Hamelin and St-Gelais, Canada's short-track super couple, announce split
Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin at a press conference in Montreal on August 30, 2017. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:17PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:55PM EST
MONTREAL - Canada's short-track super couple is splitting up.
Star speedskaters Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais have announced that they are ending a 10-year relationship that has captivated the public's imagination since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The athletes were known as much for their passionate kisses after Olympic events as they were for their prowess on the ice.
The announcement comes as a surprise, as Hamelin and St-Gelais indicated that they were retiring after last month's Pyeongchang Games to start a family.
Hamelin and St-Gelais said in a statement that they remain on good terms, and although the decision may seem sudden it has been "well thought-out."
Hamelin, from Ste-Julie, Que., won five Olympic medals, including three gold, over his career. St-Gelais, from St-Felicien, Que., won three Olympic silver medals.
The pair each shared the following message on Instagram: