With the disappointment of failing to qualify for last year’s London Olympics behind her, hurdler Perdita Felicien is back in training for the upcoming season.
Disqualified for a false start at the national trials last June in Calgary, Felicien will compete outdoors this year.
“I am just training and getting ready for another season,” she told Share last Sunday. “Nothing has changed much. I am not running indoors and I will do another season or two at the most.”
She and arch rival Priscilla Lopes-Schliep will be hoping to make up for the setback of missing last year’s Olympics by qualifying for this summer’s world championships in Moscow from August 10 to 18.
This could be Felicien’s last major championship since she has ruled out competing for a spot at the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“There is no 2016 for me,” said the 32-year-old athlete, who won just one of 11 races last year.
At the 2004 Olympics where she was a favourite to win a medal, Felicien failed to clear the first hurdle in the finals. She missed the Beijing Games four years later because of a foot injury and was a guest commentator on CBC for the Olympics hurdles coverage.
The two-time world champion and Right to Play ambassador said she’s looking forward to life after hurdling.
“I am doing some work with CBC and a couple other outlets and that will keep me going,” said the 10-time Canadian champion.
A decade ago, Felicien, Canada’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2003, became the first Canadian woman to capture a gold medal in an individual event at the world championships.