Kerr siblings confirm retirement

Thu, 07 Apr 16:00:00 2011

Sinead and John Kerr have officially confirmed their retirement from competitive figure skating - but insist they aren't turning their back on the sport for good.

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The Scottish siblings bring to a close a glittering near 11-year career that started with British ice dancer silver and ended with European bronze earlier this year.

The Kerrs have competed in two Winter Olympic Games in between finishing a best of eighth in Vancouver last year while winning their first European medal, a bronze, in 2009.

They also won seven straight British titles but decided to call time on their professional career with Sinead suffering a recurrence of a shoulder injury.

That ruled them out of the up-and-coming World Championships, moved to Moscow from Tokyo following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and prompted them to retire.

However the Kerrs will still be seen on the ice, a statement from them read: "Although it has been printed in a couple of newspapers we hadn't actually, as yet, officially announced our retirement from competitive skating.

"However, we did indicate that the worlds would have been our last competition and although we were waiting until the end of the season to say anything for sure, we now feel we should say ourselves that we are not planning on continuing competing next season.

"Ours has been an amazing career and we feel very fortunate to have so many fantastic memories from our ten years of competing together. We will of course continue to skate in shows and feel excited at the freedom this will allow us in making up entertaining routines.

"As everyone has probably guessed already - skating for a great audience has always been the most fun part of this sport for us. We have always appreciated the great warmth we have felt from people all over the world and this has always given us great energy to perform.

"We will be involved in skating still for a long time to come as it has obviously become a huge part of our lives and we still love it. So we look forward to performing again soon - just in a less stressful environment."

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