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Isabelle Charest

Full name: Isabelle Charest (-Charbonneau)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: January 3, 1971 in Rimouski, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Montréal International, Montréal (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Isabelle Charest joined the national team in 1988 and began to rise in prominence as a Canadian short track speed skater in the early 1990s as she found more and more success in international events. She first appeared at the Winter Olympics in 1994, taking seventh in the 500m event, sixth in the 1,000m competition, and a silver medal in the 3,000m relay. The following year she began a run as Canadian champion that would last until 1999, and was named the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada, but it was in 1996 that she truly made history in the sport. Not only did she place third overall in that year’s World Championships, with gold and silver in the 500m and 1,000m events respectively, but she set a new world record in the former competition that she would hold as long as she was Canadian champion. She soon broke her own record, however, and became the first woman to skate the 500m in under 45 seconds, officially with a time of 44.86 seconds in March 1997, and unofficially (although it was counted as a Canadian record) three months prior with a time of 44.77 seconds. With this title to her name, it was no surprise that she was once again named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year that season, and her success followed her to the 1998 Winter Olympics, where she took home 3,000m relay bronze. She had the fasted 500m time during this tournament, but fell during the final and ended up in seventh place, the same ranking she received in the 1,000m event.

Charest then decided to take a break from competition to focus on obtaining her Bachelor’s in nutrition from the University of Montreal. By the end of the year, however, she was back on the ice and trying her hand at the long track. By mid-1999 she had switched to short track once more and was preparing for her next Winter Games. Although she took another leave during 2001, she captured another bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in the 3,000m relay, as well as placing fourth in the 500m event, prior to retiring. She is a member of the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame and now owns the Cardio Energy Center in Granby, Quebec.

Results

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 7T 9 47.25
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two AC DQ
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 1T Q 5 47.25
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Four 1 Q 5 46.92
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 7 13 DQ/44.991
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final AC DQ
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q/OR 5 44.991
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 Q 3 46.194
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Eight 1 Q 5 46.085
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 4 44.662
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 2T Q 21 44.307
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Four 3 ADV 13 45.011
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Three 2 Q 21 44.964

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 6
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round B Final 1 1:37.49
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QB 1:37.89 2
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 1:40.29 5
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Two 1 Q/OR 1:39.55 5
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 7
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round B Final 4 1:37.813
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QB 1:35.741 2
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 Q 1:37.200 5
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Three 1 Q 1:39.729 5

Women's 3,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 2
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 2
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 3
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 3
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 2
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 3
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 3
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat Two 2