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Decorated wrestler Dori Yeats reflects on her career

July 24, 2018

Olympian, World Championship medallist, Commonwealth Games champion and Pan Am Games Champion Dori Yeats has announced her retirement from wrestling.

Yeats, of Montreal, won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Pan Am Games. She also captured a silver medal at the 2012 Senior World Championships and finished fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 24-year-old was also an eleven-time Canadian champion, 2009 Canada Games champion, 2010 Youth Olympic Games champion, 2012 and 2013 Junior World champion and 2014 World University Games champion.

She fell just short of an Olympic medal, falling 1-2 to Sweden’s Jenny Fransson in the 69 kg bronze medal match.

Her decision to retire came after waiting for surgery for a wrist injury for almost a year and a loss of sponsorship following the 2016 Olympics.

“I had to ask myself what my goals were in wrestling and where my motivation and passion was,” said Yeats. “I felt that I didn’t have the drive needed to sacrifice the next few years towards qualifying for Tokyo and improving upon my 5th place Olympic result. I think I’m the type of person who likes to put 100% into anything I do or else it isn’t worth my time.”

Yeats is currently finishing up her engineering degree at McGill University, and plays Rugby with Team Quebec.

“I’m having a lot of fun with (Rugby). I don’t have any specific goals, I’m just seeing how far I can get.”

Yeats followed in the footsteps of her father, Doug, a five-time Olympian in wrestling and her coach.

“I loved having my dad in my corner and sharing the journey with my family.”

Yeats announced her retirement on social media on Friday.

“All in all, I look at my wrestling career as successful. I overcame many struggles and learnt a lot about myself. I learnt how to manage stress when performing at the highest level, which I think helped build my character today.”

“I think that expression rings true: ‘once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.’”

As many of you may already know (or have suspected), I have decided to retire from competitive wrestling. After 9 crazy years, I have experienced many highs and lows and have learnt so much about myself. I have made memories and friendships that will last me a lifetime. My best results include- 11x Canadian Champion 2009 Canada Games Champion 2010 Youth Olympic Games Champion 2012 & 2013 Junior World Champion 2012 Senior World Silver Medallist 2014 University World Champion 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion 2015 Pan Am Games Champion 2016 Rio Olympic Games 5th I want to thank @tristargym_mtl for allowing me to train there for many years. I would like to also thank #B2Ten, @cibcnow (#cibcteamnext), @Saputo & @Faequebec and all of my other sponsors thoughout the years. Thank you to my coaches @ivanthegreat76, @tonya3beeker, @leighvierling and @doug_yeats for helping me on the mat and @queenopain, JF Menard, Dave Campbell (and @jaflood17, shawn + other therapists), Chris Rozdilsky, and Alexis de Macar for helping me be my best off the mat. I would have never made it so far in wrestling without you guys ❤ Also thank you to all my training partners and friends for making these years so fun. Special shout out to my #6pack. @eweebz @jasmine.mian @dlappage @michellefazzarri @jilliangallays I have 1 year left to my degree in Civil Engineering at @Mcgillu and I have begun playing Rugby for fun on team quebec 7s and 15s, McGill Martlets and my club team TMR. I feel like I have achieved my goals in wrestling and I am leaving satisfied and happy. Now onto the next chapter 🙂 #teamcanada #yog2010 #youtholympicgames #wrestlingcanada #retirementlife #rio2016 #mcgill #mcgillengineering #martlet #wrestlertorugbyplayer #unitedworldwrestling

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