Marianne St-Gelais was one of just four Canadian athletes to win multiple medals at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, capturing a pair of silvers in the 500m and 3000m relay. Her 500m silver happened to come on her 20th birthday. She also became a Canadian celebrity with boyfriend and fellow short track speed skater Charles Hamelin when the two celebrated his 500m gold medal with enthusiasm on the rink padding.
Four years later at Sochi 2014, St-Gelais added a third silver medal to her career total as a member of the 3000m relay team.
St-Gelais moved into senior competition fulltime in 2009-10 after great success as a junior. At the 2007 Canada Winter Games she won four gold and one silver medal. In 2009 she won 500m gold at the world junior championships and was named Speed Skating Canada’s Rising Star for short track.
St-Gelais is one of the world’s best 500m skaters. She won bronze at the 2010 World Championships. In 2010-11 she won the overall World Cup title in the distance after winning all five of her 500m World Cup starts. She just missed the podium at the 2013 World Championships with a fourth place finish. St-Gelais has also been trying to improve herself in the other distances. In 2011-12 she earned her first World Cup victories in the 1000m. At the 2013 World Championships she won bronze in the 1500m.
St-Gelais is a vital member of the 3000m relay team. In 2010 and 2011 she was named Speed Skating Canada’s Female Short Track Skater of the Year.
2010 Olympic Silver Medallist 500m and 3000m Relay… 2014 Olympic Silver Medallist 3000m Relay… 2010 World Bronze Medallist 500m… 2013 World Bronze Medallist 1500m… 2010 and 2013 World Silver Medallist 3000m Relay…
Getting Into the Sport: Started speed skating at age 10 when her neighbor who was the president of the local club asked her and her siblings if they wanted to join… The club had been losing members and there were four kids in the house who needed something to do… Odds and Ends: Sporting idols include Canadian hurdler Perdita Felicien and American distance runner Steve Prefontaine… Motto: Have fun. Smile when it rains… Studying humanities at Cégep Collège de Maisonneuve in Montreal and will finish at the end of 2014… Ambassador for the Children’s Wish Foundation… Loves watching movies either at home or at the cinema… Loves emotional moments at the Olympic Games, such as Joannie Rochette performing after the death of her mother or Jon Montgomery drinking the pitcher of beer in Whistler… Has a necklace that her grandmother gave her as a good luck charm…Collects pins when she travels for her mother’s collection…
Notable International Results
ISU World Championships: 2014 – 7th (500m), 10th (1000m), 16th (1500m), SILVER (3000m relay); 2013 – 4th (500m), 19th (1000m), BRONZE (1500m), SILVER (3000m relay); 2012 – 4th (3000m relay); 2011 – 7th (500m), 7th (1000m), 18th (1500m), BRONZE (3000m relay); 2010 – BRONZE (500m), 16th (1000m), 19th (1500m), SILVER (3000m relay)