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Valérie Maltais

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
NOCCanada
Born04 Jul 1990 in  Chicoutimi
GenderWomen
FamilyPartner Jordan Belchos
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationNutrition - Maisonneuve College: Montreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    1000m 1:20.72 21 Sep 2018 Calgary  
    1500m 1:55.44 04 Jan 2019 Calgary  
    3000m 4:01.11 05 Jan 2019 Calgary  
    5000m 7:17.62 09 Dec 2018 Tomaszów Mazowiecki  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/valemaltais2  
twitter.com/valemaltais  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamNational Centre Montreal: Canada  
Name of coachBart Schouten [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She initially took up short track in 1996 in Saguenay, QC, Canada. She competed in the sport for 22 years before switching to speed skating in 2018.  
Reason for choosing this sport"I was doing figure skating, but my mother noticed short track at the Olympic Winter Games and she got me into it. I loved it from the first time I did it."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never take something for granted." (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHer first coach Luc Dufour. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Other sportsShe represented Canada in roller speed skating at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. She finished seventh in both the 10,000m points competition and the 500m sprint. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Oct 2015)  
NicknamesVale (olympic.ca, 05 Jun 2015)  
InjuriesIn August 2017 she had to withdraw from the Canadian trials for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang after suffering concussion in a fall during her 500m semifinal. (cbc.ca, 19 Aug 2017)

She was unable to train fully from the middle of 2016 to December that year due to adductor tendinitis and a hip problem. (olympic.ca, 20 Aug 2017)

She has experienced ankle problems since the beginning of her career. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)
 
Famous relativesHer partner Jordan Belchos has represented Canada in speed skating and roller speed skating. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Oct 2017; journaldemontreal.com, 30 Aug 2017)  
HobbiesWatching television and movies, cooking, yoga, playing board games, gardening, travelling. (olympic.ca, 20 Aug 2017)  
Awards and honoursShe was named Female Short Track Skater of the Year by Speed Skating Canada in 2012 and 2014. (speedskating.ca, 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementFinishing second in the overall competition at the 2012 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
AmbitionsTo make the international team as a speed skater. (isu.org, 05 Jun 2018)  
Other informationSHORT TO LONG TRACK
In June 2018 she announced that she was changing sports from short track to speed skating. "I started out doing figure skating but I wasn't a dancer on ice, so I went into short track. Now I'm going to do long track. It's like I'm covering the whole Skating Union. I'm still in love with short track and I've seen the evolution of the sport. It is changing year after year, it is becoming bigger and that is very fun to see. But I've always wanted to try long track and now [2018] seems the appropriate time to move on. I'm still young and in good shape, which is the best time to try a new sport. I want to put a hundred percent of my energy into it. It's something I feel I need to do, to make sure that I have no regrets in my career." (isu.org, 05 Jun 2018)
 
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