Good times in Hawaii!

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#funinthesun

Holidays are almost over… but not quite yet!

I just want to take a few minutes to let you know that Marianne and I are really enjoying Hawaii, its beaches and mountains, and the sun of course (how can we not?).
*Don’t worry, we hydrate and cream every day!*

I feel refilled with plenty of energy, ready to take our off-season by the horns, and get in shape for next one!

See you in Montréal,

CH

Publié le March 29, 2016 .

My first conference!

That's it, I did it !

Last week , I presented my first conference in front of the Estrie Figure Skating Club. 

I am relief that everything went well and that the crowd appreciated it! I loved my experience and I'm ready to go meet other groups to exchange with them about sports and my career!

Thank you for having me again and I hope you will all become your own .... ( you have to see my conference to know the end of my sentence!)

To be continued ...

See you

Frank

Publié le June 2, 2015 .

The last World Cup starts tomorrow!

The last World Cup starts tomorrow, in Turkey!

We spent a lovely week in the small town of Erzurum, I think I ate too much baklavas. I hope it will not affect my performances this weekend. Ouf!

I will participate at the 1 500 m and 500 m.

I'm looking forward to share my results with you!

Cheers,

Frank

Publié le February 13, 2015 .

A quick getaway before the World Cups!

The calm before the storm ...

Yep! I will be part of the Canadian team that will compete in the next World Cups. The 5th will take place in Dresden, Germany, February 6 to 8 and the 6th in Turkey!

Before I left, I went up north, in the Laurentians, for some fresh air with my fiancée!

I can not wait to tell you more about the results of my last World Cups of the season!

Take care, 
Frank

Publié le February 2, 2015 .

My 2015 Canadian Championships!

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I’m very proud of my performance at the 2015 Canadian Championships! It was a really fun competition, plus it was in Montreal - but it certainly wasn’t easy! It’s always a little tricky to go up against your training partners. You know their weaknesses, but they also know yours and that’s the biggest challenge with this competition.

My goal was to qualify for the next World Championships and I was hoping to finish among the top 3 Canadian skaters. I am happy to have reached my goals! I won three gold medals over the weekend, winning the 500m, 1000m and 1500m! I also finished 2nd in the 3000m. I took nothing for granted and I raced smart! Mission accomplished.

The younger team members are constantly pushing me to work harder. They race to win and they’re good! I am happy to have retained my Canadian champion title for the 9th year in a row. It’s motivating!

Next, I’ve got my sights set on the two upcoming World Cups, the first in Germany, the next in Turkey. Those will be the last stops before the World Championships, which will be held in Moscow from March 13th to 15th.

From here on in, it’s training time – physical and mental preparation and many hours on the ice!

Chat soon!

CH

Publié le February 2, 2015 .

Departure for the World Cup in China!

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I  have to be ready, because tomorrow, December 6th, I leave for Shanghai, China.! For some, it will be their third World Cup of the season but it will be my first! I am very excited to take part in another international competition.

Because we’ve begun a new Olympic cycle, I decided to try a new discipline: long track. I went to Calgary because I wanted to try something new, something different to motivate me, and it worked! Since the summer, my training has gone very well and I feel ready to race. I’ve grown a lot, particularly from a personal standpoint and I have a new attitude about skating.

I want to enjoy every moment and. as much as possible, not let stress get in the way. I’ve also realized that with this mindset, the results are coming much more easily. I know that I still have a long way to go, and a lot to learn! Like any athlete who wants to improve their performances, there is always something to work on. Derrick constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone, and you know what? It's a good thing! I like to constantly push myself because this is how you learn to be proud of yourself and gain confidence. Now is the best time to try new techniques ... while there is still time before the 2018 Games.

As I followed closely the first two World Cups, I was really looking forward to putting my own skates on. The competitions in China will take place from December 12th to 14th. We are arriving almost a week in advance to acclimatize to the conditions, ice and jet lag. Even if skating around in circles is very familiar to us, anybody would get a bit of headache due to the thirteen hour time change!

