| Date of Birth:
February 8, 1977
Place of Birth: Sherbrooke, QC
Residence: Montreal, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 137 lbs
When Canadian short track speed skater Mathieu Turcotte finally decides to retire from competitive racing, it probably won't be too hard for him to figure out what to do next with his life. After all, as an already successful entrepreneur, who has turned his interest in orthotics and prosthetics into a thriving company that designs and manufactures custom skating boots, it's clear he intends to remain in the sport he loves long after he hangs up his own blades.
As for his own skating career, Turcotte isn't quite ready to walk into the sunset just yet. As an alternate at the 1998 Nagano Games and a double medallist at the 2002 Games (gold in the 5000m relay, bronze in the 5000m relay), Turcotte knows what it takes to succeed on the world's biggest stage.
Turcotte's ability to deliver when it matters most, coupled with his increasingly solid results over the last two seasons, definitely looks good on the team veteran.
After finishing the 2002-03 and 2003-04 World Cup seasons ranked 29th and 13th overall, Turcotte made a huge move in 2004-05, finishing as the No. 2 short track skater in the world, behind American star Apolo Ohno.
Early in the 2005-06 World Cup season, Turcotte already has one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. These results, coupled with his ability to deliver the goods when it matters most, bodes well for a potentially lucrative medal haul in Italy.
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