According to Speed Skating Canada in a press release on Tuesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec plans to compete in short track speed skating through the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
Hamelin is a four-time Olympic medalist, having won a gold medal in the men's 1500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and the men's 500m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and two medals in the men's 5000m relay--a gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and a silver at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.
Hamelin's decision does not come as a huge surprise because he fell in the men's 500m and 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. These were two disciplines where Hamelin was a strong medal contender. Instead Russian Viktor Ahn became the most decorative male short track speed skater at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi after winning the men's 500m, 1000m, leading Russia to gold in the relay and finishing third in the men's 1500m.
Hamelin's immediate focus however will be on the 2014 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships that goes this weekend in Montreal.