Charle Cournoyer was the youngest member of the Canadian short track speed skating team at Sochi 2014 where he made his Olympic debut. After the Canadian team endured multiple crashes and disappointments, Cournoyer ended the Games on the high note, winning a surprising bronze medal in the 500m.
Cournoyer is a fresh face on the national team, with 2013-14 just the third season in which he competed internationally. He competed at two World Cups in 2011-12, winning his first medal in his very first World Cup appearance when he captured 1500m bronze in Nagoya, Japan in December 2011. He was also part of the silver medal-winning relay team at the World Cup in Shanghai in December 2011.
He competed in the last three World Cups of 2012-13 and won his second career individual medal in Dresden in February 2013, taking 1000m silver. Cournoyer made his world championship debut in 2013. Although he did not skate in any of the individual events, he was a member of the gold medal-winning 5000m relay team alongside Charles Hamelin, Olivier Jean and Michael Gilday.
Cournoyer earned his spot on the Olympic team after finishing among the top-three men at the Canadian selection trials in August 2013 where he posted five second place finishes and was in the A final in eight of the nine races.
Getting into the Sport: Started skating at age five… Was always at the arena watching older brother Vincent skate and one day got tired of watching and wanted to participate… Outside Interests: Enjoys working on computers, whether it be programming or playing video games… Always travels with his computer… School: Has completed his Cégep studies in computer and mathematical sciences at Collège de Rosemont… Plans to study software engineering at l’Université du Québec à Montréal… Olympic Memories and Moments: Had his Olympic dream sparked during the Nagano 1998 Winter Games when he woke up very early to watch the speed skating that had occurred overnight… Favourite Olympic memory is watching the Canadian men’s 5000m relay team win gold at Vancouver 2010 and hoping to one day compete at the Games… Sports idol is five-time Olympic medallist Marc Gagnon…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Championships: 2014 – 11th (500m), 11th (1000m), 14th (1500m), 5th (5000m relay); 2013 – GOLD (5000m relay)