Olivier Jean

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Olivier Jean
Personal information
Born (1984-03-15) March 15, 1984 (age 33)
Lachenaie, Quebec
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Country  Canada
Sport Speed skating

Olivier Jean (born March 15, 1984) is a Canadian short track speed skater. 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

At the 2017 World Speed Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea Jean won a bronze medal at the mass start event.