| Date of Birth:
November 13, 1980
Place of Birth: Alma, QC
Residence: Montreal, QC
Years on National Team:
Weight: 159 lbs
At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Francois-Louis Tremblay, like the rest of the young short track speed skating team, looked to veteran Marc Gagnon for leadership. Four years later in Turin, Tremblay, will be asked to shoulder some of those leadership responsibilities as another strong short track Canadian team looks for gold.
Tremblay began skating at the age of four in his hometown of Alma, QC, and by five was already racing. He joined the junior national ranks in 1997, finishing his first elite level season in the back of the pack.
One year later, in 1998, he would be named World Junior Champion. In 1999, Tremblay made the transition to the senior team, where he was an instant hit. Over his first four years on the World Cup circuit, he would finish three seasons ranked in the Top-10. This period also marked his first trip to the Olympics, where, along with Gagnon, Turcotte and Jonathan Guillemette, he struck gold in the 5000m relay at the Salt Lake City Games.
Strangely, Tremblay would go into a funk after the Olympics, eventually failing to qualify for the national team in 2003-04. However, a year away from the spotlight appears to have had a positive effect on the young speed demon. In 2005, he won a pair of gold medals and a silver one at the World Championships. And early in the 2005-06 World Cup season, he has already won a gold and three bronze medals.
Look for Tremblay to add to his quickly growing collection of medals in Turin.
February 26: Scolded skater finds podium
February 26: Silver lining
February 25: Tremblay wearing silver skates
2006 Shorttrackskating Coverage