| Date of Birth:
September 15, 1985
Place of Birth: St. Nicholas, QC
Residence: St. Nicholas, QC
Years on National Team:
Young gun Francois-Olivier Roberge, along with Denny Morrison, Justin Warsylewicz and Vincent Labrie, represent the future of the men's long track speed skating programme.
The young skater first showed up on the national radar when he represented Canada at the World Junior Championships as a wide-eyed 16-year-old in 2002. Remarkably, he finished the event ranked 27th overall.
Unfortunately, the next two years would not be as good to Roberge. He would miss both the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships before returning in a big way in 2005. At that event in Seinajoki, Finland, Roberge would win a silver medal in the 500m, losing the gold to Morrison. He would then hook up with both Morrison and Warsylewicz to win gold in the Team Pursuit.
Roberge has recently become a member of the senior national team but, not surprisingly, currently finds himself well back on the squad's depth chart. He's been restricted primarily to B Division World Cup races in his rookie season, but did manage a third-place finish at an event on the Olympic Oval in Turin earlier this season.
A bronze medal in the 1000m at the Canada Post Single Distances Championships last December earned Parker his spot on the Olympic team. And while he is not a yet a threat for a podium finish, the experience should aid in his development as he looks to be a much bigger contributor in Vancouver in 2010.
2006 Longtrackskating Coverage