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Samuel Girard

Canada

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTCAN12606199601
NOCCanada
Born26 Jun 1996 in Ferland-et-Boilleau 
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Kasandra Bradette
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationAccounting, Management - CEGEP: Canada
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.987 22 Feb 2018 Gangneung  
    1000m 1:23.192 20 Aug 2017 Montreal  
    1500m 2:09.723 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:48.550 12 Mar 2017 Rotterdam  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m 1      
    5000m Relay     1  
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    1000m   1    
    1500m   1    
    5000m Relay   2    
    Overall     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/samgirardcan/  
twitter.com/SamGirardCAN  
www.samuelgirardcan.com/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachEric Bedard [national], CAN  
Reason for choosing this sport"It was luck. I wanted to learn to skate and started at a short track club."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age four at the F-18 club in La Baie, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesCrafting furniture, modifying his car. (olympic.ca, 01 Mar 2017)  
InjuriesIn October 2015 he sustained a 12cm cut to his right leg after injuring himself at the gym. He missed two days of training. (lapresse.ca, 27 Oct 2015)  
Famous relativesHis partner Kasandra Bradette has represented Canada in short track, and competed at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Mar 2018; lequotidien.com, 09 Sep 2017)  
Awards and honoursHe was named the 2017 Male Skater of the Year for short track by Speed Skating Canada. (speedskating.ca, 2017)

He received the 2014 Rising Star Award for short track from Speed Skating Canada. (olympic.ca, Mar 2017)
 
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolCanadian short track skater Charles Hamelin. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never give up on your dreams." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
NicknamesSam (lequotidien.com, 09 Sep 2017)  
Other informationPOST-PYEONGCHANG RE-EVALUATION
Following the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang he questioned his desire to continue in the sport, but was motivated to continue by the appointment of Eric Bedard as a national coach. "I was asking myself a lot of questions [in mid-2018]. Do I still love skating? Do I want to continue? I am Olympic champion, a gold medallist, so have I achieved all that I wanted to? Sure, I still have potential, but mentally am I ready to sacrifice what I want to do [outside of sport] because I have a chance of further success? It took one session with Bedard to decide. He came in hard, and we were left sore and burning afterwards. But I said, 'OK, this is why I love skating'. It gave me the kick I needed. That's why I want to continue, and I'm ready to go for another four years, to work together to be even better." (lapresse.ca, 20 Sep 2018)

SKATING COUPLE
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang he and his partner Kasandra Bradette both represented Canada in short track. The couple say their relationship helps one another overcome obstacles in their skating careers. "We met skating in Montreal. She [Kasandra] lived about an hour away from my old town and we met in Montreal. She was in the team and I joined it. If things go wrong for one of us [on the ice], then we can support each other. We are able to encourage each other, to help each other refocus and to turn the page, leaving emotions aside." (lequotidien.com, 09 Sep 2017; Kasandra Bradette Instagram profile, 18 Feb 2018; cafebarista.ca, 18 Jan 2018; isu.org, 31 Oct 2017)

HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang he became the first Canadian, and first North American, short track skater to win an Olympic gold medal in the men's 1000m event. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Oct 2018; cbc.ca, 25 Feb 2018)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 1000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall3  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m4  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m4  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall4  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m4  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m4  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m5  
    2016/2017 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m6  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m7  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall7  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay9  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m9  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall10  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m12  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m18  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall19  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m19  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall20  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Budapest 5000m Relay1  
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Dordrecht 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Toronto, ON 5000m Relay1  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2018/2019 Almaty 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Dordrecht 5000m Relay1  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Montreal, QC 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2018/2019 Almaty 5000m Relay2  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 5000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Dordrecht 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Nagoya 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 5000m Relay3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Shanghai 500m3  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m4  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay4  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay4  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay4  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m4  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m4  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m4  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m4  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m5  
    2016/2017 Dresden 5000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m5  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay6  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m6  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m7  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m7  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m8  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m8  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1500m8  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 5000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m10  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m10  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m11  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m11  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m17  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m19  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m20  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m20  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m21  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m23  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m35  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m35