In 1854, three British officers raced, from Montréal to Québec City, on St. Lawrence River, in what would become Canada’s first official speed skating race.
In 1887, Canada’s first formal sport association was established - the Amateur Skating Association, which in 1960 became the Canadian Speed Skating Association. In 2000, the association was renamed Speed Skating Canada.
Almost hundred years later, short track speed skating was introduced as an official event at the 1992 Winter Games, where Canada earned three medals. The women’s team won gold in the 3,000m relay event, the men’s team took silver in the men’s 5,000 relay event and Frédéric Blackburn topped it off with another silver in the 1,000m event.
The 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer in1994 meant more Olympic speed skating hardware for Canada. The women’s team captured a silver in the 3,000m relay event; Nathalie Lambert won silver in the 1,000m event and Marc Gagnon bronze in the 1,000m event.
The men’s team took Canada’s first speed skating gold in the 5,000m relay event at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and also triumphed at the World Championship that year. Éric Bédard grabbed a silver in the 1,000m event.
At Salt Lake City in 2002, Marc Gagnon brought Canada more golden speed skating success with his 500m event win. The men’s team won their first 5,000m relay event, the second gold came during the Vancouver Olympics where Charles Hamelin also won gold in the men’s 500m event.
In Sochi, the Canada’s Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team will be aiming for six medals across ten events.