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Michael Gilday


SportShort Track
Born05 Jan 1987 in Iqaluit 
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationCommerce - University of Calgary: Canada
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.924 16 Sep 2012 Calgary  
    1000m 1:23.114 21 Oct 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 2:12.140 17 Sep 2010 Calgary  
    3000m 4:49.738 19 Mar 2011 Warsaw  
    500m 41.579 15 Feb 2009 Dresden  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    5000m Relay 2      
World Team Championships
World Team Championships
    Team     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1992 at age five in Yellowknife, NT, Canada.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe took up the sport because his friend was doing it.  
International Debut
International Debut
Competing forCanada  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life." (NOC Media Guide, 2014)  
HobbiesCross-country skiing, camping, hiking, spending time outdoors. (NOC Media Guide, 2014)  
InjuriesHe suffered a concussion after crashing during the Canadian Olympic team trials in August 2013. (, 19 Aug 2013)

His 2011/12 season was cut short after he fractured his left shoulder at the World Cup event in Moscow, Russia. (, 02 Feb 2012)

He missed two weeks due to a concussion in 2009. (, 02 Sep 2013)
Other sportsHe was the cross-country skiing Western Canadian junior champion in 2003. (, 2011)  
Famous relativesHis father has coached speed skating at level three. His mother Pam has been president of the Speed Skating Association of the Northwest Territories in Canada. His younger sister Jill has competed in short track at national level. His cousin Leela is a singer and songwriter who won a Juno Award in 2007. (, 26 Jan 2014; NOC Media Guide, 2014;, 22 Oct 2013;, 29 Mar 2012)  
Awards and honoursHis family was awarded the 2007 Gagne Family Award for their contributions to speed skating in Canada. (, 2011)

He was named NWT [Northwest Territories] Junior Male Athlete of the Year for 2003 and 2005. (, 2011)
Most influential person in careerHis father David Gilday. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2012)  
Hero / IdolCanadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott. (Athlete, 09 Dec 2012)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
He retired from competitive speed skating in September 2014 after sustaining a number of serious concussions. "I skated for over 20 years, including several years at international level. I think the time has come for me to try something else. I am at a point where I have to think about the rest of my life." (, 23 Sep 2014)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2010/2011 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 World Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Team Championships Team3  
    2013/2014 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m5  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m5  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m Relay6  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall10  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m14  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m17  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Turin 5000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Changchun 5000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Quebec, QC 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Vancouver 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 1000m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Montreal, QC 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Montreal, QC 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Montreal, QC 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Beijing 5000m Relay2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Vancouver 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 5000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m3  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Nagoya 1000m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Saguenay, QC 5000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 Dresden 5000m Relay3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 5000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m4  
    2008/2009 Dresden 5000m Relay4  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1500m5  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m6  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m7  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m8  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m8  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m14  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m15  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m17  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m17  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m17  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m19  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m25  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m25  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m34  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m41  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m41  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m48  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m68