Hong Kong’s Ronald Lam, who initially represented Canada on the international level from 2007-2010, is retiring from competitive figure skating.
“I had a great competitive season last year following one of the most disappointing ones I have had the year prior,” said the athlete, who trained his entire career under Bruno Delmaestro and Kelly Champagne. “I am very happy with what I have been able to accomplish, and the fact that I had my best performances at the 2015 World Championships made me feel great.”
However, like any other sport, skating takes up a great deal of time and effort to maintain.
“I just graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in computer science in May, and have been concerned about starting my career outside of the sport,” Lam explained. “Combined with the younger trend of amazing athletes hitting their stride, I decided to enter the next stage of my life.”
Lam still intends to stay involved in the sport when time allows, and may even show up one day on the technical panel. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old still resides in Coquitlam, B.C., and will stay there if he is able to find employment nearby.
“I will miss being at the rink every day,” Lam confessed. “I got to meet some wonderful people and it really has been a privilege. My coaches have always been such excellent role models and have helped me on and off the ice. The friends I have met skating are simply phenomenal. These people have helped shape my life to what it is now and I wouldn’t have a fraction of my accomplishments without them.”