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The UdeM campus well represented at the Tokyo Olympics

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The campus community of the Université de Montréal and its affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, will be represented in large numbers at the Olympic Games which will take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8.

Ten athletes, seven current students and three graduates, as well as two staff members will be on the journey.

Dr Yves Rossier, graduate and professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, will act as veterinary technical delegate for the International Equestrian Federation. Veronique richard, a master’s and doctoral graduate in physical activity science, and mental trainer with the Carabins women’s hockey team, will mainly accompany the Canadian women’s water polo team. She will also support some Canadian athletes in gymnastics, canoeing and artistic swimming.

The paranageuse Aurelie Rivard She will be there a few weeks later for the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5. She will be accompanied by doctors Andréanne Bourgeois and Philippe Gariepy, UdeM graduates, members of the Carabins medical team and doctors at the CEPSUM physiotherapy and sports medicine clinic. They will be assigned to the Canadian Para-swimming and Para-cycling teams respectively.

Two other members of the UdeM community will be very busy for the Tokyo Olympics, but this time from Radio-Canada studios and offices based in Montreal. The Carabins digital communications advisor Renaud St-Laurent will debut there as a sports descriptor. He will be at the microphone in 3 on 3 basketball games, a new Olympic discipline, and BMX races. David Letky, alumni relations advisor for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Carabins, will act as an editor in the digital media team.

The athletes of the UdeM campus in Tokyo

Students

Photo: Gymnastics Canada

René Cournoyer – Artistic gymnastics

  • Physiotherapy and certificate graduate in biomedical sciences in 2020
  • First participation in the Olympics
  • Pan American Games bronze medal (2019)
  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medal (2018)
  • Only male athlete on the Canadian gymnastics team
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👀 René will be in action at the individual final and the apparatus finals in artistic gymnastics.
📆 Entry on the scene on July 28 for the individual final

Photo : FINA

Audrey Joly – Artistic Swimming

  • Kinesiology student (Faculty of Medicine)
  • First participation in the Olympic Games
  • Pan American Games Gold Medalist (2019)
  • Double gold medalist at the World Series Super Final (2021)
  • Often assigned to banquins within the team, she took advantage of the pandemic to take diving courses to improve and be more spectacular and constant. (banquines being the jumps where the athlete is propelled into the air and completely comes out of the water)

👀 Will be in action at the team events.
📆 Entry on August 6 for the technical test

Photo : JGRImages

Florence Maheu – Canoeing

  • Kinesiology student (Faculty of Medicine)
  • First participation in the Olympic Games
  • Member of the senior national team since 2017
  • 13th at a World Cup event in Slovakia (2018)
  • Started canoeing at only 13 years old

👀 Will be in action in the slalom event.
📆 Starts July 25

Kristel Ngarlem – Weightlifting

  • Student in Individualized Studies in Science (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
  • First participation in the Olympic Games
  • Silver medalist at the IWF World Junior Championships (2015)
  • Pan American Championships Bronze Medalist (2019)
  • Her model is weightlifter Marie-Ève ​​Beauchemin-Nadeau

👀 Will be in action at the under 76 kg weightlifting event.
📆 Starts August 1

Photo: Canoeing Canada

Pierre-Luc Poulin – Canoeing

  • Student in Economics (Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and Corporate Finance (HEC Montréal)
  • First participation in the Olympic Games
  • Quadruple gold medalist at the 2013 Canada Games
  • Pan American Games bronze medalist (2015)
  • His brother Maxim is also an athlete, but in a canoe
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👀 Will be in action at K-4,500 meters races.
📆 Coming on stage on August 6.

Photo: Diving Canada

Vincent Riendeau – Diving

  • Electrical engineering student (Polytechnique Montreal)
  • Second participation in the Olympic Games (2016)
  • Pan American Games silver medalist (2015)
  • Commonwealth Games bronze medalist (2018 and 2014)
  • A neighbor introduced him to diving at the age of 6

👀 Will be in action at the 10m synchro event.
📆 Coming on the scene July 26.

Photo: Rafael Burza

Antoine Valois-Fortier – Judo

  • DESS student in sports management (HEC Montréal)
  • Third participation in the Olympic Games (2012 and 2016)
  • London Olympic Games bronze medalist (2012)
  • Gold medalist at the Pan American Championships (2016)
  • Started judo at the age of four

👀 Will be in action in the under 81 kg and team events.
📆 Coming on the scene July 27.

Graduates

Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu – Diving

  • Graduated from the baccalaureate in nursing in 2020. She thought that this year would be devoted intensely to the Olympics, but she took the opportunity to complete her studies.
  • First participation in the Olympics
  • Silver medals at FINA World Championships (2017 and 2019)
  • FINA World Cup silver medalist (2018)
  • Diving in a duet with her friend Jennifer Abel, she has been practicing this sport since the age of 4 and has been a member of the national team since 2010.

👀 Will be in action at the 3m synchro diving event.
📆 Entry on the scene on July 25

Photo: Zsuzsanna Vekassy

Laurence Vincent Lapointe – Canoeing

  • Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences (Faculty of medicine) in 2015
  • First participation in the Olympic Games (first time that the women’s canoe is presented there)
  • Pan American Games Gold Medalist (2015)
  • Eleven gold medals at the ICF World Championships (between 2010 and 2018) and holder of several world records
  • The last two years have been special for the athlete: suspended for doping in 2019, then shut out in 2020. After missing her Olympic qualification at the national trials in March, she obtained her qualification after Canoeing Canada argued her case. in front of the international federation so that it can benefit from a quota place.
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👀 Will be in action in C1 200m and C2 500m.
📆 Entered on August 4.

Photo: Swimming Canada

Katerine Savard – Swimming

  • Graduate in primary and preschool education (Faculty of Education) and former Carabins student-athlete
  • Third participation in the Olympic Games (2012 and 2016)
  • Bronze medalist at the Olympic Games in Rio (2016)
  • Gold medalist and two-time bronze medalist at the Pan American Games (2015)
  • Started swimming because her mom didn’t want her to develop a water phobia
  • Main actress of the film Nadia, Butterfly published in 2020
  • Recently won a Maurice Inspiration 2020 at the last Gala Sports Québec, recognition aimed at highlighting the work of those who have distinguished themselves through their actions and initiatives of great merit in 2020.
  • Trained in a warehouse in Pool club and in a Ström Spa nordique during the pandemic

👀 Will be in action in the 100m butterfly, 4 × 100m free relay and 4 × 200m free relay.
📆 Coming on the scene on July 24.

Student – Paralympic Games

Photo: Canadian Paralympic Committee

Aurélie Rivard – Para-swimming (S10)

  • Preparatory year student (Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
  • Third participation in the Paralympic Games (2012 and 2016)
  • London Paralympic Games silver medalist (2012)
  • Six gold medals and one silver at the Pan American Games (2015)
  • She was bullied a lot at school when she was young, swimming saved her
  • Protected by Benoît Huot, her mentor

👀 Events to be confirmed
📆 Coming on stage on August 26

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