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Nicolas Peschier announces his retirement

Nicolas Peschier announces his retirement 16.5.2018

French slalom canoeist Nicolas Peschier announced his retirement from professional sport on his Facebook page. Peschier, who celebrates his 34th birthday today (16th May), has been a member of French national team for 18 years. To announce the end of career he wrote, “Some pages require time and a lot of thought before being definitely turned. This one has told 20 years of my life. After almost 18 years in the French team, selection to Olympic Games, nine starts at World Championships, European Champion title in C2 and many medals in team events, it is official: ‘I hang my paddle'.”

Nicolas Peschier has been born into canoeing and his excellent results were no surprise with canoeing in his blood. His father Claude Peschier was a 1969 K1M World Champion and his older brother Benoît K1M Olympic Champion in Athens 2004. Nicolas also competed at the 2004 Olympic Games and finished in 14th place in men’s C1 event.
He first competed in C1M, but later in career added C2 to his programme. Together with Pierre Labarelle he won individual European Champion title in men’s C2 final of the 2013 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships in Krakow, Poland. At the same championships he also celebrated gold medal in men’s C2 team event. He was also European Champion in men’s C1 event in 2011. Besides that he has three silver medals and two bronze from European Championships, three gold medals, a silver and a bronze from World Championships (all in team events). He was U23 European Championships silver medallist in 2006 in men’s C1, and he won bronze medal at U23 Europeans in C1 team event a year later. He also won medals in team events at junior European and World Championships, and been on a podiums of World Cup races on several occasions.