Canadian hurdler Perdita Felicien, 2-time Olympian & 10-time National Champion, announces retirement

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Canadian hurdler Perdita Felicien is retiring from competition.

The 33-year-old from Pickering, Ont., who made the announcement Thursday at a Toronto elementary school, won a world title in 2003 as well as a silver medal in ‘07.

“It was good, great and I enjoyed it. … It’s the end of an era,” Felicien said of her career during a news conference at the University of Toronto. “I’m emotional but not sad.

“There’s a new lease on my life.”

In November, Felicien will start a job as a videographer at Hamilton-based CHCH television after earning her broadcast journalism diploma at Toronto’s Seneca College.

Felicien holds the Canadian record of 12.46 seconds and was a gold medallist at the world indoor championships in 2004.

“From a baby, I knew there was something special about you,”Felicien’s mother, Cathy Browne, told her at the U of T, where she stood at the podium with another daughter, Hildy. “You were a gifted child and you proved it when you became a world champion [in 2004].”

But Felicien’s Olympic career was marred by disappointment.

She tripped over the first hurdle in the final at the Athens Games in 2004 and was unable to race four years later in Beijing due to a foot injury.

“I struggled in my career to not define myself by winning and losing,” Felicien said. “That [hurdle crash] will never define me.”

She was gunning for Olympic redemption in the summer of 2012 but failed to qualify for the London-bound team after false-starting in the final at the trials.

Prior to making her announcement, Felcien tweeted about how she was feeling.

“Today feels just like race day,” she said. “No appetite. Major butterflies. Nervous energy. Happy. :)”

Felicien is the second high-profile Canadian Olympian to call it quits this week. Triathlete Simon Whitfield officially announced his retirement on Wednesday.

The Canadian Press

News Category: 

Latest News

  • June 30, 2020
    UPDATE #20 | 30 June 2020 Advisory on COVID -19 SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 is over 10 million with over 5.5 million recovered and 504,000 deaths. Mortality rate in Canada is 8...
  • June 25, 2020
    PRESS RELEASE : CSIO Announces Partnership with Bodylogix® as Official Supporter For Immediate Release TORONTO (June 25, 2020) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario ( CSIO ) is proud to announce its partnership with Bodylogix®, a leader in clean, sport...
  • June 23, 2020
    Olympic legacies don’t stop after the closing ceremony of a Games. For many Olympians, passing on what they have learned throughout their careers to others is what drives them to better the world we all live in — by living true to the values of...
  • June 17, 2020
    UPDATE #19 | 17 June 2020 Advisory on COVID -19 SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE : Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID -19 is over 8.3 million with over 4.3 million recovered and 446,000 deaths. Mortality rate in Canada is...
  • Crystal Emmanuel running
    June 12, 2020
    Listening, learning, and taking action. Those are just some things that Team Canada athletes have called for during this time of widespread social change and awareness of what it means to be anti-racist. Many athletes have shared their personal...