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Date of Birth: 30/05/67
Place of Birth: St-Jerome, QC
Hometown: Mont-Rolland, QC
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 154 lbs
Years on National Team: 9
  Benoit Gauthier went through an emotional roller coaster before receiving official confirmation that he qualified for his second Olympic Games. The problems started after Gauthier and his former partner in canoe doubles Francois Letourneau placed ninth at the world championships last September to automatically qualify for the Games.
  However a few weeks later Letourneau announced he was quitting the sport. The reason? His girlfriend issued an ultimatum that it was her or the paddling career. Suddenly Gauthier had an Olympic berth in his pocket but no partner.

  But last February, Tyler Lawlor a member of Canada's number-two C-2 squad broke ranks with his partner. Gauthier and Lawlor combined forces however they still needed to prove to the Canadian Olympic Association they could be competitive internationally. They achieved that by placing 14th at the season opening World Cup on the Olympic course in Sydney.

 "We're not yet at the same level I was with Francois," said Gauthier, a father of two. "But we get along great and are improving. With Francois his personal problems were beginning to mount and we were not progressing as much anymore anyway."

2000 Games
Sept. 19: Men's C-2 doubles: Benoit Gauthier, Lac-Alouette, Que., and Tyler Lawlor, Ottawa, finished ninth in qualifying, advanced to final.


Photos
Canadians Gauthier & Lawlor hitch a ride
Gauthier & Lawlor go through a gate
Gauthier and Lawlor hit a wave

2000 Games Canoe & Kayak Coverage