Charles Hamelin

Décompte des médailles olympiques canadiennes

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Biographie

With his five medals, including three gold, Charles Hamelin is tied with Marc Gagnon , François-Louis Tremblay and Phil Edwards for the title of the most decorated Canadian at the Olympic Games. He joined this select club at PyeongChang 2018 where he won bronze as a member of the 5000m relay. In his third appearance at the Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Charles won gold in the 1,500m, the inaugural event of the Games.

Four years earlier, he was Canada’s only multi-medalist gold medalist at Vancouver 2010, having twice contributed to the nation’s record-breaking 14 gold medals. His performance was remarkable, especially since he won his two gold medals in a 30-minute interval. Reigning world champion Charles Hamelin set an Olympic record in the quarterfinals of the 500m. In the final, he avoided a collision on the last corner to win the gold medal; he shared the podium with his teammate François-Louis, who took the bronze. Half an hour later, he was back on the ice for the final of the 5,000m relay. The Canadians won gold thanks to a strategy dubbed “Operation Cobra” which gave Tremblay, the last torchbearer, an extended rest period before performing the last two laps. This allowed Charles to climb the top step of the podium alongside his brother.Francois .

Four years earlier, Charles was the youngest skater of Canadian short track men’s team competing at Turin 2006. He finished 4 thin the only individual event he competed in, the 1,500m, but he won the first Olympic medal of his career, silver, on the 5,000m relay team. By virtue of his experience and accomplishments, Charles is considered the leader of the national team, having competed for more than a decade at the World Championships. After the 2017-2018 season, Charles had won 36 World Championship medals, including twelve career gold. Five of his medals were won in the 5,000m relay. He also holds two world titles in each individual event (500m in 2007 and 2009, 1000m in 2016 and 2018, and 1500m in 2014 and 2018).

About Charles

Family: His younger brother, François, is also a member of the Canadian short track team. Her father, Yves, is director of the Calgary Olympic Oval. His mother, Manon Goulet, is the cousin of former NHL player and Hall of Fame member Michel Goulet. Getting into the Sport: Charles started speed skating at the age of 9. He had previously played baseball, and about a year after his younger brother Francois started skating, he took his first steps in the sport because he thought it was “cool”. Beyond speed skating:In his spare time, Charles enjoys playing video games and going to the movies. He supports Canadian Tire Jumpstart so that all children like him have the chance to develop a passion for the sport. He has been named Athlete of the Year ten times by Speed ​​Skating Canada. He says he has Marc Gagnon and Éric Bédard as models. The rink in his home town, Sainte-Julie, was named in honor of his father, his brother and himself.

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
Turin 2006Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1500 m - hommes4
Turin 2006Patinage de vitesse - piste courteRelais 5000 m - hommesArgent
Vancouver 2010Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1000 m - hommes4
Vancouver 2010Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1500 m - hommes7
Vancouver 2010Patinage de vitesse - piste courte500 m - hommesOr
Vancouver 2010Patinage de vitesse - piste courteRelais 5000 m - hommesOr
Sotchi 2014Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1000 m - hommes14
Sotchi 2014Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1500 m - hommesOr
Sotchi 2014Patinage de vitesse - piste courte500 m - hommes32
PyeongChang 2018Patinage de vitesse - piste courteRelais 5000 m - hommesBronze
PyeongChang 2018Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1000 m9
PyeongChang 2018Patinage de vitesse - piste courte1500 m13

Palmarès international

Winter Olympic Games: 2018 - BRONZE (relay 5000 m), 9 e (1000m), 13 th (1500 m); 2014 - 32 e (500 m), 14 th (1000 m), OR (1500 m), 6 e (5000m Relay); 2010 - OR (500 m), 4 e (1000 m), 7 e (1500 m), OR (5000 m Relay); 2006 - 4 th (1,500m), SILVER (5,000m relay)

ISU world championships: 2018 - BRONZE (relay 5000 m), 9 e (1000m), 13 th (1500 m); 2017 - BRONZE (1000 m), 5 e (5000m relay) 11 e (500 m), 11 th (1500 m); 2016  - OR (1000 m), SILVER (relay 5000 m), 7 e (1500 m), 28 e (500 m); 2015 - SILVER (1000 m), Bronze (1500 m), 6 e (500 m), 7 e (5000m Relay); 2014 - BRONZE (500 m), 9 e (1000 m), OR (1500 m), 5 e (5000m Relay); 2013 - 16 th(500m), BRONZE (1000m), BRONZE (1500m), OR (5000m relay); 2012 - SILVER (500 m), Bronze (1000 m), 4 e (1500 m), OR (5000 m Relay); 2011 - 9 e (500 m), SILVER (1000 m), SILVER (1500 m), OR (5000 m Relay); 2010 - 4 e (500 m), 9 e (1000m), 18 th (1500 m); 2009 - OR (500 m), 15 th (1000 m), 19 th (1500 m); 2008 - SILVER (500 m), 4 e (1000 m), 5 e (1500 m), SILVER (relay 5000 m); 2007 - GOLD (500m), SILVER (1000m), 4 th(1500m), SILVER (5000m relay); 2006 - 5 th (500m), BRONZE (1,000m), 7 th (1,500m), GOLD (5,000m relay); 2005 - SILVER (500 m), 4 e (1000 m), 5 e (1500 m), OR (relay 5000 m)