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Sylvain Bouchard

Full name: Sylvain Bouchard
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: April 12, 1970 in Loretteville, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Norbec Université Laval
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Sylvain Bouchard started skating at age five, though not only long-track but also ice hockey and short-track. In 1986, aged 16, he started concentrating on long-track and developed as a sprinter. He made his international entry in 1994, placing 11th at the World Sprint Championships, and finishing 11th and 5th at the 500 and 1,000 m respectively at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Bouchard came closer to the top in the following years, but failed to make the World Sprint podium, finishing fifth in 1996. In 1995, he broke the 1,000 m World Record, but lost it to countryman Kevin Overland the next day. After the 1998 Olympics, where he again finished just outside the medal positions (500 m\: 4th, 1000 m\: 5th), Bouchard’s finest hour came at the World Single Distance Championships at home in Calgary. After finishing second in the 500 m, he broke the World Record to win the 1,000 m, and after the tournament, Bouchard retired from speed skating. Apart from his world title, Bouchard's prize cabinet also features two Canadian sprint titles (1995-96) and wins in two World Cup races (1,000 m in Jeonju, 1996 and 500 m in Milwaukee, 1998).

Personal Bests\: 500 – 35.21 (1998); 1000 – 1:09.60 (1998); 1500 – 1:51.68 (1998); 5000 – 7:33.56 (1989); 10000 – 17:55.33 (1990).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Canada CAN 11
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 5
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Canada CAN 4
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 5

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 11 37.01 10.05
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4 72.00
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Race 1 4 35.90 9.91
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Race 2 5 36.10 9.97

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 5 1:13.56 17.08 44.15
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 5 1:11.29 16.92 43.22
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