Frédéric Blackburn, ChPC

Person type: 
Coach
Track type: 
Short
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, December 21, 1972
Hometown: 
Chicoutimi, Que.
Training centre: 
Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal
Occupation: 
Women's team head coach

A two-time Olympian who won medals in the 1000m and the relay at the 1992 Games, Frédéric Blackburn went on to work for Club Montréal St-Michel for several years before moving on to coach the Men's National Development Team, and then the Short Track Women's National Team, which he has coached since the 2012-2013 season. Holder of a Level 4 coaching certification and a recognized Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), Frédéric Blackburn has led Canada's best female skaters to the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Games, where they earned a total of four medals, including three by Kim Boutin in PyeongChang. In addition to Boutin, who had a remarkable season in 2017-2018 with a total of 11 individual medals on the international scene, Frédéric Blackburn has worked with Marianne St-Gelais, among many others. Over the Olympic cycle that ended in PyeongChang, St-Gelais came up with 37 podium finishes, as she won the World title in the 1500m distance in 2016 and earned three silver medals at the 2017 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships. In addition, St-Gelais finished second overall at both the 2016 and 2017 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

Facts: 

Frédéric started speed skating at six … He enjoys surfing during his leisure time.