François Hamelin (born 18 December 1986) is a Canadian former short track speed skater from Sainte-Julie, Quebec, currently residing in Montreal. He is the younger brother of acclaimed Canadian short tracker Charles Hamelin. His father Yves Hamelin is also the director of the Canadian short track program.
|Born||18 December 1986|
Lévis, Quebec, Canada
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Sport||Short track speed skating|
While not having nearly the same amount of success of his older brother, Hamelin has had success at the junior level in international competition. He joined the Canadian national senior team for the 2007-08 season. Hamelin has been an important part of the Canadian short track team helping them to both a silver at the 2008 World Championships, and a silver at the 2008 World Team Championships. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, François skated with his brother in the 1000m short track final, only to place 5th. On 26 February, he won a gold medal in the 5000 m relay along with his brother Charles, François-Louis Tremblay, Olivier Jean and Guillaume Bastille. He also took a silver in the 500 m at the 2010 Worlds, and was part of the Canadian team which won the gold in the 5000 m relay at the 2011 World Championships. He took a total of 48 medals in international competition.
In the Sochi 2014 Olympics, he finished 9th in the 1500m and 6th as part of the 5000m relay team.
In June 2018, Hamelin announced his retirement from competition, having launched his own athlete management agency, Balboa Sports.
- "Olympic champion in short track relay François Hamelin officially announces his retirement". Speed Skating Canada. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- Lukas, Jennifer (26 February 2010). "Canada makes it a 3-medal day in short track". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- Nichols, Paula (30 August 2017). "10 short track speed skaters nominated to Team Canada for PyeongChang 2018". www.olympic.ca/. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- "Gold medallist Hamelin to lead Canada's 2018 short-track team". www.sportsnet.ca/. Sportsnet. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.