|Born||December 17, 1976 (age 40)
Sainte-Thècle, Quebec, Canada
Éric Bédard (born December 17, 1976, in Sainte-Thècle, Quebec) is a Canadian short track speed skater who has won 4 Olympic medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). He participated in three individual events at the 2006 Winter Olympics and finished fourth in the 500 meters. He also led a team into the 5000 meter relay, winning the silver medal. He has been a longtime member of Canada's short track team and has won four medals in three Olympic games: bronze in the 1,000 meters in Nagano, and two golds and a silver in the 5,000 meter relay. He has also had a lot of success at the World Championships, capturing 10 medals, including three golds (5,000 m relay in 2005 and 1998 and 500 m in 2000).
Bédard was national squad coach of Germany from 2008 till 2010. From 2010 he is national squad coach in Italy.
- http://shorttrack.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/wie-eric-bedard-ein-%C2%BBitaliener%C2%AB-wurde/ Bedard changes to Italy on German Shorttrack Newssite
- Bedard's web site (in French)
- Yahoo! Sports profile for the 2006 Winter Olympics at the Wayback Machine (archived 22 March 2006)
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