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Jean Fournel

Full name: Jean Fournel
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: July 13, 1956 in Lachine, Québec, Canada
Died: June 14, 1997 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Club de Canoë de Course de Lachine, Lachine (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Father of Émilie Fournel; Father of Hugues Fournel.


Fresh off of representing Canada at the 1975 Pan-American Canoeing Championships, Jean Fournel was selected to paddle for his nation at the 1976 Summer Olympics. As a member of the K4-1000 squad, he did not qualify in the opening round of the event, but survived to the semi-finals by finishing third in his heat in the repêchage. He was then eliminated in a heat that was won by Spain, the eventual runners-up. Once his competitive career ended he worked as a fireman, but also founded the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club alongside his wife Guylaine St. Georges, who had competed at the Pan-American Games as a member of the Canadian national canoeing squad. He served as a coach to many aspiring athletes including his children [Émilie], who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games, and [Hugues], who participated in the 2012 edition. Jean, however, never got to see either of his children make the national team as he died of cancer in 1997.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres Canada CAN 4 h1 r3/4

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat One 1976-07-31
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Repêchage Heat Two 1976-07-29
1976 Summer 20 Montréal Canoeing Canada CAN Round One Heat One 1976-07-29
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