Marc Gagnon named Head Coach of the Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre in Montreal

Montreal, June 11, 2014 – Five-time Olympic Speed Skating medalist Marc Gagnon has been promoted to Head Coach of the Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre (CRCE) based in Montreal.

A member of the coaching staff of the CRCE since September 2010, he will succeed to Jonathan Guilmette, who recently accepted a new position in Japan. Marc Gagnon will start his new role in June 2014.

“I’m very happy about this new challenge,” said Marc Gagnon. “Coaching these young athletes is not something new for me as I have been with them since now for four years. However, it is a new challenge for me as I’ll the one leading all the planning for the right development of those rising stars. In my eyes, this position is very important to keep Short Track Speed Skating healthy in the country as we are developing those who will be on the National Teams in the upcoming years.”

“With my experience as an athlete, my training and mostly the last years working with Jonathan especially, I’m ready for this challenge. Personally, I want to give the maximum attention to them in terms of technical and mental aspects of skating to best help them get ready for competitions. I also want to share my passion for the sport with a training program that will help them develop as much as possible”, he added.

“First of all, I would like to congratulate Marc for his new position”, said Speed Skating Canada’s Short Track Program Director, Yves Hamelin. “With his Olympic experiences, his technical knowledge and the training he had in the past years to increase his expertise in training planning, Marc showed he can get athletes to progress and, consequently, take the leadership of the Short Track Speed Skating Canadian Regional Training Centre in Montreal.”

“Regarding Jonathan, we are very sad to see him leave as he has been involved with the CRCE since the first days. We thank him a lot for the energy and passion he invested in the development of Quebec’s and Canada’s athletes. We wish him best of luck in his new challenge and this great opportunity for him. Jonathan’s departure is not something unusual for our sport and shows well all the talent and the international reputation of Canadian athletes and coaches.”

The CRCE, managed conjointly by Speed Skating Canada and the Fédération de patinage de vitesse du Québec, is a provincial Short Track Speed Skating training centre based at the Maurice-Richard Arena in Montreal and works with the best Quebec’s and Eastern Canada athletes in this sport. Supported by a team of international level coaches, the athletes are developing at the CRCE and are looking for a spot on Speed Skating Canada’s National or Development Team.

Marc Gagnon
Marc Gagnon, from Chicoutimi (QC), started Speed Skating when he was 4 years old. Following his bronze medal at the 1994 Olympic Games at the 1000m, the gold medal at the 5000m at the 1998 Olympic Games, and winning the 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998 World Championships, he announced his retirement. He returned for the 2002 Olympic Games where he won gold medals in the 500m and at the 5000m Relay and a bronze medal in the 1500m for a total of five medals in three consecutive Olympic Games. He is among the top five Canadian medalists in the history of the Olympic Games. He was inducted in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 13,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsors Intact Insurance and Samsung, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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