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After winning four medals in three olympic Games as an athlete, Bédard has been the head coach of the team on short track in Germany for the Vancouver Games in 2010
After having gained experience in Germany, in Italy and in France, Éric Bédard will be back in the canadian program as the coach of the male national team on short track.
Speed skating Canada made the announcement in a press release, in which it is specified that the ex-athlete from Saint-Thècle will take office on August 13. Bédard is the successor to Derrick Campbell, who left the group in June to become the head coach of the national team of China.
“Not only is Eric not only with him vast experience that he has accumulated at the international level and that will enhance our men’s program in its quest for medals at the world Cup, world Championships and the olympic Games, but he also has a vision and experience that enable him to understand how the structure of development in Canada leads to sustained performance towards 2022 and beyond “, said the head of sport at speed Skating Canada, Shawn Holman.
After winning four medals in three olympic Games as an athlete, Bédard has been the head coach of the team on short track in Germany for the Vancouver Games in 2010, and then to the formation of Italy at the Sochi 2014 where their athletes have won three medals.
He then flew to France to take over these responsibilities for one year, before returning to Canada as the manager of the high performance short track at the Calgary olympic oval from 2015 to 2018.
Since 2016, he was also the director of high performance at the speed skating Association of Ontario.
Through his different professional experiences, he has also shared his expertise by organizing training sessions for the development of coaches and athletes.
“Return to the arena Maurice Richard and Montreal, following my retirement in 2006, and after so many years on the outside, is very special, especially in this role prestigious and popular around the world,” said Bedard by way of a press release.
“I remember my first days at Saint-Thècle, Mauricie, and now have the opportunity to coach the best speed skaters in the world here, in Montreal, is something of which I am very proud of it. And most importantly, I am very excited at the idea of being able to contribute to the success of my country. “
Bédard considers that its work will be to ensure the progress of the team in place, but also of the future generation, ” in the hope to continue the tradition of excellence in speed skating on short track canadian en route to the Games of 2022, and also those who will follow “.
“Last year, we have seen the great potential of this team, especially in the case of Samuel Girard with his gold medal in the 1000 m and his two fourth positions in the olympic Games, as well as the relay team which has returned to Pyeongchang with the bronze medal, but also Charles Hamelin, who went to look for the title of champion of the world “, he recalled.
Éric Bédard won olympic gold in the relay and bronze in the 1000 m in 1998 in Nagano, gold in the relay in 2002 in Salt Lake City and silver in the relay in 2006 in Turin, Italy. He has been inducted into the breast hall of fame, the canadian olympic Committee in 2004, that of speed Skating Canada in 2008, and then in the Panthéon des sports du Québec in 2011.