Last season for Maltais
The reigning Snowboard Cross World Cup champion who has been keeping hold to that title for the last four seasons is going into her last World Cup winter.
According to media reports the two-time Olympic medallist (Bronze in Torino 2006 and Silver in Sochi 2014) has lost her main sponsor Saputo which was supporting her over the past five years forcing one of the most dominating athlete of the past years to rethink her future.
“It leaves a bitter taste”, she told Le Soleil during a media meeting hosted by her long-year partner Mercedes Benz in Quebec.
The former firefighter who terminated her contract with the city of Montreal after ten years of unpaid leave however still hopes to add some more top results to her belt.
“The budget is small but on the other hand I do it for myself. I don't have to account for my results. I have nothing to lose.”
Quite the contrary as the 33-year-old from Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, who brought home 37 podium finishes in 74 World Cup races so far of which 14 were wins and earned two World Championships medals in three starts is still missing a win at major events.
So the the goal of winning the 2015 FIS Snowboard World Championships staged at Kreischberg, Austria, is still there.
In the end, it's six more months of living the dream of a pro snowboarder before starting a new life. Maltais already has a plan of attending the college again while also having in mind that things can change quickly.
“I'm talking about my good-bye tour but you never know,” she is quoted in the news. But as long as there is no new sponsor in sight, a route to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang is out of question.