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Éric Bédard

Full name: Éric Bédard
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: December 17, 1976 in Sainte-Thècle, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: St-Tite
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Éric Bédard had had success at both the intermediate and senior levels in national and international short track speed skating competitions in the early-to-mid 1990s, but as short track speed skating was only slowly gaining national acceptance (and attention) during that period, his was far from a household name. He placed third overall at the 1997 Canadian Championships and earned a spot at the 1998 Winter Olympics qualifying for the 500m, 1,000m, and 5,000m relay events. He did not disappoint, earning gold in the relay and bronze in the 1,000m competition, and began a rapid climb to national prominence. Although his efforts tended to be overshadowed by teammate Marc Gagnon, he captured gold medals in the 5,000m relay and team events at the 1998 World Championships and a bronze in the 500m. After winning silver in the team event at the 1999 World Championships, he had his best season at the tournament in 2000, with gold in the 500m and team events, silver in the 1,500m competition, and second place overall. In the lead-up to the 2002 Winter Olympics he won gold in the team event and silver in the 5,000m relay in the 2001 World Championships. He only qualified for the 5,000m relay at the 2002 Games, but made the most of it by winning a gold medal for Canada with his team. Later that season he took silver medals at the World Championships in the 5,000m relay and team categories, in addition to bronze in the 1,000m competition.

Bédard had irregular results on his way to the 2006 Winter Olympics, with gold medals in the team event at the 2003 and 2005 World Championships and silver in the 5,000m relay at the former. Although he was disqualified during the 1,000m event, he placed fourth in the 500m competition and second in the 5,000m relay, adding a final Olympic medal to his take before retiring from active competition. Since 2008 he has coached the German national short track speed skating team.

Results

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T PLR
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 10 7 43.113
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 3 2 43.113
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Seven 1 Q 5 43.342
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4 AF-4
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 4 42.093
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 21 41.950
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 Q 34 42.267
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Two 1 Q 34 42.480

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 3 1:32.661
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 1:36.233 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 Q 1:29.622 3
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Four 2 Q 1:32.975 3
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings AC DQ
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two AC DQ
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 Q 1:27.546 21
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Five 1 Q 1:28.274 34

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 1
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 1
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 1
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 2
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 2
2006 Winter 29 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1
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