Canada's Olympic short-track rookies Boutin, Girard ready to reign  

After overcoming online abuse to capture her second bronze medal of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, Kim Boutin was embraced by veteran short-track speed skater Marianne St-Gelais on the sidelines.

On the same day, Hamelin echoed his girlfriend by leaping over the boards with open arms to congratulate Olympic rookie Samuel Girard's golden performance in the men's 1,000.


Girard avoids chaos to claim gold in men's 1000M short track 

Canada's Samuel Girard steered clear of a late incident on the track to steal gold in the Speed Skating Men's 1000M short track at the Gangneung Ice Arena at Pyeongchang 2018 on Saturday 17 February.


In men's speed skating, a torch passes: Rookie Girard wins gold after veteran Hamelin sideline

There are rivals and there are succession planners.

It might seem obvious that Charles Hamelin, 33, and Samuel Girard, 21, are the latter.


Samuel Girard wins gold in short-track speed skating 

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Veteran Canadian short-track speed skater Charles Hamelin's pain was his teammate's gain on Saturday at the Winter Games.

Samuel Girard went on to win gold in the men's 1,000 after advancing to the final when Hamelin was assessed a penalty.


Samuel Girard's Guide to Short Track PyeongChang 2018

There is "no sport like short track". According to the Triple World Championship Silver Medallist, Samuel Girard. With Lycra-Clad competitors flying round the oval, inches from the ice at speeds of up to 45KM/H, the Canadian has a point.


Samuel Girard started his skating career at age 4

The short track speed skater is from a town with no arena or skating club so him and his family had to travel to find a club. 1:25.


Olympic sports roundup: Canadians strike gold on the path to Pyeongchang

It was a jam-packed weekend of high-performance sport around the world, including gold medals in figure skating, bobsleigh and speed skating


BFL CANADA Renews Partnership with Olympic Speed Skater Samuel Girard

MONTREAL, October 25th, 2017– It is with great enthusiasm that BFL CANADA announces the renewal of its partnership with top Canadian speed skater Samuel Girard. The 21-year-old is set to make his first appearance in the Olympic Games after earning a spot on Team Canada’s short track speed skating roster by winning seven of nine races at the national selection trials this August. The Ferland-et-Boilleau, Québec native will continue to serve as an ambassador for BFL CANADA and represent the company’s values while he competes in national and international events.


ISU assigns helmet numbers for 2017-18 Short Track Speed Skating season

The numbers are assigned based on the overall results of the 2017 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dutch city Rotterdam, where Seo and Christie were crowned the winners.

They will be used at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games and at all ISU events, excluding the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships where helmet covers will be provided.


Cournoyer, St-Gelais to lead Canada's world championship team

Canada named its first six skaters to earn spots for the 2017 ISU world short track championships following their performances at the Canadian senior championships on Sunday.

Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin and Marie-Eve Drolet will represent Canada on the women's side, while Charle Cournoyer, Samuel Girard and Charles Hamelin were named to the men's squad.


Marianne St-Gelais closing in on short track world title

Canada's Marianne St-Gelais won silver medals in the 500 metres and 1,500 metres at the world short-track speedskating championships on Saturday, and is tied for first overall following the first two events.

Samuel Girard stands third after a silver medal in the 1,500 metres and a fourth position in the 500 metres.


Canadian short-track coach challenges young speed skaters

Charles Hamelin and Marianne St. Gelais are still going strong, but Canada's short-track speed skating team is looking for youngsters to start making their mark on the international scene.

And young guns like Samuel Girard, Namasthee Harris-Gauthier and Kim Boutin feel they are not far behind the established veterans. There is also world championship medallist Kasandra Bradette, who is 27 but is a relative newcomer to international competition.



Samuel Girard gets another gold in 500 m short-track speedskating

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN—Samuel Girard of Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que. was golden on Sunday, earning his first international medal of the season at the World Cup short-track speedskating event in Kazakhstan.

His time of 40.661 seconds in the men’s 500 metres earned him first place, a position he held from start to finish.

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Canada wins bronze in the men's short track relay 

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Skating in front of the pack in his final Olympic race, veteran Charles Hamelin gave way to Samuel Girard for the anchor stretch. And even though Girard wasn't able to hold onto first place, he was still able to capture bronze for his mentor.


Girard wins gold in men's 1000M short track speed skating

Samuel Girard has captured his first career Olympic medal, taking gold in short track speed skating’s 1000m.


Samuel Girard becomes Canada's 1st Olympic champion in 1000M short track

Canadian short-track speed skaters won a pair of medals at the Pyeongchang Games on Saturday, with Samuel Girard taking gold in the 1,000-metre and Kim Boutin earning bronze in the 1,500.


Short-tracker Charles Hamelin leads, even when he trails

Pyeongchang, South Korea —

The old man and the kid. Except Charles Hamelin is only 33 and Samuel Girard, at 21, has got plenty of short-track miles on him already. But it feels very much like the torch is being passed on from the four-time Olympian to the teammate, and roommate, at his first Winter Games.


Boutin wins silver, Girard earns bronze in speedskating World Cup

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Canada’s Kim Boutin won silver and Samuel Girard earned a bronze in the 1,000 metres on Sunday to conclude the final stage of the ISU World Cup short-track speedskating season.


Canadian short track speed skaters open Olympic year with three more World Cup medals

Canada’s short track speed skating relay teams served notice on Sunday in Budapest that they will contend for medals all year long.

The men’s team staged a gutsy comeback from near disaster to claim its first World Cup gold since 2015. The women’s team took silver, as did Kim Boutin in the 1,000 metres, adding to the silver she claimed on Saturday in the 1,500 metres.


How many medals will Canada win in Pyeongchang?

Canada left the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia with 25 medals — just one shy of the national record set in Vancouver in 2010.

Can Canada eclipse the mark at the next Winter Games, which begin in exactly one year in Pyeongchang, South Korea?


Samuel Girard shows why he’s a rising star in short track with 500-metre gold at World Cup in Calgary

CALGARY — They call Samuel Girard the next Charles Hamelin of short-track speed skating.

A lofty comparison, to be sure, for a 20-year-old skater in only his third season on Canada’s senior national team. But the rising star from Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que., is clearly one to watch when it comes to multiple medal potential at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Canada's short track speed skaters 'a real team'

Nineteen years after Susan Auch, Jeremy Wotherspoon and six of their teammates won five Olympic medals, 18 world championship medals and 42 World Cup medals, Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais and 10 other men and women will attempt to carry the momentum from last year's success, starting this weekend at Calgary's Olympic Oval.

"They've become a real team and I think we've seen that the last couple of years in their results," Le May Doan, who will provide analysis for CBC Sports' coverage on Saturday and Sunday, said over the phone this week. "You're seeing various names on the podium and … they're happy for each other because they're real teammates.


Seven Canadians to watch gearing up for Pyeongchang 2018

They call Girard the next Charles Hamelin of short-track speed skating, which is much like tagging Connor McDavid as the next Wayne Gretzky in hockey. Whether Girard wins three Olympic gold medals like Hamelin is yet to be determined, but the kid oozes confidence and potential. Girard kicked off the season last weekend with gold in the 500 metres and silver in the 1,000 metres at the World Cup season opener in Calgary. Watch for more of the same this weekend in Salt Lake City… and beyond.