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Marc Gagnon

Full name: Marc Gagnon
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: May 24, 1975 in Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Montréal International, Montréal (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Brother of Sylvain Gagnon.

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

The younger brother of Sylvain Gagnon, short track speed skater Marc Gagnon began skating at the age of three and, a year later, he was already competing. His World Championship career began in 1993 and he found instant success, winning bronze in the 3,000m event, silver in the 500m competition, gold in the 1,000m contest, and took the overall tournament. He easily made the national team for the 1994 Winter Olympics and took bronze in the 1,000m event, in addition to placing fourth in the 500m competition and the 5,000m relay. Between then and his next Winter Olympics, in 1998, he captured two more World Championship titles in 1994 and 1996, was runner up in 1995 and 1997 tournaments, and took home three more bronze, six more silver, and seven more gold medals. At the 1998 Winter Olympics he captured gold with the 5,000m relay team, but placed fourth in the 500m event once again and sixteenth in the 1000m competition. That year he also won his final overall World Championship, adding four more gold medals to his total. He took 1999 off, but returned in 2000 with a gold medal in the team event at that year’s World Championships. At the 2001 World Championships, his final one, he took gold in the 1,500m event, silver in the 3,000m competition and the 5,000m relay, and third in the tournament overall. His last stop was the 2002 Winter Olympics, where he finally captured gold in the 5,00m event, in addition to winning the 5,000m relay once more and placing third and sixteenth in the 1,500m and 1,000m competitions respectively.

Over the course of his career, Gagnon held many world records. He held the 1,000m record for nearly two years, skating a 1.28,230 on April 4, 1997, a feat that was not surpassed until Fabio Carta skated it in 1.27,424 on January 24, 1999. After skating to a world record 2.18,61 in the 1,500m event on February 6, 1995, he bested his own accomplishment on March 1, 1996 with a time of 2.18,16 and was not surpassed until November 11, 1997. He was a member of a team, which included his brother, Frédéric Blackburn, and Bryce Holbech, that set a world record in the 5,000m relay with a time of 7.09,76 on March 19, 1995 at that year’s World Championships. Replacing Holbech with Derrick Campbell, they improved their record on October 29th of that year to 7.02,48 and held it until December 8, 1996. He retired from active competition after the 2002 Winter Olympics and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He now works as a motivational speaker across Canada.

Results

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 4 52.74
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 44.08 5
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 Q/OR 43.84 5
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Two 1 Q/OR 44.69 5
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 4 1:15.60
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 42.780 3
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 Q 43.254 5
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Five 2 Q 43.901 3
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 1
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 1 OR 41.802
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 41.981 21
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 42.384 21
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Three 2 Q 43.395 21

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS BT
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round B Final 1 1:33.03
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QB 2:16.27 1
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 Q 1:31.93 5
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat One 1 Q 1:32.52 5
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 16 3 DQ
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat One AC DQ
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Seven 2 Q 1:30.476 3
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 16 21 1:28.718
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Quarter-Finals Heat Two AC DQ
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Five 2 Q 1:28.718 21

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Final Round A Final 3 2:18.806
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 Q 2:20.050 21
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat Six 1 Q 2:20.126 34

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 4
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 4
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat Two 1
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 1
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 1
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Standings 1
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round A Final 1
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1
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