Short Track Speed Skater & two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet expecting first child

Short track speed skater and two-time Olympic medalist Marie-Ève Drolet from Saguenay, Que., announced today she is expecting her first child at the end of January.

Drolet, 32, won a bronze medal in the Women’s Relay event at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and a silver medal in the same event in 2014 in Sochi.

“This is a great news for me and my partner”, said Drolet. “My pregnancy is going great so far and I cross my fingers that everything will go well until the baby arrives.”

For Marie-Ève Drolet, this new role of mom will not put on hold plans to take part in the 2018 Olympic Games.

“In this beginning of a new Olympic cycle, the arrival of our first child could not be at a better time," she added. “Today, my objective is still to represent Canada at the 2018 Olympic Games.”

Inevitably, Drolet will be out of competition for at least the next season. She will be closely followed by Speed Skating Canada's short track national team medical and training staff.

“On behalf of the community of Speed Skating Canada, I would like to congratulate Marie-Ève for this great news,” said Ian Moss, Chief Executive Officer for the national organization. “Marie-Ève will be greatly missed from the team in the next season, but we can’t wait to meet this new member in our community and, why not, maybe a next Olympian!”

During her career, Drolet has won a total of 27 medals in senior international competitions, including two at the Olympic Games (one silver, one bronze), six at the Short Track World Championships (two silver, four bronze), 17 in World Cups (two gold, 13 silver, four bronze), and two at the World Team Championships (two bronze).
 
She also had a phenomenal junior career, winning 10 medals over four World Junior Championships: 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. She was crowned Overall World Junior champion in 2000 and 2001. She also won Speed Skating Canada’s Female Short Track athlete of the year Award in 1999, 2000 and 2001. She continues to hold the Canadian Junior ISU record for the 1000m, earned in 2000 (1:33.32).

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