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Dai Dai Ntab

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11708199401
NOCNetherlands
Born17 Aug 1994 in  Amsterdam
GenderMen
ResidenceGroningen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Higher educationCommunications, Marketing - Johan Cruyff College Groningen: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.15 09 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:08.41 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:50.56 22 Mar 2015 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/dntab  
www.daidaintab.nl/  
twitter.com/daidaintab  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried speed skating at age 12 on an ice track in Oisterwijk, Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe came into contact with the sport through inline skating. He practised both until he had to choose between them at age 18.  
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (daidaintab.nl, 18 Mar 2018)  
Other informationNEW TEAM FOR 2018/19
In 2018/19 he became part of a new commercial team sponsored by Reggeborgh Groep, under coach Gerald van Velde. Prior to that he had been part of a group of Dutch speed skaters training under van Velde who were without a team sponsor at the start of the season, and were supported by the Royal Dutch Skating Federation in conjunction with the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOS*NSF]. (schaatsen.nl, 17 Oct 2018; 28 Sep 2018)

MISSING THE OLYMPICS
He was favoured to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but was unable to secure a spot in the Dutch team after a double false start saw him disqualified at the national qualifier. "At first I was angry, furious. I never imagined myself doing that. Then I became sad and the tears came. And then I was empty, speechless. I spoke with my coach, Gerard van Velde, who said that I had made mistakes that you absolutely cannot make. And he is right. I am someone who makes mistakes, but always learns from them. In the coming years I will show what I am really worth. It might look like I've gotten over it now, as I am not one to give up and wallow in disappointment, but don't get me wrong - it hurt a lot." (ad.nl, 28 Dec 2017; rtvnoord.nl, 27 Dec 2017)

HERITAGE
He has a Dutch mother and a Senegalese father. (nos.nl, 01 Nov 2014)
 
NicknamesAlexandre [a name that is also shown in his passport.] (schaatsen.nl, 20 Feb 2014)  
InjuriesHe sustained a groin injury in the late part of 2015. (schaatsen.nl, 17 Oct 2016)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Dutch speed skater Ronald Mulder. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017; omroepbrabant.nl, 05 Jul 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m8  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Hamar 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m8  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall21  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall29  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m29  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m39  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m41