Neither Dominique Bouchard nor Chantal van Landeghem have reached 30 years of age, but the two Olympians announced they are retiring from competative swimming. Van Landeghem is the older of the two at 26, while Bouchard is 23. Bouchard, however, was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in her right leg earlier in 2017, which may have been one of her reasons for retirement.
The two swam for Canada in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, with van Landeghem capturing a bronze medal in the 400 free relay. Your text to link…She also was part of the 400 medley relay team that came in fifth. In 2017, van Landeghem picked up two more bronze medals at the World Championships, swimming on both of Canada’s mixed relay teams. She was also part of the women’s 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams that finished fourth.
Bouchard competed in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke in Rio, tying for ninth in the 200. While being in the Olympics was a huge honor for her, Bouchard calls 2015 her highlight season, as she had numerous first and second place finishes in the Arena Pro Circuit. She also competed in the Pan Am Games.
Even though their swimming careers are over, the two are ready to embark on another path. Van Landegham plans to get a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba, while Bouchard will apply to medical school.