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François Hamelin


SportShort Track
Born18 Dec 1986 in Lévis 
Marital statusMarried
FamilyWife Mylene Nadeau, son Romeo [2017]
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationAccounting - University of Quebec: Montreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.443 19 Oct 2012 Calgary  
    1000m 1:24.013 20 Oct 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 2:12.973 20 Sep 2014 Calgary  
    3000m 4:53.740 15 Jan 2012 Saguenay  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    5000m Relay 1      
World Championships
World Championships
    500m   1    
    5000m Relay 1 1    
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay   1 1  
World Team Championships
World Team Championships
    Team   3 1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I had a lot of energy and my mother wanted me to find a way to spend it outside the house so she asked me if I wanted to do a sport. There was a little lake beside our house, and I used to skate on it in hockey skates. When my mother asked me about which sport I wanted to do, I saw speed skating in a book and asked if that was like what I did on the lake. She said, 'Yes,' and so that's what I decided to do."  
Name of coachDerrick Campbell [national], CAN  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age five in Sainte-Julie, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis brother Charles won medals in short track at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. His father Yves was the team leader of the Canadian short track squad at the 2014 Games in Sochi. His mother Manon Goulet is the cousin of former National Hockey League [NHL] star Michel Goulet, who played for the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks. (ONS, 10 Feb 2014; NOC Media Guide, 2014;, 04 Jan 2010;, 15 Jan 2011)  
Hero / IdolCanadian short track skater Francois-Louis Tremblay, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 14 Feb 2016; NOC Media, 2014)  
NicknamesFrank (, 02 Feb 2015)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
He plans to retire from short track following the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Along with his brother Charles, he intends to focus on encouraging more young people to get involved in the sport. "We want to use some of the visibility we have gained and put it to use for young people in order to encourage them to move and set performance targets. We want to encourage them to push on in the sport or in another field." (, 11 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto"Enjoy every moment." (Athlete, 22 Nov 2013)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 5000m relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 14 Feb 2016)  
Most influential person in careerHis father Yves, and coach Danny Lemay. (Athlete, 14 Feb 2016)  
InjuriesHe suffered the fourth concussion of his career at the 2016 National Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (, 14 Jan 2016)

He cut his foot at the 2013 National Championships in Canada. The injury meant he was unable to qualify for the 2013 World Championships. (NOC Media, 2014)
Awards and honoursIn 2016 the skating rink in Sainte-Julie, QC, Canada, was renamed in honour of him, his brother Charles and his father Yves. (, 26 Oct 2016)

He was named the 2008 Rising Star of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. (, 05 Sep 2015)
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 11 Jan 2017)  
HobbiesReading, golf. (, 20 Aug 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2010/2011 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2010 Olympic Games 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m2  
    2009/2010 World Team Championships Team2  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay2  
    2007/2008 World Team Championships Team2  
    2007/2008 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 World Team Championships Team2  
    2010/2011 World Team Championships Team3  
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m4  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall5  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m5  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m Relay6  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m7  
    2007/2008 World Championships 500m7  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall7  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall8  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1000m9  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2007/2008 World Championships Overall11  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m11  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m13  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m13  
    2004/2005 World Junior Championships Overall20  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1500m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 500m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 5000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Sofia 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Marquette, MI 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Dordrecht 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m2  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Vancouver 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Beijing 5000m Relay2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Marquette, MI 1000m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Vancouver 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Dordrecht 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 5000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay3  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 1500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Quebec City 5000m Relay3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Beijing 5000m Relay3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 5000m Relay3  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m4  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay4  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay4  
    2008/2009 Dresden 5000m Relay4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m5  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m5  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m8  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m8  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Minsk 5000m Relay8  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m9  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m9  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m9  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m9  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m10  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m10  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m10  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1500m10  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m13  
    2012/2013 Dresden 5000m Relay14  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m15  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1000m15  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m16  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m17  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m17  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m18  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m18  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m18  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m19  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m20  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m21  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m21  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m24  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m26  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m26  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m26  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m26  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m26  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m30  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m36  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m37  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m39  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m63  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m69  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m105  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m130