Marianne St-Gelais

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Marianne St-Gelais
2010 Medals in 500 metres short track-Marianne St-Gelais.jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-02-17) February 17, 1990 (age 24)
Roberval, Quebec
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Sport
Country  Canada
Sport Speed skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 43.922 WR (2009)
1000 m: (2009)
1500 m: (2009)
3000 m: (2009)

Marianne St-Gelais (born February 17, 1990) is a Canadian short track speed skater. She won two silver medals in the 500 m and 3,000 m events at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

St-Gelais, one of five siblings, began skating at the age of 10 when her neighbour encouraged her to join the local speed skating club.[1] Her younger sister Catherine, 15, and brother Bastien 13, still skate competitively.

Marianne calls Saint-Félicien, Quebec her hometown but currently resides in Montreal with boyfriend and fellow short track team member Charles Hamelin.[2] St-Gelais as well as boyfriend Hamelin made Hello Canada's 50 most beautiful Canadians list in 2010.[3]

Career[edit]

As an accomplished junior skater, and world record holder, St-Gelais placed first overall at the 2007 Canada Games with four gold (500m, 1000m, 3000m and relay) and one silver medal (1500m). St-Gelais was named team Canada's "rising star" of 2009. Marianne St-Gelais is the 2009 world junior champion and world junior record holder in the 500 metres with a time of 43.922 seconds. St-Gelais won her first ever World Cup medal in 500m short track speed skating at Vancouver in 2009.

St-Gelais kisses boyfriend Hamelin, after he won his gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics

St-Gelais was a member of the Canadian team that attended the 2010 Winter Olympics in both the 500m and 3,000m relay.[4] Prior to these Olympic games she had yet to win any medals at an Olympics or world championships. On February 17, her 20th birthday, she won a silver medal in the 500 metres.[5][6] She followed this success with a silver medal on February 24, in the 3,000 metre relay, along with Jessica Gregg, Kalyna Roberge and Tania Vicent.[7] After the Olympics St-Gelais continued on her success at the Olympics with a bronze in the 500m at the 2010 World Championships as well as a silver in the 3,000m relay.[8] At the World Team Championships St-Gelais was a part of the Canadian squad that won silver in the event. This concluded what was the most successful season of her young career, with 2 Olympic silvers, 2 world championship silvers, and a world's bronze.

St-Gelais ended the 2010–11 ISU World Cup season as the 500 m World Cup Champion.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.canada.com/sports/2010wintergames/Gelais%20racing%20towards%202010%20Olympics/1448962/story.html Neighbour
  2. ^ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/car-life/my-car/olympic-hopeful-loves-to-go-fast-on-and-off-the-ice/article1411246/ St-Gelais and Hamelin
  3. ^ "Fresh faces make Hello Canada's most beautiful list". CTV. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/story/2009/12/23/spf-qualifiers1223.html Olympic Qualified
  5. ^ Lukas, Jennifer (February 17, 2010). "St-Gelais sees silver lining on her 20th birthday". CTV Olympics. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Canada's Winter Games Medals". Sporting News. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Lukas, Jennifer (February 24, 2010). "Canada takes silver in women's 3,000m relay". CTV Olympics. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Medal haul continues". Sportsnet. March 20, 2010. Retrieved May 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Canada's St-Gelais wins 500 m World Cup title". CBC Sports. February 20, 2011. 

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