According to the Canadian Press on Wednesday, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Quebec has decided to miss the 2014-15 short track speed skating season because she is expecting a baby in January. Drolet won a silver medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in the women's 3000m short track speed skating relay.
Drolet won her silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games a year ago with Jessica Hewitt of Langley, British Columbia, Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec and Marianne St-Gelais of Roberval, Quebec. Drolet also won a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in the women's 3000m short track speed skating relay with Isabelle Charest of Rimouski, Quebec, Alanna Kraus of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Amelie Goulet-Nadon and Tania Vicent of Laval, Quebec.
This is not for the first time that Drolet has taken a leave of absence from short track speed skating. She spent six years away from the sport following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City to complete her degree in psychology. Drolet has also won six medals at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
At the age of 32, this will be Drolet's first child. According to Sports Reference, Drolet has experienced her fair share of injuries in her short track speed skating career including a broken veterbrae and a serious hip injury.
Drolet plans to return to training in May. It will be interesting to see if she will be participating on the Canadian national women's team next season and be part of the Canadian team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Canada has a very strong history when it comes to short track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games. Since short track speed skating made its Olympic debut at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, Canadian athletes have contributed to 28 medals.