Kristel Ngarlem

2020 Olympic Games

Q1: What was the first competition where you represented Team Canada? When was it?

2010 Junior World Championship in Bulgaria

Q2: Did you compete in other sports before weightlifting? If yes, which ones and at what level?

No, figure skating but just recreationally

Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

Because it’s my passion and I love the feeling of surpassing oneself.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

When I hit a lift or a weight that I had in mind for a long time.

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

When I’m injured and the drop snatch

Q6: What are your short term goals for weightlifting (1-2 years)?

Qualify for the second Olympic Games and increase my totals

Q7: What are your long term goals for weightlifting? (3 + years)

Maintaining my status as one of the best in the country

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

The first time I snatched 100kg in competition

When I qualified for the Olympics

When I qualified for my first Canadian Championships at 13 years old

Q9: What are your top 3 achievements in weightlifting so far?

Number 1. Tokyo Olympics

Number 2. Commonwealth Games

Number 3. 2015 World Junior Silver Championships Medal

Q10: Are you currently studying or working in addition to your weightlifting career? If yes, what are you doing?

I finished a bachelor’s degree at university in criminology last December, I now coach people recreationally and I love coaching master’s athletes. 

Q11: What are your plans after your weightlifting career is over?

Coaching, giving conferences for young people in disadvantaged neighborhoods and I would like to work in corporate safety

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

Marie-Ève Beauchemin Nadeau, she was my mentor for several years when I was younger, it was an honor for me to share her knowledge and experiences.

I admire her sports career greatly, 2 Olympics and medical studies is exceptional in my opinion.

Coach: Jocelyn Bilodeau

Weight: 81 kg

Favourite Lift: Clean and Jerk

Hometown: Montréal, QC