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Antoine Gélinas-Beaulieu

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
NOCCanada
Born05 May 1992 in  Sherbrooke
GenderMen
FamilyWife Vicki
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationFilm Studies - Laval University: Quebec, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.86 12 Mar 2010 Moscow  
    500m 35.01 03 Jan 2020 Calgary  
    1000m 1:12.89 06 Feb 2009 Calgary  
    1000m 1:07.25 15 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:48.44 13 Mar 2010 Moscow  
    1500m 1:42.55 16 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:22.73 19 Oct 2017 Calgary  
    5000m 6:34.66 13 Mar 2010 Moscow  
    10000m 13:25.00 20 Oct 2017 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Allround     1  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Mass Start 16 Laps     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/antoinegbeaulieu/  
www.antoinegbeaulieu.com/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at age nine in Waterloo, QC, Canada.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe switched from ice hockey to speed skating. "I wasn't able to score in hockey. I was also the fastest and that was all I cared about."  
Training RegimeHe trains with the national team at the Centre National Gaetan-Boucher in Quebec, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesCycling, spending time with his dog Gregor. (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2020)  
Other informationBREAK AND RETURN
He took a four-year break from skating between 2011 and 2015 due to overtraining, illness and injury, mental health issues and allegations of intimidation during his time with the national short track development programme. He switched to long track speed skating upon his return to competition in 2015. "For those who don't know, I retired at 20 years old because of abuse and intimidation in the sport I loved the most. It took four years to have the courage to work out and compete again. [My coach] told me I was faking [an asthma attack]. He literally didn't believe I was having severe respiratory distress, I was really having an asthma attack. Then I was told it was just in my head. There were all the physical symptoms, tremendous fatigue. Every effort I made at that time could knock me unconscious. The psychological part such as loss of motivation, depression, all that came afterwards. I always believed that my problems were physical, that they were simply related to asthma, overtraining, etc. It has been a long work since my return [speaking in 2021], but I finally admitted to myself what I was suffering from. And it was partly between my two ears." (lapresse.ca, 11 Nov 2021; Facebook page, 02 Sep 2021; ici.radio-canada.ca, 25 Feb 2021)

ASTHMA AND ANXIETY
He has suffered from exertional asthma [exercise-induced asthma] and anxiety during his career, which has affected his speed skating performance. "What happens to me is anxiety before the race, hyperventilation during the race, and asthma and panic attack after the race. A really unpleasant mixture, let's say. Since working on my anxiety and talking about it, I'm taking back control. It's not easy to be vulnerable - especially not in sport - but it gave me the strength to face my greatest fears." (lapresse.ca, 11 Nov 2021; sportcom.ca, 05 Feb 2021)

GOLD MEDAL DISQUALIFICATION
At the 2020 World Single Distances Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America, he was part of the Canadian group that posted the fastest time in the team sprint event before being disqualified for an illegal exchange. "As much as it was a big disappointment, it was also a small victory. We still beat all the best teams in the world. We had a plan, we executed it really well. We were going really, really fast on the ice. I have probably never gone so fast in my life. The feeling was incredible to slide like that at superhuman speeds." He went on to win an individual bronze medal in the mass start later in the tournament. (lapresse.ca, 18 Feb 2020)

COVID-19 IMPACT
He believes that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on training will put speed skaters from Quebec, Canada, at an advantage compared to other speed skaters. "The misfortune of Quebec, where we do not skate a lot, will become an advantage. In Quebec, we get used to not skating a lot. I had my best results in the years when I touched the ice the least often. This is not a disadvantage compared to other skaters." (journaldequebec.com, 30 Sep 2020)
 
Most influential person in careerCoach Gregor Jelonek, and his wife Vicki. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolCanadian cyclist and speed skater Clara Hughes. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"I practise sport to suffer and push my limits." (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Other sportsHe represented Canada in short track at the junior world championships in 2009 and 2010. He won two silver medals at the 2010 edition of the tournament in Taipei, Chinese Taipei. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Nov 2018; ici.radio-canada.ca, 24 Nov 2018)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ici.radio-canada.ca, 24 Nov 2018; plus.lapresse.ca, 29 Nov 2020)  
InjuriesIn 2011 he was affected by mononucleosis. He spent four years away from the sport due to the effects of the illness, along with other health issues including tendonitis in the knee and excessive fatigue. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018, 10 Nov 2017; zonecampus.ca, 06 Oct 2020; lapresse.ca, 18 Feb 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships 500m1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps5  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m7  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m9  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround16  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround18  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m10  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m13  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m13  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m22  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps25  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m34  
    2018/2019 World Cup 5000/10000m50