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Maxime Laoun

Canada

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTCAN11208199601
NOCCanada
Born12 Aug 1996 in Montreal 
GenderMen
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationScience - Andre-Grasset College: Montreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.775 21 Oct 2021 Beijing  
    1000m 1:24.468 22 Sep 2018 Montreal  
    1500m 2:11.622 22 Sep 2018 Montreal  
    3000m 5:17.986 15 Jan 2017 Montreal  
Social Media
Social Media
maximelaoun.com  
www.facebook.com/maxime.laoun  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe competed in both skating and golf before deciding to focus on short track skating.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried skating at age three.  
Name of coachSebastien Cros [national], FRA; Marc Gagnon [national], CAN  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis sister Sasha placed sixth at the 2018 World Deaf Golf Championship in Dublin, Ireland. (ici.radio-canada.ca, 11 May 2021; assc-cdsa.com, 12 Oct 2021)  
Most influential person in careerHis family. (ici.radio-canada.ca, 11 May 2021)  
Other informationTURNING POINT
He says he changed his mental approach to the sport after suffering a broken leg in November 2019. "My injury changed my perception and I understood the importance of small details, food, sleep, recovery. I have changed too, from a mental point of view. The pressure eased and I finally realised that if I'm not having fun, it is useless. I even think I'm a better skater than before my injury, which was really a turning point for me. Thanks to all that, I understood what it was like to be an elite athlete." (journaltime.org, 05 Mar 2021)
 
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Outside of sport, he aspires to become a doctor or optometrist. (maximelaoun.com, 13 Aug 2018)  
HobbiesCooking, fishing, scuba diving, playing golf, hiking, camping. (maximelaoun.com, 13 Aug 2018)  
InjuriesIn November 2019 he suffered a triple fracture of the tibia and a fractured fibula in his leg during a training accident. He underwent three operations and also suffered vasovagal syncope [a loss of consciousness brought on by triggers or emotional stress] following one of the surgeries. He returned to the ice in May 2020 and returned to competition at the 2021 World Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (journaldemontreal.com, 28 Nov 2019; journaldequebec.com, 03 Mar 2021)

He was forced to end his 2017/18 season early after sustaining an ankle injury. (maximelaoun.com, 13 Aug 2018)
 
Other sportsHe has competed in golf at provincial junior level in Quebec, Canada. (maximelaoun.com, 13 Aug 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m6  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall8  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay9  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall11  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m16  
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m19  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall46  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup Debrecen 5000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Debrecen 2000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay5  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m18  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m21  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m24  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m26  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m40