lundi 17 août 2009

Jean makes the Olympic grade

The Globe and Mail - August 16th

Olivier Jean, right, of Montreal, Que., looks over Francois Hamelin, 2nd right, of Montreal, Que., during a 1000m race at the Canadian Olympic short track speedskating team tryouts in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday August 15, 2009. Jean won the race and qualified for the Olympic team. At left is Liam McFarlane, of Medicine Hat, Alta. Sixteen men and sixteen women are competing to be on the Olympic team at the five-day camp which wraps up August 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
His black race day T-shirt reads “Chuck Norris has two speeds: WALK and KILL” and features the action hero brandishing a gun; it seems an accurate, if hyperbolic, mission statement for short-track speed-skater Olivier Jean.

The native of Lachenaie, Que., a suburb northeast of Montreal, is an easy-going, oddball presence away from the rink, but as he says, “when I'm on the ice, I'm there to kill.” And that's what he's done, in a metaphorical sense, to rivals who are vying for a place on Canada's Olympic short-track team.

When Jean was wandering the streets of downtown Vancouver last week in search of new accoutrements for the national short-track speed-skating trials, he popped into a comic-book shop to inquire “who's your fastest superhero?” He emerged with a red The Flash T-shirt that could make its competitive debut in today's finals.

“He's fast, and he's kicking ass just like me … it was my goal four months ago, it was my goal a year ago to skate all three distances at the Olympic Games,” said Jean, whose regular rotation of competition undergarments includes Sylvester Stallone's muscle-bound rogue soldier John Rambo (“that's the one for big occasions”), Norris, Rastafarian icon Haile Selassie and martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

“Maybe I'll wear Bruce Lee [today],” he said.

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