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Yves Hamelin, Canada's short-track guru, moving to Calgary's Oval

Yves Hamelin is moving west to take over as director of the Olympic Oval in Calgary after years of overseeing the national short-track team in Montreal.

Team won 8 Olympic, 40 world championship medals under his watch

Yves Hamelin is moving west to take over as director of the Olympic Oval in Calgary after years of overseeing the national short-track team in Montreal. (Speed Skating Canada/Canadian Press)

Yves Hamelin is moving west to take over as director of the Olympic Oval in Calgary after years of overseeing the national short-track team in Montreal.

Hamelin, whose son Charles is a winner of three Olympic gold medals in short track, will start his new job July 14 at the Oval, according to an announcement on the University of Calgary website.

"I'm very happy to start this new mandate which will keep me close to the sport and to speed skating," Yves Hamelin said in a statement released by Speed Skating Canada. "It was probably the most difficult decision that I had to make in my career because I was so close to the short-track program and to the team members.

"My last eight years have been very interesting and I think I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to be with such a quality team. I'm very happy to be able to continue to support the program, but in a different position."

The short-track team won eight Olympic and 40 world championship medals during the eight years Hamelin was Speed Skating Canada's short-track director.

"Yves Hamelin has been a very important piece of the continuation of the tradition of excellence for the short track program on the international level in the past years, whether it be his involvement with the high performance athletes or in the long term domestic planning of future Olympic champions."

Canada's long-track team is based at the Oval in Calgary.

The long-track team won just two medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after winning five in 2010 and eight in 2006.

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