Myriam Bedard Biography
Full name: Myriam Bedard
Height: 5-3 (161 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: December 22, 1969 (Age 50.024, YY.DDD) in Ancienne Lorette, Canada
Affiliations: Biathlon Courcelette, Courcelette,(CAN)
Home Province: Quebec
Residence: Ile des Soeurs
Country: CAN Canada
Game: Nagano 1998
Game: Lillehammer 1994
Game: Albertville 1992
Myriam Bedard Net Worth: Estimated Net Worth in 2019: $100K-$1M (Approx.)
For many years, only men competed in the biathlon at the Olympics. It was not until the 1990s when women began to compete and Myriam Bedard was one of them. Myriam Bedard was born on December 22, 1969, in Neufchatel, Quebec and was one of four children of Pierre and Francine Bedard. Myriam was a very athletic child who played basketball, did gymnastics, and trained as a figure skater. When she was 14 years old, Myriam joined the Canadian Army cadets with some friends, where she learned how to shoot a rifle.
During her cadet training, Bedard participated in a mixed relay team race at the cadet winter games. She was on a team with three men and played with borrowed equipment. Although her cross-country skiing skills were weak, her shooting skills were excellent, her team won the race and Myriam found a new sport.
In order to become a biathlete, Myriam had to improve her cross-country skiing skills. She also found out that being a biathlete is physically demanding and mentally challenging. As a biathlete, Myriam discovered she must study each course carefully and plan every part of the race ahead of time.
Winning biathlon is unpredictable, as the weather and the athlete’s mental and physical condition on the day of the race can affect the outcome. In a short time, Myriam began to do well at women’s biathlon competitions. In 1987, she won a first at the first Canadian Junior Biathlon Competition. During 1988, Myriam won the Canadian Junior title, two North American Championship races and a first and a second in Canada Cup tests.
At the Junior World Championships in 1989, she finished fourth in the sprints and also won a Canadian senior title that year. Being of very small stature and only weighing 115 pounds, Myriam trained hard to improve her upper body and her skiing skills, but finding money for her equipment and coaching was still a very big issue.
Finally, her agent negotiated a deal with Metropolitan Life, Myriam’s employer, which funded her training and equipment and a job when she retired from the sport. This deal allowed Myriam the freedom to buy her own custom rifle and enabled her to train with qualified coaches. During the 1993 season, at the World Biathlon Championships, she won the gold medal in the 7.5km race and silver in the 15km race.
Bedard was the first North American to accomplish this goal. During the same season, she placed second in the World Cup standings. Myriam continued to work hard to increase her aerobic skills and physical strength in order to get ready for the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
During the 1994 Olympics, Bedard’s training paid off and she achieved the goals that she had set for herself. She won gold medals in both the 15 km race and in the 7.5 km event. At the World Cup during the same year, Bedard won a silver medal in the 15 km event.
For her superior accomplishments, Bedard was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year and awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy, which is Canada’s premier athletic award. She also received the Velma Springstead Trophy for best Candian Female Athlete and was the first biathlete to become an honored member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
|1992 Albertville||Biathlon||Individual 15km – Women||Bronze|
|1992 Albertville||Biathlon||Relay 3×7.5km – Women||11|
|1992 Albertville||Biathlon||Sprint 7.5km – Women||12|
|1994 Lillehammer||Biathlon||Individual 15km – Women||Gold|
|1994 Lillehammer||Biathlon||Relay 4×7.5km – Women||15|
|1994 Lillehammer||Biathlon||Sprint 7.5km – Women||Gold|
|1998 Nagano||Biathlon||Individual 15km – Women||50|
|1998 Nagano||Biathlon||Relay 4×7.5km – Women||17|
|1998 Nagano||Biathlon||Sprint 7.5km – Women|
Myriam Bedard Award Winners
2018-19 – Ken Davies, Alberta
2017-18 – Ray Kokkonen, NB
2016-17 – Veli Niinimaa, Alberta
2015-16 – Judy and Stephen Hale
2014-15 – Normand Gonthier, QC
2013-14 – Brendan Green, North West Territories
2012-13 – Lise LeGuellec, Quebec
2011-12 – Claude Godbout, Quebec
2010-11 – Jean-Philippe LeGuellec, Quebec
2009-10 – Sandra Keith, Alberta
2008-09 – Carol Henley, Alberta and Bruno St.-Onge, Quebec
2007-08 – Sandra Keith, Alberta
2006-07 – Erika Charron, Quebec
2005-06 – Martine Albert, Quebec
2004-05 – Brendan Green, North West Territories
2003-04 – Joanie Hache, Quebec
2002-03 – François Lebeouf, Quebec
2001-02 – Brian McKeever, Alberta
2000-01 – not awarded
1999-00 – Charm Rebus, Alberta