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Olivier Jean


SportShort Track
Born15 Mar 1984 in Montreal 
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
Higher educationHuman Movement Studies, Physical Education - University of Quebec: Montreal, QC, CAN
LanguagesEnglish, French
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.342 16 Sep 2012 Calgary  
    1000m 1:21.815 15 Sep 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 2:12.714 14 Sep 2012 Calgary  
    3000m 4:45.673 11 Mar 2012 Shanghai  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    5000m Relay 1      
World Championships
World Championships
    500m 1 1 1  
    5000m Relay 3 1    
    Overall     1  
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay   1    
World Team Championships
World Team Championships
    Team 1 2 1  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and become the first athlete to claim Olympic gold in both short track and speed skating. (, 21 Mar 2017)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamLes Brise Glace de Lanaudiere: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesCycling. (Instagram profile, 17 Oct 2017)  
Other sportsHe won the Canadian roller speed skating sprint championships in 2006. He has also represented Canada in short track, claiming gold in the 5000m relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and speed skating. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Oct 2017;, 22 Oct 2015; Speed Skating Canada, 01 May 2009)  
Awards and honoursHe received the 2017 Athlete Excellence award at the Quebec Speed Skating Federation [FPVQ] Gala Meritas in Canada. (, 28 May 2017)

He was named the 2012 Male Short Track Skater of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. (, 10 Oct 2012)

He received the 2007 Rising Star Award for short track from Speed Skating Canada. (Speed Skating Canada, 01 May 2009)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachJillert Anema [club], NED; Bart Schouten [national], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe broke his ankle in 2015. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)

He sustained a concussion after falling during the 2012 World Cup event in Nagoya, Japan. (, 05 Dec 2012)

He suffered a serious training injury in 2007 when skates sliced through his protective guard and severed a tendon in his ankle. He required surgery and did not return to competitive skating until the World Cup team trials in September 2008. (, 18 Sep 2008)
NicknamesJamaicanadian [because of his affinity for Jamaican music and culture]. (NOC Media Guide, 2014)  
After representing Canada in short track at World Cup events for nine years, he decided to begin competing in speed skating in 2015. "It's been really challenging. I've been hurting a lot with my left leg because we're not used to a straight left leg in the straights. We're not used to linking many straight steps together seamlessly using your body weight. The corners are pretty straightforward. That's where my strength is now, the corner." (, 22 Oct 2015)

He skipped the beginning of the 2014/15 season to finish his kinesiology degree. (, 06 Oct 2014)
Most influential person in careerDutch speed skater Bob de Jong. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)  
Hero / IdolKorean speed skater Lee Seung-Hoon. (, 21 Mar 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"I am just a guy wearing spandex that turns left really fast." (ONS, 05 Feb 2014)  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I was always interested in long track, but I did not like the time trial format. So when I heard there was going to be a mass start [event] I thought, 'That's for me'. Coming from short track, eight laps already was a long way for me but I trained in marathon skating in the Netherlands for four months, so I was confident with my level of fitness."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age five. He switched from short track to speed skating in October 2015.  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Team Championships Team1  
    2010/2011 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2010 Olympic Games 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2001/2002 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay2  
    2009/2010 World Team Championships Team2  
    2008/2009 World Team Championships Team2  
    2008/2009 World Championships 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall3  
    2010/2011 World Team Championships Team3  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m4  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m5  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1500m5  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m5  
    2013/2014 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall6  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall6  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m Relay6  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m7  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2006/2007 World Championships 500m8  
    2010 Olympic Games 500m9  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m9  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m10  
    2006/2007 World Championships Overall10  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m11  
    2001/2002 World Junior Championships Overall12  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m12  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m13  
    2014 Olympic Games 500m13  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1000m15  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall16  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m17  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m17  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1500m20  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m22  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall22  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m41  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 500m1  
    2008/2009 Beijing 500m1  
    2006/2007 Montreal, QC 500m1  
    2011/2012 Saguenay, QC 500m1  
    2006/2007 Budapest 500m1  
    2011/2012 Nagoya 500m1  
    2011/2012 Shanghai 500m1  
    2011/2012 Moscow 500m1  
    2013/2014 Turin 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 Moscow 5000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 Nagano 5000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 Jeonju 5000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 Sofia 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 Changchun 5000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 Marquette, MI 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 Saguenay, QC 500m2  
    2011/2012 Shanghai 1000m2  
    2011/2012 Dordrecht 1000m2  
    2006/2007 Changchun 500m2  
    2008/2009 Beijing 1500m2  
    2012/2013 Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2011/2012 Dordrecht 5000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2009/2010 Montreal, QC 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 Beijing 5000m Relay2  
    2009/2010 Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 Changchun 5000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 Montreal, QC 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 Vancouver 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 Moscow 5000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1000m3  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 1500m3  
    2008/2009 Nagano 1500m3  
    2006/2007 Budapest 1500m3  
    2011/2012 Saguenay, QC 1000m3  
    2006/2007 Jeonju 1000m3  
    2013/2014 Turin 500m3  
    2008/2009 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 Montreal, QC 500m3  
    2011/2012 Saguenay, QC 5000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 Dresden 5000m Relay3  
    2009/2010 Beijing 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m5  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m5  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m5  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m5  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m6  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1500m8  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m8  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m8  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m8  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1000m9  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 5000m Relay9  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 500m10  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 500m10  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1500m11  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m13  
    2012/2013 Dresden 5000m Relay14  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 500m15  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m16  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1500m20  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1000m21  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1500m22  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1000m27  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 500m31  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 1500m32  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m35  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1000m38  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m39  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 1000m63