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Canadian Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford retires

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According to the Cross Country Canada website, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford of Canmore, Alberta has retired at the age of 30 on Thursday.

Crawford won a gold medal for Canada in the women's 1.1 kilometre cross country skiing sprint race at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Crawford shocked the international sports community when she won her Olympic gold medal because she was ranked 33rd in the world at the time.

Crawford went on to win two more International Ski Federation World Cup events--in her home town of Canmore on January 26, 2008 and then less than two months later in Lahti, France on March 1, 2008.

Crawford will now begin focusing on a business and leadership education degree with the intention to run the "Fast and Female program", a program Crawford plans to be in charge of to help Alberta girls and females be more physically fit.

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