Date of Birth:  April 14, 1984
 Place of Birth: Levis, QC
 Residence: Montreal, QC
 Years on National Team:
 2
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A

One of the young guns in Canadian short track speed skating, Charles Hamelin represents both the present and future of the powerful men's team. His quick ascent through the ranks is even more amazing when you consider that the 21-year-old did not start speed skating until he was 10.

When he joined the junior ranks in 2002, Hamelin made a profound and immediate impact. At his first World Junior Championships that year, he finished fourth in the 500m and ninth in the 1000m. One year later he improved to second and fourth in those races, respectively.

The young Francophone's transition to the senior circuit in 2003 was a little difficult -- his best result in an individual race at the World Championships was a 32nd-place finish in the 1000m. However, that same year he joined what has become one of the most successful 5000m relay teams in history. Together with Francois-Louis Tremblay, Mathieu Turcotte and Jonathan Guillemette, the team would win silver that year.

At the 2005 World Championships, the relay team would strike gold, while Hamelin would also break out in the individual races. He would finish the fourth ranked skater in the competition after coming in second in the 500m, fourth in the 1000m and fifth in the 1500m. He would also pick up three victories on the 2004-05 World Cup circuit.

With a gold, a silver and two bronze medals to his credit early in the 2005-06 season already, Hamelin looks like a solid bet to bring home even more hardware from Turin in 2006.


Related Headlines:
February 26: Silver lining
February 25: Tremblay wearing silver skates

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