(born April 14, 1984 in Lévis, Quebec
) is a Canadian short track speed skater
from Sainte-Julie, Quebec
. Hamelin is a 3 time Olympic
medalist having won 2 gold and 1 silver during the 2006
and 2010 Winter Olympics
. He is also a 2 time world champion over the 500 m distance, having won those championships in 2007 and 2009.
Hamelin broke into success early at the 2003 World Junior Short Track Championships where he won silver medals in the 500 m and the 1500 m races, following up with a bronze in the 2000 m relay. He built on this success at 2005 World Championships
, there he won a gold in the 5000 m relay and a silver in the 500 m. His success continued at the worlds by winning gold in the 3000 m, gold in the 5000 m relay and bronze in the 1000 m at the 2006 World Championships
. He finished 4th place at the 2006 Winter Olympics
in the 1500 m event but received a silver medal as part of the men's 5000 m relay
squad. Hamelin is the current world record holder in the 1000 m.
Short track is a family affair for Hamelin, his brother François Hamelin
is a fellow Olympian and national short track member. The current director of the national short track team is his father, Yves Hamelin. Hamelin made Hello Canada's 50 most beautiful Canadians list in 2010.
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