I want to wish you Happy Holidays. See you soon !!

 Frank

If you want to have more informations on the third World Cup : http://www.speedskating.ca/events/international-competitions

Publié le December 5, 2014 .

Short Track Speed Skating World Cup - Montréal 2014

This weekend, Charles and I will be at the Maurice Richard Arena for the second World Cup of the season.

Charles had impressive performances in Salt Lake City last week. Second place at 1500 m, not bad! We also wish him the best of success in Montreal.

For this second World Cup, I rather take part as an ambassador. I will attend the competitions and I also look forward to meet all of you.

If you think it goes fast on TV,  you won't believe it live! It's awesome!

Good luck to the team! See you this weekend?

Frank

Publié le November 18, 2014 .

Thank you!

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We want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who stopped by our Hamelin stand at the World Championships, a week ago in Montreal! It was a pleasure to see so many H in the stands, you all looked great. We have a lot of ideas and new stuff will come up soon. Stay tuned!

Charles & Frank

Publié le March 24, 2014 classé sous News.

Recovering from a fall

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Nobody wants to fall in relay, especially not at the Olympics.  This quick moment will probably haunt me forever but I can’t erase what happened, I must simply learn to live with the situation. But for now, and for the next few weeks, I have other things to focus on because the World Championship is approaching.

With the support of my teammates, I managed to put aside this difficult event because despite everything, I still have work to do and I have to stay concentrated.  I already dread the end of the season because with a lighter schedule, I will certainly have time to think about the fall I did in Russia.  Ironically, I had never fallen in a relay before, never until Sochi.  The idea of reventing my teammates to win a medal is undoubtedly the toughest part.  However, I left Sochi realizing how blessed I am to be surrounded by a team as united, a team that stands strong together, regardless of the results.  We have worked extremely hard to be at the best of ourselves for the Olympics and nobody can take that away from us.

Please continue to encourage athletes that are working so hard to succeed in their sport. Good or bad results, your support always makes us happy.

Now, in about a week will be the short track World Championship in Montreal. This is a major event, so if you have the opportunity to go and watch the competition at Maurice Richard arena, you won’t be disappointed!

Publié le March 5, 2014 .

Home at last

A week has passed since Charles and François came back from the Olympics and the brothers are both really happy to be home. After living a range of emotions in front of the whole nation, the Hamelin are glad to finally be back in Montreal.  A gold medal, a fall, and another fall... The team had the potential to collect 8 medals but short track speed skating can sometimes be so cruel and things don’t always turn out the way you expected. The total of medals isn’t obviously what they had in mind, but Charles and François ensure that this Olympic experience made them bigger and stronger.

The two brothers wanted to express their feelings after these games. Thus, the two following posts were written by them.

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Competing at the Olympics is an extraordinary and unreal experience. You can come home filled with joy or with painful disappointment. But in my opinion, showing to the whole world that you have the will to win is a great achievement in itself. I started these games with the best victory in my career, I really wanted to show how our country can dominate and for that, I say mission accomplished.  The efforts made with my coaches and my teammates paid off and that moment will stay in my memory forever. The rest of the trip can be described with two words: bad luck.  In short track, anything can happen and the risks are always very high, but isn’t that what makes this sport so exciting? I had bad luck in the 1000m and 500m, but thanks to Marianne, François, my parents and the enormous support of my coaches, my teammates, the Canadian delegation and the whole country, my pain was reduced. So for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The Olympic games are now behind us but the season is not over yet.  I’m really excited to race at the World Championships that will be held on March 14, 15 and 16 in Montreal.

Regarding the question you are all asking, will I hang up my skates or continue another four years? I haven’t decided yet, I need more time to think about it... But for now, one thing is for sure, I will give my 100% at the World Championships in two weeks, believe me!

Charles

Publié le March 4, 2014 .