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David La Rue


SportSpeed Skating
Born20 Aug 1998 in  Montreal
FamilyPartner Alicia Pineault
ResidenceQuebec, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationHealth Science - College of Maisonneuve: Montreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.86 18 Oct 2019 Calgary  
    1000m 1:07.71 19 Oct 2019 Calgary  
    1500m 1:44.37 03 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    5000m 6:35.23 19 Oct 2017 Calgary  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    1500m   1    
    Mass Start 10 Laps 1      
    Team Sprint   1    
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachGregor Jelonek [national], CAN; Muncef Ouardi, CAN  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up short track in 2010 in Montreal, QC, Canada, and switched to speed skating in 2017.  
Reason for choosing this sport"After the 2010 Olympic Winter Games [in Vancouver], I was inspired by the speed skating athletes and I wanted to give it a try. I love the speed."  
Training RegimeHe trains with the national team at the Centre National Gaetan-Boucher in Quebec, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationFURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a diploma in health science at the College of Maisonneuve, in 2019 he began studying for a bachelor's degree in finance at McGill University and then Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2023; Athlete, 14 Nov 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)
Famous relativesHis partner Alicia Pineault has represented Canada in figure skating at grand prix level. (Alicia Pineault Instagram profile, 09 Jan 2021; Instagram profile, 21 Sep 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Jan 2021)  
Other sportsHe has competed in short track and roller speed skating at regional level in Canada. (, 22 May 2018;, 18 Dec 2016;, 31 Dec 2013)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 22 May 2018;, 20 Sep 2020)  
Awards and honoursIn 2013 he received the Lambertois Award in the sports category in Saint-Lambert, QC, Canada, in recognition of his achievements in short track. (, 31 Dec 2013)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
InjuriesIn February 2020 he tore tendons in his groin and hip adductor muscles at the 2020 World Sprint Championships in Hamar, Norway. He was unable to skate for six months. (, 20 Sep 2020; Instagram profile, 29 Feb 2020;, 29 Feb 2020)

In 2018 he had two bouts of illness. (, 22 Oct 2019)

He suffered a herniated disc in September 2016. The injury stopped him from skating for two months. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018, 10 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto"Limits are made to be broken." (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
HobbiesReading books and the news, outdoor activities. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2023)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the mass start and silver in the 1500m at the 2018 Junior World Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America, and winning his first World Cup medal [bronze] in the team sprint event in 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019; Athlete, 20 Feb 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall27  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 World Cup Four Continents Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m16  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m18  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m29  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m29  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m41  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m41  
    2022/2023 World Cup 1500m42  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m49  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m56