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Canadian skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis retires

CALGARY, Alberta -- Three-time World Cup winner Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada announced his retirement Tuesday from competitive racing.

The 36-year-old from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is a four-time Olympian, winner of 11 World Cup medals and a world championship bronze in super-G. He was part of the Canadian Cowboy era on the Canadian men's Alpine ski team, which produced seven world championship medals, including three gold, from 2009-17.

Osborne-Paradis said he decided to retire for a number of reasons, including a setback in his comeback from a catastrophic knee injury, the COVID-19 pandemic, and two young children at home.

The chance to win an Olympic medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing drove his comeback from a hellacious crash at Lake Louise in 2018. Osborne-Paradis shattered a tibia and fibula tumbling into the safety nets halfway down the first training run of the season.

"Maybe I'm lucky in that my tipping point happened alone at a track,'' said Osborne-Paradis, whose best Olympic finish was a 13th in the downhill at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy. "You're thinking, 'What am I really doing here?'"

He was at peace with the decision.

"There's just no way with lockdowns, quarantines and bubbles, to really get what I'm going to need to be as good as I want to be to go to the Olympics, to get a medal," he said. "The whole point is to have a chance at a medal at the Olympics. Give myself one more chance. If I can't win, then I'm not going to waste people's time.

"I always thought if I'm going to put a period at the end of this career, I want it to be mine. I don't want somebody else to make that for me. I feel empowered I was able to see it first."