| Date of Birth:
December 12, 1976
Place of Birth: Ste-Thècle, QC
Residence: Montreal, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 159 lbs.
Éric Bédard is one of Canada's most versatile short track speed skaters, and a legitimate medal threat going into the 2006 Turin Games.
Bédard first began speed skating at the age of four, and while his skating talent was well served as a hockey player, he committed fully to the sport at eleven.
An eight-year member of the National Team, he has posted numerous impressive results at individual and team relay competitions and has been among the top-ranked skaters in Canada all of those years.
In 2001, he was the World Record Holder in the 1500m event. During the 2005-06 World Cup season, Bédard remains a threat in that discipline, having earned pair of silver medals at races in Italy and Korea.
However, Bédard's greatest success on the short track has been as part of Canada's relay teams. He won gold with the 5000m relay squad at the 2005 World Championships, and also recently topped the podium in that same event in the Netherlands.
Bédard has competed at the last two Olympic Games, earning an individual bronze in the 1000m, and gold in 5000m relay at the Nagano Games in 1998. In Salt Lake City in 2002, Bédard skated to yet another gold medal in the relay.
Éric is committed to the growth and promotion of the sport, contributing his skills and experience as an instructor at speed skating camps each summer.
February 26: Silver lining
February 25: Tremblay wearing silver skates
February 19: Short-track slump
February 9: SUN Prediction: Silver Medal in the 500M and relay
2006 Shorttrackskating Coverage