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Three-time Olympic short track speed skating gold medallist Charles Hamelin made a special announcement in an interview with George Stroumboulopoulos: he intends to compete at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
"You're the first one I can say that to.... I'm going for four more years," said Hamelin in an exclusive interview with George.
"When I talked with my coach we had a long discussion about what I did in the past, what I did in the Olympics, what I still can do," said Hamelin. "I never had one year where I was equal or worse than the year before. I've always improved year after year. Even this year compared to last year."
Hamelin, who won a gold in Sochi last month, also won two Olympic golds in Vancouver in 2010 and a silver in Turin in 2006. If he competes in 2018 it'll be his fourth Olympic games.
"I want to know where it can get me and I want to go as far as I can," said Hamelin. "I'm the kind of guy who I go for everything, or I stop. Like, I say, 'I'm going four years.' (Then) I'm going four years and I will make my chance to go to another Olympics."
And why is Hamelin doing this exactly?
"I love short track," he says. "And when you love something you don't see it as work, as difficult. I wake up every morning and I'm just pleased to go to the rink and have pain in my legs."
George's interview with Charles Hamelin airs Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. on CBC.