According to Scott Russell of CBC Sports on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Levis, Quebec is planning to marry his girlfriend, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Marianne St-Gelais of Roberval, Quebec. The engagement was announced during the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
Hamelin, who is 30 years of age, has won three gold medals for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Hamelin won the gold medal in the men's 500m short track speed skating event and was part of the men's 5000m relay team that won a gold medal. He also won a gold medal in the men's 1500m short track speed skating event at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Hamelin also won a silver medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin in the men's 5000m relay for Canada.
St-Gelais, who is 24 years of age, has won three silver medals for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, St-Gelais won a silver medal in the women's 500m and another silver medal in the women's 3000m relay. St-Gelais then was part of the Canadian women's team that won the silver medal in the women's 3000m relay at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Hamelin plans to return for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but this time as a married man. One thing is for certain, and that is Hamelin and St-Gelais are in love. The pair had one of the longest kisses at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver following Hamelin's gold medal in the 500m.
It would not be surprising if many fans did not recognize St-Gelais during the Celebration of Excellence Parade on Friday. That is because St-Gelais was without her long blonde hair. St-Gelais had her head shaved as she was raising $15,000 for cancer, according to Donna Spencer of the Canadian Press.