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Hamlin brothers part of proud tradition

On the ice, or off?the ice, I more aggressive, charles continued. the ice, I be calm, but if something pokes me when I getting ready, I going to explode. I be there to just calm things down, said Francois. more of an (even) tempered guy. I don like any fight at all. may be so, but on the ice, they both fighters. In fact, Charles will be fighting for medals in all four events in Sochi; the 500, 1,000, 1,500 and relay. And that certainly not a pipe dream. The Converse Sale Uk Size 3

the Hamelins respond like they didn understand the question. But, yes, they are quite different personalties. It obvious that Francois, at 26 and three years younger than his bro, is more outgoing.

is more an impulsive guy, said Francois.

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calm, calm, calm, calm, and then boom, I going to explode, Charles added.

It hard to imagine two closer brothers. For more than a decade, they travelled the world together, supporting each unconditionally in both good times and bad often at the same competition, such as the Vancouver Olympics. Sitting inside the frigid Mattamy Centre on Wednesday, the Hamelins took turns setting each other up for a laugh and often finished each other thoughts. As Charles said, when you have such a close confidant at every competition someone you can lean on when times are tough it a huge advantage.

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he didn blame me, Charles continued. days later, we won gold medals (in the 5,000 metre relay) because he said: move on. Hamelins are extremely talented athletes. Charles, with his three Olympic medals and eight world championship titles, is one of the greatest Canadian winter athletes of all time. But they also have a secret weapon. As corny as this sounds, one of the reasons the Hamelins have done so well over the years is the family support unit. They have each other as their mom, Manon Goulet, said: brothers first, then friends and then competitors Their dad, Yves Hamelin, is the short track program director at Speed Skating Canada, and Charles girlfriend, Marianne St Gelais, is also on the national team. And when Converse Rainbow Boots

The Hamelins howled at the story and explained that one of the reasons why so many of Canada best short trackers, including themselves, hail from Quebec is because of tradition. Kids in La Belle Province grow up hearing and reading about their short track stars, and the Hamelins were no exception.

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Seems at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, members of the Anglo Canadian media were feeling a bit anxious, given that their French speaking counterparts were getting all the best short track stories because most, if not all, the short trackers were from Quebec and didn speak English well. After a few days of trying to wrangle up something decent to write, Blackburn came through with a surprise silver medal in the 1,000 metres. Great, we all thought. Frederick Blackburn. How English is that?

they competing at an Olympics, their mom Manon makes the trip.

The brothers Hamelin, Charles and Francois, mentioned during a recent media event that one of their heroes growing up was former Olympic short track speed skating medallist Frederic Blackburn.

Sainte Julie, Que., native has already had a tremendous 2013 14 season and is ranked first in the 1000 and second in the 500 and 1,500. And given that Canada short track relay team is always strong, multiple medals is certainly not a long shot.

great, Francois added. very lucky to have this. It unique. And we have a great relationship with the rest of the team. We have a blast, and we take every competition as a new experience and we enjoy every moment that we can. asked if they ever get on each other nerves, Converse Heels For Kids

Turns out it was Frederic Blackburn, not Frederick Blackburn, and Monsieur Blackburn English was, to borrow a phrase from The Simpsons, inelegant. Of course, we weren aware of that until we started firing questions at him anglais and he gave us his best Pierre Trudeau shrug.

I saw all those skaters Frederic Blackburn, Marc Gagnon, Nathalie Lambert, Jonathan Guilmette, Isabelle Charest . I wanted to be like them, said Charles, the double gold medallist from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (500 individual event and 5,000 metre relay). after the Olympics in Salt Lake City (in 2002) with Marc Gagnon and Jonathan Guilmette winning gold and silver in the 500 metres, I was like: day I want to do that. I want to do that with one of my teammates, going to the podium with one of them. And it almost happened in Vancouver in the 1,000 metres when I was with Frank in the final. that event, Charles, who admittedly got swept up competing at a Olympics, started too quickly and he and Francois were overtaken by the other skaters. The brothers finished fourth and fifth a bitter disappointment.

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And so they were told a story about their hero.

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felt so bad, said Charles in a video produced by their sponsor Procter Gamble. was my fault (because) he was following me all the way.

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been skating together for the last 20 21 years and we know exactly how the other guy is feeling on and off the ice, he said. Frank comes off the ice and he disappointed with his performance, I there to remind him of the great things he did in the race. On the other side, if he too happy, I just bring him down to Earth and get focussed for the next race, the next Converse Shoes Uk Store competition.

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