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Canadian speed skater Giroux reinstated

Canadian speed skater Mathieu Giroux (file photo)

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Long-track speed-skater Mathieu Giroux has regained his national-team status following a dispute with the sport's governing body.

Speed Skating Canada said Friday that a compromise has been reached with the athlete to continue his education with the University of Montreal while evidently spending more time at the training facility in Calgary.

Following The Globe and Mail's revelation that Giroux's funding had been withdrawn, the athlete met on Dec. 21 with SSC president Marie-Claire Rouleau, Jean-François Monette, athletes' director on the board, and Mark Mathies, executive director of sport.

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"Both sides came to an understanding and openness to the uniqueness of this situation," Rouleau said in a statement. "I believe that Mathieu understands the rigour and preparation necessary for the Olympic Games in Sochi." Giroux, a gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in team pursuit, is training for the 2014 Games while pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree.

He arrived in Calgary on Thursday to prepare for the Canadian single distances championships.

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