Chantal Petitclerc

Chantal was born on December 15, 1969 in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Québec. At the age of 13, she lost the use of her legs following an accident. Convincing her to take up swimming in order to develop her strength and stamina, her high school physical education teacher, Gaston Jacques, would have a decisive impact on her life. For Chantal, that was her first contact with sport and training. Four years later, she would discover wheelchair athletics, paving the way for a long and very successful career which would take her to the Barcelona Games in 1992, and ultimately, to the Beijing Games in 2008.
Chantal Petitclerc returned from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games with 5 gold medals, 2 new world records and 1 new Paralympic record, making her the most decorated female track athlete in history as well as the only Canadian athlete to have won gold medals at the Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games.
Her career in numbers:

Five Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing)
21 Paralympic medals (including 14 gold medals)
4 world records (100m, 200m, 400m and 800m)
5 Paralympic records (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m)
1 Olympic gold medal in the 800m (demonstration sport)

Chantal has received several recognitions for her sporting career, including being appointed Companion of the order of CanadaChevalier( 2009), being named Personality of the Year by La Presse newspaper (2004) and receiving the Laureus international award (2005). Other recognition:

Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec
Lou Marsh Trophy as Canadian athlete of the year
Star on Canada's Walk of Fame
International Paralympic Committee Female athlete of the year
La Presse Sports personality of the year
2010 United States Sports Academy’s (USSA) Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC Award.

While the Beijing Games would be the last time she would be participating in track competitions, Chantal Petitclerc nevertheless continues to train as she intends to take part in road marathons over the next few years.
Author of the book “16 days in Beijing” and columnist for Chatelaine Magazine, Chantal Petitclerc is a highly sought after speaker, and shares her story with dozens of groups each year, both throughout Canada and abroad. She participates in projects by various Paralympic athletics and sports organizations, in addition to working as a spokesperson for Défi Sportif in Montréal and as an ambassador for the international Right to Play organization. 
Website:www.chantalpetitclerc.com

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics400m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics800m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Womengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics400m - Womengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics800m - Womengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsAthletics800m - Womengold
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womengold
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womensilver
2000 Sydney ParalympicsAthletics400m - Womensilver
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsAthletics400m Wheelchair - Womensilver
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsAthletics800m - Womensilver
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Womensilver
1992 Barcelona ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womenbronze
1992 Barcelona ParalympicsAthletics800m - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 1
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 1
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 1
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 1
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 2
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 2
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 5
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 2
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Women 2
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics Marathon - Women 14
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 400m Wheelchair - Women 2
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 1
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 3
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Athletics 400m - Men 4
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Athletics 800m - Women 3
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Men 6