Mexico’s Humberto Contreras announced his retirement from competitive skating in November.
The four-time national champion (2002-’03, ‘05 and ‘09) took up skating 14 years ago. A national team member for 12 consecutive years, Contreras represented his country at 17 international events including two World Championships.
The popular skater is now turning his attention to a full-time coaching role. “I’m ready to share my dream with future passionate and talented figure skaters,” he said.
Contreras acknowledged his coach, Elvis Stojko, and choreographer Roselle Soussana-Doyle. “I want to thank Elvis for everything he taught me to help me become the best skater I could be, and Roselle for all the time and dedication she invested in creating my programs. Her work reminds me of why I love this sport.
“I would like to express my gratitude to my friends and the many fans who have helped me throughout my skating career,” Contreras added. “I would also like to thank my family immensely for their unwavering support over the years. Without them, none of my successes would have been possible.”
Originally published in February 2011