Four-time Canadian Olympic champion Hamelin retires

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Speed ​​Skating – ISU World Short Track Speed ​​Skating Championships – Men’s 1000m Final – Seoul, South Korea – 13/03/16 – Canada’s Charles Hamelin celebrates after winning. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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April 11 (Reuters) – Four-time Olympic champion Charles Hamelin ended his career at the world short track championships in Montreal on Sunday and said there was no better way to finish than racing ahead of his friends and his family.

Hamelin, who won his fourth Olympic gold medal in the men’s 5,000 meters relay in Beijing earlier this year, led Canada to bronze in the same event on Sunday in his final race.

The 37-year-old then took to the ice to skate a farewell lap with his daughter in his arms.

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“It means a lot to me. She’s a bit older, but maybe she didn’t understand what was going on. But I’m sure she enjoyed the time with me. It was the one of the things I wanted to do, and I’m glad it happened here in Montreal,” said Hamelin.

“It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. The chance to finish at home, with my family in the stands, is the greatest feeling. It’s almost like every Olympics I’ve been to. .”

Hamelin’s first Olympic medal was a silver medal in the 5000m relay in Turin in 2006. He won gold in the same event four years later in Vancouver as well as an individual gold medal in the 500m Mr.

He also won gold in the 1,500m in Sochi in 2014 and bronze in the 5,000m relay in Pyeongchang four years later.

Hamelin has won 14 world titles and won the men’s overall title at the 2018 World Championships in Montreal.

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bangalore; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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