CANMORE, Alberta (AP) Olympic champion cross-country skier Chandra Crawford has retired.
The 30-year-old Canadian has been slowed by injuries in recent years and needed surgery on both legs a year after the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. She was eliminated in the first round of the sprints at the Sochi Olympics last month.
Crawford is a three-time Olympian who won the sprint at the 2006 Games. She also won seven World Cup medals, two of them gold.
Several new and exciting events have been added to the program since cross-country skiing debuted at the first Winter Olympics in 1924. More than 310 cross-country skiers are scheduled to compete over eight days at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center, going toe-to-toe in the individual start, mass start, individual sprint, team sprint, relay and pursuit races. While this sport has traditionally been dominated by Nordic countries, many athletes - such as the United States' Kikkan Randall - are hoping to break through. Using skis and poles, cross-country skiing is considered one of the more difficult endurance sports on the docket.