François Hamelin comes from what many have called the ‘First Family’ of Canadian short track speed skating. He made his Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010 alongside older brother Charles and the two had the joy of standing on top of the podium together after winning gold in the 5000m relay. The Canadians employed a strategy dubbed ‘Operation Cobra’ which gave anchor skater François-Louis Tremblay an extended period of rest before skating the last two laps. Earlier in the Games, the brother had raced in the 1000m final together but neither reached the podium with Charles leading a 4-5 finish.
Although Charles has had more success, François is capable of beating his big brother. François had his most significant individual result at the 2010 World Championships when he won silver in the 500m while Charles just missed the podium in fourth place. It is no surprise that François identifies Charles as his biggest rival.
François had made his world championship debut in 2008 and was named that year’s Rising Star for short track by Speed Skating Canada. He was unable to qualify for the 2013 World Championships due to a cut foot sustained at the Canadian Championships. Frustrated with the way his season ended, he went to Calgary to skate some long track for fun and regain his motivation.
2010 Olympic Champion 5000m Relay… 2010 World Silver Medallist 500m… 2011 World Champion 5000m Relay… 2008 World Silver Medallist 5000m Relay…