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Myriam Bédard

Full name: Myriam Bédard
Gender: Female
Height: 5-3 (161 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: December 22, 1969 in Ancienne Lorette, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Biathlon Courcelette, Courcelette, Québec (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Biathlon

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

French-Canadian Myriam Bédard began her training in marksmanship at the age of 15 upon joining the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and, by the age of 18, was the Canadian Junior Champion in biathlon. After winning a biathlon World Championship event in 1991, she joined the Canadian Women’s Biathlon Team for the 1992 Winter Olympics, the first time the competition was made an official event for females, and won a bronze medal in the 15km individual competition. At the 1994 Games she improved her performance, winning a gold medal in the same event, as well as gold in the 7.5km sprint. For her efforts she received the Lou Marsh Trophy –awarded annually to Canada’s top athlete – and the Velma Springstead Trophy, which honors Canadian women’s achievement in sport. After a child and several injuries that affected her performance at the 1998 Winter Games, she retired from biathlon. A brief attempt at building a career in speed skating was followed by an appointment as the only woman on the International Biathlon Union’s executive board, beginning in 2004. She received the Olympic Order in Silver in 2001.

Bédard’s encountered personal problems in February 2004 when she claimed that she had been forced to leave her job in 2002 after raising issues with the company’s financial dealings. In December 2006, she was arrested for child abduction of her own daughter in Washington, D.C. and was extradited in January 2007. Facing up to 10 years in prison, she was found guilty in September and given an absolute discharge (leaving her with no criminal record) and two years probation the following month. In March 2010 the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld her conviction and sentence, although her lawyer vowed to bring the case before the Supreme Court. It also rejected the Crown prosecutor’s attempt to seek a tougher punishment.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint Canada CAN 12
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Women's 15 kilometres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Women's 3 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Canada CAN 11
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint Canada CAN 1 Gold
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Women's 15 kilometres Canada CAN 1 Gold
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Canada CAN 15
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint Canada CAN 32
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Women's 15 kilometres Canada CAN 50
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay Canada CAN 17

Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M S1T S1R S2T S2R
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Canada Final Standings 12 26:04.6 1 0 1
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Canada Final Standings 1 26:08.8 2 0 2
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Canada Final Standings 32 25:11.3 0 0 0 8:35.2 28 17:49.3 29

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank AT M ST SR S1M S2M S3M S4M S1T S1R S2T S2R S3T S3R S4T S4R
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Canada Final Standings 3 52:15.0 2 50:15.0 5 0 1 1 0
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Canada Final Standings 1 52:06.6 2 50:06.6 6 0 1 0 1 8:47.8 1 21:00.0 2 30:41.6 1 43:14.2 1
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Canada Final Standings 50 1-02:44.1 3 59:44.1 54 1 0 1 1 12:36.8 42 25:08.4 35 38:05.9 42 51:45.3 46

Women's 3 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER
1992 Winter 22 Albertville Biathlon Canada CAN Final Standings 11 25:19.9 0 0 0 55:19.6 8

Women's 4 × 7.5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T M S1M S2M ET ER ES S1ES S2ES
1994 Winter 24 Lillehammer Biathlon Canada CAN Final Standings 15 27:20.9 0 0 0 59:03.5 7
1998 Winter 28 Nagano Biathlon Canada CAN Final Standings 17 25:20.0 0 0 0 54:04.6 17 1 1 0
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