NAME: Kim Boutin

AGE: 23

HOMETOWN: Sherbrooke, QC

SPORT: Speed Skating – Short Track (Speed Skating Canada)

GAMES: PyeongChang 2018

Vincent Ethier©2018 Kim Boutin, 5to8

Every Olympian hopes of winning an Olympic medal, but the chances of winning one in your first Games is pretty slim. Now imagine winning THREE at your first Olympic Games. It’s almost unheard of.

Enter Kim Boutin, Canada’s only triple medallist of PyeongChang 2018 and our Closing Ceremony flag barer. Kim came home with 3 pieces of hardware, the first of which was a bronze medal that caused quite the commotion, including death threats on her social media.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 22: Kim Boutin finish 2nd in at the Short Track Speed Skating -Women’s 1000m Final at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea (Photo by Vincent Ethier/COC)

She captured Bronze in the 500m and 1500m followed by silver in the 1000m. She is the second woman in the world to win a medal in all three individual short track speed skating events at one Winter Games.

The determination along with the mental and physical stress that comes along with that much pressure is monumental for most athletes, but Kim conquered it with gratitude and grace. This female powerhouse has one of the brightest smiles you will ever witness and she managed to keep it that way through the most dramatic and testing first Olympic games an athlete can have and still she managed to keep focused, composed and on the podium.

Team Canada Kim Boutin PyeongChang 2018

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 18: Kim Boutin of Canada receives the bronze medal for finishing in 3rd position in the Short Track Speed Skating Women’s 1500m final at the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza during the PyeonChang Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/COC)

The 5to8 years before she landed on that podium prepared her for this moment. Without proper funding she never could have received the help of her sports psychologist who helped her mentally prepare for what sport could and would throw at her.

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