Olivier Jean



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Olivier Jean (born on March 15, 1984 in Lachenaie, Quebec) is a Canadian short track speed skater from Lachenaie, Quebec currently residing in Montreal. He is a well-known figure for his dreadlocks and for listening to reggae, which he says makes him skate faster.

Jean skates in every distance for the Canadian team and is a member of the national short track relay team. He helped the team to a silver at the 2007 World Championships. As well Jean skated to a bronze at the recent 2009 World Championships. Olivier Jean is a member of the Canadian team and relay team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Jean qualified for the 1500m final on February 13 after judges ruled he was interfered with during his semi-final heat. Jean would go on to finish 4th in the final just missing out on a medal. On February 26, he won a gold medal in the 5000 m relay along with Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, François-Louis Tremblay and Guillaume Bastille.

At the 2012 World Championships Jean won gold in the 500 m, he followed this with a gold medal in the men’s relay final where he skated the anchor leg. He also won his first overall medal at the World Championships when he finished with the bronze.