted: 05/5/2014 1:24 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 05/5/2014 1:45 PM | Updates

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Megan Imrie

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Megan Imrie

Two-time Olympian Megan Imrie has said good-bye to her nearly 10 years of competition in biathlon.

The Falcon Lake, Man., native, just 28, has decided to enrol in school this fall and will pursue pre-veterinary science at the University of Victoria. She also expects to continue her passion for riding horses and spend more time on the family ranch.

Imrie wore the Maple Leaf at the Games in Vancouver and Sochi and at three World Championships for Biathlon Canada.

The daughter of an avid trapper and hunter, Imrie has long been an enthusiastic supporter of the fur trade in Canada. The athlete and the industry formed a partnership for financial support during her career as a biathlete.

According to Biathlon Canada, the Manitoba Trappers Association created a "donate a fur" program so all trappers across the province could invest in her pursuit of excellence. Soon trappers from across North America were supporting her.

Imrie officially announced her retirement over the weekend, the association said, while sharing stories from her Olympic experience in Sochi during a barbecue celebration with about 150 members of the Whiteshell Trappers Association.

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Updated on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM CDT: Changes photo

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