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François Drolet

Full name: François Louis Drolet
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: July 16, 1972 in Sainte-Foy, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Les Citadelles de Québec
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

François Drolet was a hockey player for a decade prior to getting a late start in the world of short track speed skating at the age of 15, influenced by a younger cousin. He made his international debut at the 1995 World University Games, where he took home two bronze medals, and was recruited to the Canadian national team several weeks after the tournament, although he spoke little English at the time. He had a strong lead up to his first (and only) Winter Olympic Games in 1998: he won gold and silver medals at the 1996 World Championships, in the team and 5,000m relay events respectively, and another relay silver at the 1997 edition. He qualified for the 500m individual, 1,000m individual, and 5,000m relay competitions at the 1998 Winter Olympics and took home gold with his team in the latter event. He retired from active competition after the Olympics, choosing to focus on earning his business degree from the University of Laval. He was an advisor with team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Canada CAN 16
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 11
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay Canada CAN 1 Gold

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 16 5 DQ
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two AC DQ
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Two 1 Q 5 43.551

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 11 7 1:32.513
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 2 1:32.513
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Five 1 Q 5 1:32.949

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 1
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 1
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1