Hamelin brothers part of proud Quebec short track speed skating tradition

Canadian Olympic speed skater Charles Hamelin. (Courtesy)

Canadian Olympic speed skater Charles Hamelin. (Courtesy)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

The brothers Hamelin, Charles and Francois, mentioned during a recent media event that one of their heroes growing up was former Olympic short track speed skating medallist Frederic Blackburn.

And so they were told a story about their hero.

Seems at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, members of the Anglo-Canadian media were feeling a bit anxious, given that their French-speaking counterparts were getting all the best short-track stories because most, if not all, the short-trackers were from Quebec and didn’t speak English well. (Never mind that the Anglo-Canadian media had to lasso a writer from the Chicago Tribune to translate French into English for them). After a few days of trying to wrangle up something decent to write, Blackburn came through with a surprise silver medal in the 1,000 metres. Great, we all thought. Frederick Blackburn. How English is that?


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