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Vincent De Haître

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCAN11606199401
NOCCanada
Born16 Jun 1994 in  Ottawa
GenderMen
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.90 05 Jan 2018 Calgary  
    1000m 1:06.72 25 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:43.13 03 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    5000m 6:39.86 17 Mar 2017 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m   1    
Social Media
Social Media
vincentdehaitre.com/  
www.facebook.com/vincent.dehaitre  
twitter.com/Vince_DeHaitre  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe loved skating fast and was introduced to speed skating by a family friend.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 1999 with the Gloucester Concordes Speed Skating Club [GCSSC] in Ottawa, ON, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe competes in track cycling and was part of the Canadian squad that placed fifth in team pursuit at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Nov 2021; tokyo2020.org, 21 Aug 2020)  
Other informationPRIORITY FOR PARIS, MILAN-CORTINA CYCLE
He failed to qualify for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games partly as a result of competing in track cycling at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. His priority over the next summer and winter Olympic cycles is to qualify for the 2026 Games in Milan-Cortina, although he may pursue a spot on the track cycling team for Paris 2024 if he performs well in speed skating in 2023. "If I was to pick the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my career it would be getting back to speed skating after three-and-a-half years of cycling. If I get good results at the [speed skating] world championships in the Netherlands in March [2023] after a year and a half of preparation, I will go to the summer Games in Paris in 2024 [for cycling], otherwise I will not repeat the same mistake twice. The ultimate goal is to perform at the winter Olympics in 2026 in Italy. Tokyo was good for me overall, but it hurt my pure results. It's not fun to lose [speed skating] races that you are used to winning in the past." (ledroit.com, 08 Nov 2022; journaldequebec.com, 12 Oct 2022)

TOKYO AND BEIJING DREAM UNFULFILLED
He represented Canada in speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. Following the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, he decided to take a break from speed skating to focus on track cycling ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games. After placing fifth in team pursuit at the Tokyo Games, he began training for speed skating again with the aim of qualifying for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. He was affected by injury in the lead-up to Beijing 2022 and did not compete at the Games, but he was part of the Canada squad during the 2021/22 World Cup season. "In training last year [2021] I couldn't run, jump or do proper starts. 70% of activities [in training] I was unable to do. After working hard to heal my back I am now [October 2022] back to 100%. I've always loved riding my bike. It's just that I haven't seen the same trajectory [as speed skating]. If I'm in speed skating, I've been in it for so long that I know what each step brings to the next one, because I know how the national team functions. But because I'm so in and out of cycling, I don't have such a clear picture. I feel more at home in speed skating, but that doesn't mean I feel any less passionate about cycling." (journaldequebec.com, 12 Oct 2022; olympics.com, 07 Oct 2021; isu.org, 05 Aug 2021; tokyo2020.org, 21 Aug 2020; ici.radio-canada.ca, 23 Aug 2018)
 
HobbiesCross-country skiing, camping, playing pool, watching movies, playing video games. (olympic.ca, 01 Feb 2020)  
NicknamesQuadzilla (sportsottawa.com, 26 Aug 2020)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. If his performances in speed skating in 2023 go well, he also hopes to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris in track cycling. (ledroit.com, 08 Nov 2022; journaldequebec.com, 12 Oct 2022)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents, and cycling coach Don Moxley. (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017, 03 Dec 2015)  
Awards and honoursHe was named the 2017 Long Track Male Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. (speedskating.ca, 12 Jun 2017)

In 2015, 2016, and 2017 he was named Male Athlete of the Year in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (sportsottawa.com, 26 Aug 2020; ottawasportsawards.ca, 2017; ottawacitizen.com, 29 Jan 2015)

He was named the 2013/14 Long Track Rising Star of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. (speedskating.ca, 17 Mar 2017)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Uphill is the quickest way to the top." (olympic.ca, 01 Feb 2020)  
InjuriesNiggling injuries to his back, knees, and hips contributed to his inability to qualify for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ledroit.com, 08 Nov 2022; journaldequebec.com, 12 Oct 2022)

He injured his heel ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but was still able to take part in the Games. (olympic.ca, 01 Feb 2020; ici.radio-canada.ca, 23 Aug 2018)

He broke his collarbone in July 2012. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m6  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m8  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m12  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m19  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m20  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m21  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m33  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m7  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m9  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m9  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m9  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m10  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall15  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m21  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall22  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall25  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m40  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall38  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m46