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Dai Dai N'tab

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11708199401
NOCNetherlands
Born17 Aug 1994 in  Amsterdam
GenderMen
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 1:08.39 28 Dec 2020 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:50.56 22 Mar 2015 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    500m     1  
    Team Sprint 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    500m   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/dntab  
twitter.com/daidaintab  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachJac Orie [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 sports until he had to choose between them at age 18.  
Club / TeamTeam Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (nos.nl, 02 Sep 2021)  
Other informationOLYMPIC MOVE
In 2020 he made the switch from Team Reggeborgh to Team Jumbo-Visma. Part of his motivation to make the move was to help his preparations for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "I just want to win Olympic gold in two years, hence my choice for Jumbo-Visma. A different route, a new trainer, a different training group, two years before the Games. You don't often get such a chance in your career. I also think that I am now training harder and more than in the past. The approach is very different from what I was used to. It is more of a scientific way of working. How the training is approached, how we are tested, I am currently learning a lot and that is quite exciting." (ad.nl, 07 Jun 2020; nhnieuws.nl, 01 Jul 2020)

MISSING PYEONGCHANG
He did not compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang after a double false start saw him disqualified at the Dutch Olympic trials. "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, who said that I had made mistakes that you absolutely cannot make. And he was 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. (nrc.nl, 17 Nov 2019; nos.nl, 01 Nov 2014)
 
NicknamesAlexandre [a name that is also shown in his passport], Gifkikker ['Poisonous frog', a nickname given to him by his teammates for being so energetic]. (nrc.nl, 17 Nov 2019; schaatsen.nl, 20 Feb 2014)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe always gets his hair cut before a competition. (nos.nl, 10 Jan 2020)  
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
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 500m2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m8  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m13  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Hamar 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m5  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m7  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m8  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m15  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m20  
    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  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m43