1996 Summer Games
Glenroy Gilbert was part of Canada’s historic Gold medal performance in the men’s 4 x 100m relay at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Together with Donovan Bailey, Ron Esmie and Bruni Surin, the Canadians shocked the heavily favoured Americans on their home turf winning the race by over 3/10ths of a second. Gilbert’s road to the podium was not an easy one. He was born in a large family of six children in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. His mother Velma emigrated to Canada when Gilbert was 5 and raised all six children on her own. Gilbert grew up as a hot headed teenager and credits his high school principal for steering him towards athletics. Gilbert attended the renowned Louisiana State University and pursued his first passion of the long jump. In 1988, at the Olympics in Seoul, Gilbert competed for Canada in the long jump before turning his attention to sprinting. To keep in shape, and to stay competitive, Gilbert joined the Canadian Bobsled teams and competed in the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer in both the four and two man sleds. Following Gilbert’s retirement from competition, he remained active in sport where he continues to train and coach Canada’s track and field hopefuls. Catherine Clark spoke to Glenroy Gilbert about his life as one of Canada’s great Olympians.