HE'S COMING HOME!!!
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Jonathan Guilmette is on his way back to Montréal, Québec, Canada! After
staying in Gothenburg Sweden 10 days longer than originally planned because of the cracked vertabra he suffered in the 1000m
World Championship race (and the back surgery that ensued), he wrote in his journal from Paris, France today to say that he
is flying home first class and enjoying champagne in the First Class Lounge for Air France.
He is up and walking, although slowly at the moment. "Thanks
to everyone who wrote to me or wrote something in the Group Card", Guilmette said of the support he received from his family,
friends, fellow-skaters and fans while hospitalized. "It kept me positive during difficult moments."
For his complete recounting of the events that let up to his
injury and his thoughts on it now that he's out of the hospital, click on the Jo's Journal / Le journal
de Jo link to the left.
BACK SURGERY AND SISTER'S THOUGHTS
Thursday, March 25th, 2004
The Canadian sports sites on the world wide web have kept right up
on what has been going on with Jonathan since the 1000m crash five days ago. Click the link below to read
Speed Skating Canada's report on the back surgery that Jo underwent to stabilize his vertabra and avoid a spinal cord injury.
Also, RDS.ca ran a letter from Nathalie Guilmette,
Jonathan's sister. The letter is in French, but you can use an on-line translator like freetranslation.com for
the text in English. Click the below link to read her letter.
GET WELL SOON
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
For the many who have requested a group
card for Jo, your wish is my command! Please feel free to sign the group Get Well card that was created for Jonathan
by clicking on the link below. The card will be sent to him on April 4th, so please have your messages written by April
5th. And thank you to all who have shown so much support for Jonathan!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN JO'S CARD
(IT LOOKS LIKE HE'LL BE OK)
March 21st, 2004
In regard to the Jonathan's recovery from his crash
yesterday in the 1000m race in Gothenburg, Sweden, initial news seems to indicate that his injuries will not be permanent
and that he will likely skate again! On March 20, Noelle Neu of OhnoZone.net posted the following on her site:
"Jo's major concern will be pain in the short term.
He is expected to make a complete recovery and should be able to return to skating without problems. They still need
to do additional tests on him tomorrow to make certain there are no other injuries, and Jo will remain hospitalized here in
Sweden for a week or so.
"Tonight at the awards banquet, when his name was read
during the awards announcements, Jo received raucous and sustained applause. When I went to ask his coach how he was
doing, I told him there were a lot of people in the U.S. rooting for Jo's recovery as well."
Indeed, the outpouring of good wishes for a speedy recovery
has been from all over the globe. Stay tuned for news as we receive it.
|Photo By: Noelle Neu
|Jonathan happily accepts his 1500m silver medal & shakes the presenter's hand - Gothenburg, Sweden
GUILMETTE SUFFERS SERIOUS
BACK INJURY AT WORLDS
March 20, 2004 Gothenburg, Sweden
Guilmette suffered a back injury today in the 1000m race at the World Championships in short track speed skating. He was diagnosed with a stable compression fracture of the 11th vertebrae (middle back) and
is expected to remain in the hospital for up to a week. His injury occurred when
he tried to take the lead coming into a curve before the last lap.
and Seung-Jae Lee of South Korea, the skater he was trying to pass, both went down.
Guilmette crashed first into the boards and the Korean then slid into Guilmette.
Lee was DQ'd from the race and Guilmette was fitted with a neck brace
and carried off on a stretcher.
Kraus of Abbotsford, BC also crashed into the boards in her 1000m QF after a Russian skater tried to pass her from the inside. The 26-year-old Canadian was taken to the hospital for a lower-neck exam and then
accidents shook up the Canadian contingent enough that the team did not compete in the 3000m and 5000m relay finals, the last
2 events of the competition.
Koreans Ahn Hyun-Soo and Choi Eun-Kyung were both named World Champions for the second year in a row.
ended the meet with 2 medals, both won Friday in the 1500m ~ Guilmette's silver and Kraus' bronze. An amazing fact, however, is that Guilmette finished 6th in the overall standings, despite having
earned points in only the one race, not being able to finish his 1000m and not competing in his 3000m! Quite an accomplishment!
all pulling for you Jo! Get well soon, and we hope to see you back on the ice
good-as-new next season. :)
Information Courtesy Of: Speed
EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT OF CRASH
I'm sure you've heard or have figured out that Jo crashed today and was injured.
Right now it doesn't look too good. His injury is very serious. It was very upsetting to see. In the last lap, Jo was trying
to pass and the Korean Lee swung wide, or cross-tracked or something, and sent Jo headfirst into the boards. Lee crashed
too and Jo took the full force of Lee crashing into him and then into the boards. He was lying on his back and appeared to be in considerable pain.
Agony is more like it. The one positive thing that can be said is that
his legs were moving. They took him out of the rink immobilized on a
Sorry to be so blunt about everything, but I just want to let you know what
I saw. This isn't the type of thing that can be sugarcoated. No one I've spoken to has heard anything official yet. The
Canadian team doctor (McCall) told some U.S. team people that he thinks Jo has the same injury that Evelina Rodigari got some
days ago while training. I believe she is still in the hospital here in Sweden.
I hope it's all overly dramatic and we'll soon learn that things aren't as
bad as they sound right now. I'll let you know whatever news I'm able to learn tonight. Apparently Alanna is going
to be fine and they took her to the hospital for x-rays just in case.
Eyewitness Report From: Noelle Neu
JO WINS SILVER
AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 19, 2004
Jonathan won the silver medal! In Friday's opening 1,500m race at the World Championships, Guilmette turned in a
stunning, nearly gold performance!
the 1,500m, the defending World Champion, Ahn Hyun-Soo of South Korea, took the gold medal in 2:16.376. Guilmette was 2nd in 2:16.418 and Suk-Woo Song of South Korea was 3rd in 2:16.657.
