Emilie Fournel (CAN)

Emilie Fournel (CAN)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
26 October 1986
155 cm
59 kg
Marital status
Common Law / De Facto
Fiance Anders Gustafsson
Lachine, QC, CAN
English, French
Higher education
Science - TELUQ University: Quebec, QC, CAN


General Interest

Mini (olympic.ca, 10 Aug 2014)
Reading, going to the beach, learning Swedish, spending time with friends. (Canadian Women's KAYAK Team's Facebook page, 25 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games, and competing at the 2012 Games in London with her brother Hugues. (Canadian Women's KAYAK Team's Facebook page, 25 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
Her parents. (Canadian Women's KAYAK Team's Facebook page, 25 Mar 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
When she races, she wears a shirt that her late father competed in at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. (olympic.ca, 10 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and take the opportunity to learn from the older athletes on the team." (Canadian Women's KAYAK Team's Facebook page, 25 Mar 2015)
Famous relatives
Both of her parents and her brother have competed in canoe sprint at international level. Her father Jean represented Canada at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, while her mother Guylaine Saint-George competed at the Pan American Games. Her brother Hugues finished seventh in the K2 200m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Her fiance Anders Gustafsson has represented Sweden in the sport. He won gold in the K1 500m at the 2012 European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2015; montrealgazette.com, 14 Jul 2015; olympique.ca, 10 Jun 2015)
Other information
She covers her kayak with red polka dots, inspired by the 'King of the Mountains' jersey awarded to the best climber in the Tour de France. "I love being out in my red polka dot boat. To me, there is no better feeling. I call it my little island." (Canadian Women's KAYAK Team's Facebook page, 25 Mar 2015; olympic.ca, 10 Aug 2014)

Her father Jean also competed in canoe sprint at international level. Ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she and her brother Hugues found his training diary at their grandmother's house. The journal charted their father's preparations for the 1976 Games in Montreal, which included what he ate and how much he slept. Jean died from cancer in 1998. "For me, this is the closest I will ever get to having advice from my dad." (montrealgazette.com, 14 Jul 2015; globaltvedmonton.com, 29 Jun 2012)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to try the sport after watching the Olympic Games on television with her brother Hugues.
Club / Team
Lachine Racing Canoe Club: Canada
Name of coach
Franck Gomez [personal]; Mark Granger [national], CAN


Olympic GamesK1 500mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro18 August 20162016Women1:59.63817Latest result
Olympic GamesK4 500mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Women1:37.7338Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012Women43.03021
Olympic GamesK1 500mEngland, London9 August 20122012Women1:56.05814
Olympic GamesK4 500mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Women10Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Women22:43.593Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Women1:37.36021
World ChampionshipsK1 500mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women1:56.40614
World ChampionshipsK4 500mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Women1:32.88710Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Women2:54.63511Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Women1:55.87514
World ChampionshipsK4 500mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women1:36.2066Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Women2:58.0598Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20112011Women1:51.04016
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011WomenDNF15
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Women4:11.03513Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women1:37.22212Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Women2:57.1289Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women36.5038Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 500mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Women1:37.6588Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Women2:54.6383Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women41.9456Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Women1:53.65913Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCroatia, Zagreb28 August 20052005Women36.8436Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mCroatia, Zagreb27 August 20052005Women3:28.5257Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK1 500mMexico, Mexico City10 October 20102010Women1:59.722Best result
Olympic Qualification Tournament AmericaK4 500mCanada, Montreal17 May 20082008Women1:36.9651Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK1 200mMexico, Mexico City17 September 20062006Women42.971Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK1 500mMexico, Mexico City17 September 20062006Women1:59.601Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK4 200mMexico, Mexico City17 September 20062006Women36.913Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK4 500mMexico, Mexico City17 September 20062006Women1:37.791Best result
Pan American ChampionshipsK4 1000mMexico, Mexico City16 September 20062006Women3:34.441Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Women9Latest resultBest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Women33
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Women29
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20122012Women19
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Women16
World CupIndividual Kayak3 September 20062006Women8Best result