Robert Esmie - OLY



Determination mixed with Big Dreams

Robert was born in Jamaica, home of the world’s best sprinters, and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Throughout his journey of coaching himself in the 95/96 season, he dedicated the first 25 years of his life to his passion: Running FAST.

As Robert's career wind down in 2004, he began to receive referrals from doctors to rehab their distance runners and teach them proper techniques within 4-6 weeks. From there came great results and more referrals for other sports, which was when Robert identified his passion for coaching.

Now, in addition to being a corporate speaker and brand ambassador, to both profit and not-for-profit organizations, he is dedicating his next 25 years to helping others achieve their dreams so they can BLASTOFF.

1994 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist
1995, 1997 World Championships Gold Medalist
1995 World Indoor Games 60m Bronze Medalist
1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
1996, 1997 Canadian Track and Field Championships
Gold Medalist Canadian Olympic Committee Hall of Fame
Canadian Sports Hall of Fame


"Performance is the ability to overcome obstacles by reaching a spiritual connection through your mind, body and soul, giving you the aptitude to rise at that given moment."

~ Robert Esmie

In the only Olympic race he ever ran, Robert Esmie became an Olympic champion. He was the lead lead-off runner of the gold medal-winning Canadian4x100m relay team at Atlanta 1996 with Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin, and 100mOlympic champion Donovan Bailey. He replaced an injured Carlton Chambers, who ran in the first two rounds. Esmie showed up to the Olympic relay final with the words “Relay Blastoff” shaved into his head in an attempt to relax his teammates and shut down the partisan crowd. He also wore a t-shirt that said: “Relax. You’ve been erased”; in hopes that he would get the mental advantage over American lead-off runner Jon Drummond – which he did when he caught him reading his t-shirt.

Despite being in a minor traffic accident enroute to thestadium and the relay final being delayed by a disqualification, Esmie ran therace of his life. He had a considerable lead in the first 60 metres with aperfect baton exchange with Gilbert, who had a great leg. After anchormanBailey crossed the finish line, Esmie fetched Chambers from the stadium so the teamcould celebrate. He grabbed the baton that Bailey had thrown to the ground incelebration. Since the event was introduced to the Olympic programme in 1912,no one had ever beaten the United States to the finish line in an Olympic finalthey had started until that day.

Esmie was a consistent member of the Canadian 4x100m relay program that dominated the 1990s. He won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, 1995 and 1997 World Championships, and bronze at the 1993 World Championships. Individually, Esmie won the 60m bronze medal at the 1995 World Indoor Championships and made the 100m semi-final at the 1993 World Championships. In 1994, Robert posted the fastest 50m dash in the world. He is still known to have run the fastest 40-yard dash at a speed of 27.8 mph with a time of 3.7 recorded by hand and 4.02 recorded electronically.

Born in Jamaica, at the age of 11, Esmie moved to Sudbury, Ontario, where he attended Lasalle Secondary School. He was one of the youngest to be signed with Nike. His mother, Mavis, wanted him to become a medical doctor, which he said he would do if his Olympic dreams didn’t come true. After spending 22 years in Vancouver, British Columbia, Esmie returned to his hometown of Sudbury with his family to help look after his mother. Esmie remained involved in sports and high-performance track and speed training to help athletes from all disciplines reach their fitness goals. As a member of the men’s relay team, Esmie was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Now he is continuing to help others with his new tech company as a co-founder of critiq.com a personal feedback platform that helps others continue learning.