Robillard was also in the final and came in 5th in 2:16.983. Jean-François
Monette was eliminated in the semifinals and got 9th place.
Koreans set a strong rhythm at the start and I tried to be patient," said Guilmette.
"Ahn is certainly the man-to-beat right now. He's very difficult to pass
and is very durable, particularly in the longer distances. But this is the kind
of start I wanted at these championships. I felt strong and it took the world
champion to beat me."
the men's 5,000 m relay preliminaries, Canada won its heat with Monette, Robillard, Guilmette, Mathieu Turcotte and Charles
racing to come on Saturday, March 20. Read Jonathan's journal entry on the 1,500m
race on the Jo's Journal page.
Courtesy Of: Speed Skating Canada
|Photo by: Noelle Neu
|Jonathan consuls with Head Coach, Guy Thibault, between 1500m races in Gothenburg, Sweden
TEAM CANADA WINS SILVER AT WORLD
Sunday, March 14, 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia
The men of Team Canada won the silver medal in men's
competition today in what came down to a tie-breaker via the relay. South Korea won the gold medal with 32 points,
Canada won the silver with 28, Italy won bronze with 18 and China came in 4th with 15 points.
In the relay
final, both the Canada and Korea came into the race with 22 points each. The Koreans got 1st for the
relay in 6:50.521 and Canada was second in 6:50.821.
In the individual distances, Guilmette got the most points for Canada by placing 1st in his 1,000m heat and 2nd in his 500m
and 3,000m races. Hamelin won his 500m heat and was second in his 1,000m,
Turcotte got 2nd in his 500m & Jean-François Monette and Steve Robillard both came in 2nd in their 1,000m races.
Congratulations Team Canada on a job well-done and particulary
to Jonathan for an extraordinary performance today!
Information Courtesy of: Speed Skating Canada
|Photo Courtesy of: Speed Skating Canada
|Hamelin, Monette, Turcotte, Robillard and Guilmette pose with their silver medals.
CANADA WINS BRACKET, DAY 1
WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, March 13, 2004
St. Petersburg, Russia
men of Team Canada won 8 out of their 10 heats in men's competition Saturday to qualify for the final at the World Team
They got 54 points to win their bracket, Italy came in 2nd with 30 points, and Russia
and Britain tied for third with 18 each. South Korea finished racing in their bracket with 50 points, China
was second with 33 points, Japan was third with 23 and France collected 13 points for a 4th place
Canada and South Korea will both go directly to Sunday's final and did not have to skate the repechage.
Second and third in each of the two brackets competed later Saturday in the repechage to determine the last two
spots for the final. China and Italy won those spots.
At the World Team Championships, there are heats in the
500m, 1,000m, 3,000m and 5000m relay. A skater from each country skates in each heat. The winner in the
heat earns five points for his country, second place earns three and third place earns one, while relay points are doubled.
the five team members are rookies, not the least of which is Steve Robillard, a national team member for speed
skating as well as an in-liner ~ he got 13 points for Canada with victories in his 500m & 1,000m
heats as well as a 2nd place in the 3,000m.
Jean-François Monette won his 500m and 1,000m heats for
10 points, Jonathan Guilmette won his 1,000m and the 3,000m races for an additional 10 points and
Mathieu Turcotte won his 1,000 heat to add 5 more.
Canada with Guilmette, Monette, Turcotte and Charles Hamelin got
even more points by winning the 5,000m relay in 7:02.656, over six seconds ahead of Italy!
Competition will conclude on Sunday, March 14th. Stay tuned.
Information courtesy of: Speed Skating Canada
WEBSITE FOR JONATHAN GUILMETTE
Monday, March 1, 2004
Add another link to your skating favorites
JonathanGuilmette.com launched today and the
site is dedicated in its entirety to two-time Canadian champion and Olympic gold and silver medalist, Jonathan Guilmette.
Aside from having the usual things
one might expect to find on a skating website such as photos, news flashes, race schedule, links and stats, it has games,
Olympic Photo albums that take you through the races in chronological order (feels like you're watching the races via still
photographs), contests for original, autographed prizes and a skating journal written by Guilmette in both his native
French as well as English. Interviews with Guilmette, wallpaper and Buddy Icons round out the site, as
well as technical articles from a speed skating coach for those who are looking for more than the fan experience in a
A French version is currently being built
and will offer a greater diversity of web-surfers to visit, and portions are already up. There are also plans to
add some surprises after the launch.
Personal participation from Guilmette should
prove to make for an exciting website experience. "I think it's great that someone is building a site for me", said
Guilmette. "I'm very happy [about it]."
The Star Wars/space theme running throughout
is for Guilmette's fascination with the movies which he lists as his favorites. The site was built and is maintained
by LJB Site
WORLD CUP CIRCUIT FOR GUILMETTE
Thursday, February 19th, 2004
When the 6th and last World Cup
event concluded in Bormio, Italy, the 2003~2004 ISU World Cup Short Track Ice Speed Skating final
rankings were announced. The top six men and women overall were awarded prize money, and Jonathan Guilmette
was among the recipients.
"The best four results for each skater or team count toward the final rankings. 50 points
are awarded for a win, 49 for second place, and so on" stated the report on isu.org. Guilmette finished 5th in
the world with 184 points overall (his highest World Cup overall ranking ever), and 3rd
in the 1000m, with 188 points (also a personal best).
In addition to the accomplishments listed above, he finished 5th
in the 500m with 179 points, 9th in the 1500m with 170 points, and Team Canada came in 2nd overall with 197 points.
An exciting season for Guilmette indeed, and well-earned placement. Congratulations,