March 15, 1984 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||80.74 kg (178.0 lb; 12.714 st)|
Olivier Jean (born March 15, 1984 in Lachenaie, Quebec) is a Canadian short track speed skater from Lachenaie, Quebec currently residing in Montreal. He is a well-known figure for his dreadlocks and for listening to reggae, which he says makes him skate faster.
Jean skates in every distance for the Canadian team and is a member of the national short track relay team. He helped the team to a silver at the 2007 World Championships. As well Jean skated to a bronze at the recent 2009 World Championships. Olivier Jean is a member of the Canadian team and relay team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Jean qualified for the 1500m final on February 13 after judges ruled he was interfered with during his semi-final heat. Jean would go on to finish 4th in the final just missing out on a medal. On February 26, he won a gold medal in the 5000 m relay along with Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, François-Louis Tremblay and Guillaume Bastille.
At the 2012 World Championships Jean won gold in the 500 m, he followed this with a gold medal in the men's relay final where he skated the anchor leg. He also won his first overall medal at the World Championships when he finished with the bronze.
During the 2011 World Team Championships Jean was the victim of a bizarre sabotage event, when American Simon Cho damaged his skate blade after the United States were already eliminated. This caused the Canadians to be unable to skate for gold, leaving them in the bronze position. The events came to light at an inquiry into the actions of U.S. coach Jae Su Chun in 2012.
- "Canadian star speedskater Hamelin falls short in first attempt at podium Vancouver Olympics". Winnipeg Free Press. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-16.[dead link]
- Lukas, Jennifer (2010-02-26). "Canada makes it a 3-medal day in short track". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
- "Charles Hamelin wins silver in 1,500-metres at worlds". CBC Sports. March 11, 2011.
- "U.S. speedskater says coach pressured him to tamper with Jean's skates". CBC Sports. October 5, 2012.