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  • FRANCOIS-LOUIS TREMBLAY - SPEED SKATING

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    CANADIAN SPORT AWARDS Junior, senior level, it didn't seem to matter for short track speed skater Francois-Louis Tremblay of Montreal in 1998. He excelled at all levels.

    Of course the highlight was claiming the overall crown at the world junior championships held in St. Louis, MI. After crashing in the first race, the 17-year-old college student rebounded with a victory in the 500 metres and silver medals in the 1,000 and 1,500 metres.

    A few weeks later he then showed he could compete with the best skaters in the world. He placed third overall at the Canadian Open championships and he was also the top Canadian at a World Cup meet in December.

    He leads a crop of young talent ready to challenge for a spot on the senior national team for the upcoming world championships and eventually maintain Canada's world power status in the sport. Tremblay was recently named Montreal's junior athlete of the year for 1998.


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