Competing on the senior international circuit since 2006-07 when he was named Speed Skating Canada’s Rising Star for short track, Jean had a career-year in 2011-12. He won the overall World Cup title in the 500m on the strength of victories in all four of his 500m World Cup races. He was also third in the World Cup 1000m standings with three podium finishes. He capped the season with a gold medal in the 500m at the world championships and was rewarded as Speed Skating Canada’s Male Short Track Skater of the Year, ending the run of five straight wins by Charles Hamelin.
Jean made his Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010 where he captured gold as a member of the 5000m relay team. He came close to an individual medal as well, finishing fourth in the 1500m.
Jean’s career has not been without adversity. He missed a full season when in August 2007 a training accident resulted in a skate slicing through the protective Kevlar guard on his ankle and severing a tendon. He underwent surgery and returned to compete at the World Cup team trials in September 2008. He missed two World Cup stops in 2012-13 due to a concussion.
Jean was also the target of sabotage at the 2011 World Team Championships when he realized during the first lap of the 5000m relay that one of his blades was broken. American skater Simon Cho would admit in October 2012 to tampering with the skate, allegedly under orders from his then-coach Jae Su Chun. Cho offered a personal apology to Jean prior to going public with the admission.
2010 Olympic Champion 5000m Relay… 2012 World Champion 500m… 2011 World Silver Medallist 500m… 2009 World Bronze Medallist 500m… 2011-12 World Cup Champion 500m… Three-Time World Champion 5000m Relay (2013, 2012, 2011)…