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David La Rue

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCAN12008199801
NOCCanada
Born20 Aug 1998 in  Montreal
GenderMen
ResidenceQuebec, QC, CAN
Higher educationHealth Science - College of Maisonneuve: Montreal, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
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
Event  
World Junior Championships
    1500m   1    
    Mass Start 10 Laps 1      
    Team Sprint   1    
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe was sidelined with a back injury in the first part of the 2021/22 season. He was also affected by back pain ahead of the 2023/24 World Cup season. (rds.ca, 07 Nov 2023; speedskating.ca, 03 May 2023)

In 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. (lapress.ca, 20 Sep 2020; Instagram profile, 29 Feb 2020; speedskating.ca, 29 Feb 2020)

In 2018 he had two bouts of illness. (lapresse.ca, 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)
 
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
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."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
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 long track speed skating in 2017.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Limits are made to be broken." (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the mass start and silver in the 1500m at the 2018 World Junior 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, 20 Feb 2023, 14 Nov 2019)  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/david.larue.7  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe has competed in short track and roller speed skating at regional level in Canada. (passionpvss.blogspot.com, 22 May 2018; shorttrackonline.info, 18 Dec 2016; saint-lambert.ca, 31 Dec 2013)  
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. (saint-lambert.ca, 31 Dec 2013)  
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/david_la_rue  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationNEW PERSPECTIVE
Following injury problems and having to give up on his goal of competing at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, he says he gained a new perspective on the sport after spending time focused on his university studies. "From that point on, I went to school full-time and wasted no time lamenting the situation. And in the end, it allowed me to advance my university extremely quickly by studying full-time in the winter and summer. My perspective on life and sport has changed enormously in recent years and this means that I am much more serene with the course of my life. Before, I felt a little empty doing only sport. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform, but now I do sport because I love it. I would be able to quit and it wouldn't be the end of the world for me since I have other interests. It makes me appreciate the moments I experience in my sport much more." (rds.ca, 07 Nov 2023)

FURTHER 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 Laval University in Quebec, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2023; Athlete, 20 Feb 2023, 14 Nov 2019)
 
HobbiesReading books and the news, outdoor activities. (Athlete, 20 Feb 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 Four Continents Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall27  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Nagano Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 Minsk Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m16  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m18  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m29  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m29  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m41  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m41  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m42  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m49  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m56