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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 1  
General Interest
General Interest
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)  
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 Olympic Winter Games. (schaatsen.nl, 03 Oct 2022)  
Other informationMISSING PYEONGCHANG AND BEIJING
He was unable to secure a qualification berth for either the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang or the 2022 Games in Beijing. He was disqualified for two false starts at the 2018 Dutch Olympic Trials and finished in second place in the 500m at the 2022 national trials, which was only good enough for a place as a travelling reserve in Beijing. He struggled to come to terms with the disappointment following the 2022 Games in Beijing and reached out to a psychologist before eventually overcoming his mental troubles on his own. "During my vacation I really ran away from it [the disappointment of not qualifying]. And then it wasn't about why I didn't make it to the Games, it was about not completing my mission and I felt bad about that. I just didn't want to think about that at all on vacation. Skating is not just training for me, it's a way of life. When I lie in bed at night, I think, 'How can I do my next workout better? How can I skate better?' And that experience was always painful. And so all the training sessions were confrontational. I tried it [seeing a psychologist], but found it wasn't necessary for me. Everyone has to do it their own way, it didn't work for me. I am a real talker, mirror a lot with the people who are close to me. I could come to other insights with a psychologist, but I love this sport too much to get stuck in it. I'd like to look ahead and focus on how I can get good this season. Stirring in last season would mean that I still feel very bad, while I am actually good in my own skin. I don't need to look back on it every time. I have now turned the switch and I am enjoying my new training approach." (schaatsen.nl, 03 Oct 2022)

OLYMPIC 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. "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)

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)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 500m2  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    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  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m12  
    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