Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Georgia Simmerling of Vancouver, British Columbia retired at the age of 32 on Thursday according to Andy Prest of North Shore News. Simmerling won the bronze medal for Canada in women’s team pursuit track cycling at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro alongside Allison Beveridge and Laura Brown of Calgary, Alberta, Jasmin Duehring of Vancouver, and Kristi Lay of Medicine Hat, Alberta.
In addition to winning Olympic bronze, Simmerling won the silver medal in the women’s team pursuit at the 2016 World Track Cycling Championships in London. She was part of a Canadian team that included Duehring, Lay, and Beveridge.
Simmerling was also not just a high-performance cyclist. She also was a high-performance skier as well. Simmerling was a nine-time World Cup medalist in women’s ski cross. She won five silver medals and four bronze medals. The reason why Simmerling moved from skiing to cycling was because of a wrist injury she had in skiing. Also while skiing, Simmerling suffered a concussion and an injury to her medial collateral ligament.
Now Simmerling is set to move to France. That is where her fiancee Stephanie Labbe is based. Labbe, who won a gold medal for Canada in women’s soccer at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, plays for Paris Saint-Germain in Division 1 Feminine.