Kristel Ngarlem

Further Personal Information
Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Criminology - University of Montreal: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting at age 10.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching a Canadian movie about a young weightlifter called 'La Mysterieuse Mademoiselle C' [The Mysterious Miss C]. "When I was younger, I had a lot of energy to spend. I started figure skating classes, but after a few months I quickly discovered that I did not have much potential in that sport. I watched the movie Miss C, in which we discover a young lifter, and I fell in love with weightlifting."
Club / Team
Du Nord: Canada
Name of coach
Guy Marineau [personal]
Training Regime
She has nine three-hour training sessions a week.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, Canadian sprinter Bruny Surin. (olympic.ca, 11 Jun 2015)
Injuries
She suffered an abdominal injury during the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. She completed the competition and finished fourth in the 69kg event. (thestar.com, 14 Jul 2015)

She injured her ankle in 2012. (journalderosemont.com, 31 Jan 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She paints her nails before a competition. (olympic.ca, 11 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing great has been accomplished without passion." (Instagram profile, 03 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 17 Oct 2018)
Other information
NEW WEIGHT CLASS
After failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she moved from the 69kg category up to 75kg. She hired Guy Marineau as her new coach prior to the 2017 Canadian national championships, where she won a gold medal, and she has since moved to the 76kg category after the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF] introduced new weight categories in mid-2018. "We knew that new categories were going to be adopted, but we had no idea whether they were going to go up or down. Since the IWF announced the changes [in 2018], it confirmed to me that I had made the right choice. If I had stayed in the 69kg, I would be in trouble right now. Two options were available if I wanted to compete at the Olympics - either drop down to 64kg or go up to the 76kg." (rds.ca, 24 Oct 2018; radio-canada.ca, 18 Jul 2017; tvasports.ca, 01 Jun 2017)

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