Charles Hamelin has 2018 in his sights Last event of the season: World Championships in Montreal


Montreal, March 11th, 2014 - To say the least, the Olympic Games left a “sweet and sour” taste for Canada’s short track speed skating team. However, the team intends to finish the 2014 season on a bright note at the upcoming World Championships in Montreal.
 “We had some great performances at the Olympics. Charles’ gold in men’s 1500m, which was an historic victory, given no Canadian skater had ever won at that distance at the Olympics. Our women’s relay repeat silver, four years later, which shows the strength of the Canadian women on the world circuit and Charle Cournoyer’s bronze, that speaks to our bright future. We also had some misfortunes that hurt the team, but demonstrated how our athletes showed tremendous courage in the face of adversity. The athletes and the entire team begin these World Championships, at home in Montreal incredibly motivated to take part in this last event of a very busy Olympic cycle. In front of their family and friends, they want to be at the top of their game and show the world they belong among the elite of their sport”, declared Yves Hamelin, Short Track Program Director.
Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Committee named the three athletes participating in the individual events. On the women’s side, Valérie Maltais (La Baie, Québec), Marianne St.Gelais (St-Félicien, Québec) and Marie-Eve Drolet (Laterrière, Québec) will represent Canada in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m. On the men’s side: Charles Hamelin (Ste-Julie, Québec), Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, Québec)  and Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, Québec).
For the relay events, the same teams we saw compete in Sochi will be on the start line, both on the men’s and women’s side, including Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops, B.C.), Jessica Gregg (Edmonton, Alberta), François Hamelin (Ste-Julie, Québec) and Michael Gilday (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories).
For the 3000m event, the eight (8) best athletes from the individual event standings take part. This event counts for the overall World Championships standings.
Charles Hamelin will pursue his Olympic journey
Following discussions with his coach Derrick Campbell, Olympic champion Charles Hamelin has decided to pursue his journey of another Olympic cycle.
“I allowed myself some time to think to determine whether I would continue, but I really didn’t need to think about it very long! Obviously, the Sochi Games didn’t really go as I’d hoped. I am proud of my gold medal, but I really can’t finish like that and end my Olympic career that way. Over the last few years, I’ve improved consistently. Derrick and I believe that there’s still room for me to continue this trend. Personally, I feel I still have more to give: I’ll be there in 2018 with the same passion”, shared Charles Hamelin, who will be 30 next month.