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Charles Hamelin
  • Born: 04/14/1984
  • Age: 31
  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 71kg
  • Birthplace: Lévis, Quebec
  • Hometown: Sainte-Julie, QC

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With four medals, including three gold, Charles Hamelin is one of Canada’s most decorated male winter Olympians. In his third Olympic appearance at Sochi 2014 Hamelin won gold in the Games’ opening event, the 1500m. That came four years after Hamelin was Canada’s only multiple gold medallist of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, contributing two of the country’s record-setting 14 first-place finishes.  His performance was particularly remarkable because he won both gold medals within a 30 minute span.

After opening the 2010 Games with a seventh place finish in the 1500m, Charles Hamelin raced the 1000m final alongside younger brother François, but neither reached the podium, with Charles leading a 4-5 finish. As the reigning world champion, Hamelin set an Olympic record in the quarterfinals of the 500m. In the final, he avoided a collision on the last corner to take the gold medal, sharing the podium with teammate François-Louis Tremblay who won bronze.

A half hour later, Charles Hamelin was back on the ice for the 5000m relay final. The Canadians won gold thanks to a strategy dubbed ‘Operation Cobra’ which gave anchor skater Tremblay an extended period of rest before skating the last two laps. This put the Hamelin brothers on the top step of the podium together.

Four years earlier, Hamelin had been the youngest of Canada’s male short track speed skating team competing at Turin 2006. He finished fourth in his only individual event, the 1500m. Charles Hamelin won his first career Olympic medal, silver, as a member of the 5000m relay team.

Based on his experience and accomplishments, Charles Hamelin is considered the leader of the national team, having competed at the senior world championships for a decade. He added to his career highlights at the 2014 World Championships in Montreal, once again claiming a gold medal in the 1500m.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

ISU World Championships: 2014 – BRONZE (500m), 9th (1000m), GOLD (1500m), 5th (5000m relay); 2013 – 16th (500m), BRONZE (1000m), BRONZE (1500m), GOLD (5000m relay); 2012 – SILVER (500m), BRONZE (1000m), 4th (1500m), GOLD (5000m relay); 2011 – 9th (500m), SILVER (1000m), SILVER (1500m), GOLD (5000m relay); 2010 – 4th (500m), 9th (1000m), 18th (1500m); 2009 – GOLD (500m), 15th (1000m), 19th (1500m); 2008 – SILVER (500m), 4th (1000m), 5th (1500m), SILVER (5000m relay); 2007 – GOLD (500m), SILVER (1000m), 4th(1500m), SILVER (5000m relay); 2006 – 5th (500m), BRONZE (1000m), 7th (1500m), GOLD (5000m relay); 2005 – SILVER (500m), 4th (1000m), 5th (1500m), GOLD (5000m relay)

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Career Highlights

2010 Olympic Champion 500m and 5000m relay… 2014 Olympic Champion 1500m... 2006 Olympic Silver Medallist 5000m relay… Two-Time World Champion 500m (2007, 2009)… Three-Time World Silver Medallist 500m (2005, 2008, 2012)… Two-Time World Silver Medallist 1000m (2007, 2011)… 2011 World Silver Medallist 1500m… Five-Time World Champion 5000m relay (2005-06, 2011-13)

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2006 TurinOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track1,500m - Men - 4
2006 TurinOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short TrackRelay 5,000m - Men - Silver
2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track1,000m - Men - 4
2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track1,500m - Men - 7
2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track500m - Men - Gold
2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short TrackRelay 5,000m - Men - Gold
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track1,500m - Men - Gold
2014 Sochi Olympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track1,000m - Men - 14
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track500m - Men - 32
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Short Track Relay 5,000m - Men - 6
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