Marie-Hélène Prémont racing another season

Canadian originally planned to retire, reconsiders

Marie-Hélène Prémont of Canada competes in the Women's Individual Cross Country Mountain Biking Event at the State Mountain Bike Course in Lysterfield Park during day eight of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games March 23, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Canadian cross-country racer Marie-Hélène Prémont will be contesting the mountain bike World Cup for at least one more year in 2009. The 31-year-old native of Chateau-Richer, Quebec had previously intended to retire at the end of the 2008 season.

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Prémont enjoyed her most successful racing season ever in 2008, winning two World Cups on the way to capturing the UCI World Cup overall title, and successfully defending her National Champion title for the sixth time in a row, a Canadian record.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back for another season. I feel like I am only getting better and I want to see what more I can do”, Marie commented. “Rocky Mountain was happy for me to ride another year, so it wasn’t too difficult of a decision.”

Prémont is in her third year of her Pharmacy degree at the University of Laval in Quebec with one year left to go, which makes her recent racing accomplishments that much more impressive. “Eventually I want to have a family, so I will have to stop racing one day to do that, but for now I want to focus on school and racing.”

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In March, look for Marie-Hélène to line up with the best in the world again at the first World Cup of the 2009 season in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.