“These will be my Games.”
After trading world titles in short track’s glamour event with Dancing with the Stars winner Apolo Anton Ohno, Charles Hamelin came into Vancouver looking to win an even bigger prize – an Olympic gold medal on home ice against his wildly popular American rival.
For the first 14 days of the Olympics, Charles was still waiting for the hardware to back up his bold prediction.
On the final Friday evening of the Games, Charles claimed his moment. Then he did it again. First, in a dramatic men’s 500m, Charles edged Apolo at the line. Then, he skated with his brother François and the rest of the Canadian Relay Team to win again in under 30-minutes becoming the only Canadian athlete to claim two gold medals on home ice.
It was a race that even the Prime Minister called the most exciting event of the Olympics.
Double Olympic silver medalist Marianne St-Gelais, Charles’ girlfriend, added to the emotion with a post-victory kiss that has become one of the most memorable and enchanting moments from the Games.
In Sochi 2014, Charles added to his impressive collection of Olymipc gold medals and rinkside kisses from St-Gelais, winning the 1500m with a beautiful pass on rival Viktor An of Russia.
Then, some good news for Canada. After some deliberation with coaches and his family, Charles announced that he'll be skating for "four more years" on the Strobo Show.