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Nicolas Laborde

Colombia

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTCOL12706199701
NOCColombia
Born27 Jun 1997 in Bogotá 
GenderMen
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete, Coach, Designer
LanguagesEnglish, French, Spanish
Higher educationIndustrial Design - Integrated Centre of Mechanics, Metallurgy and Electricity [CIMME]: Montreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.634 16 Mar 2018 Montreal  
    1000m 1:28.633 16 Mar 2018 Montreal  
    1500m 2:21.970 03 Dec 2016 Sherbrooke  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/nicko.labo  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeHe trains at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, AB, Canada.  
Reason for choosing this sportHaving competed in roller speed skating in Colombia, his cousin invited him to a short track training session shortly after arriving in Canada. He became more interested in the sport after attending the 2014 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. "I was shocked by how they leaned over 45 degrees on the blades. And the passes were cool."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began practising inline skating at age five in Colombia. He took up short track during the 2014/15 season in Montreal, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Insist, persist, resist, and never desist." (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents, particularly his father. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
NicknamesNico (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
InjuriesHe broke his arm in 2004 and 2013, requiring several weeks of recovery on both occasions. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021, 02 Nov 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementQualifying for the 1500m A final at the 2020 Four Continents Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021; shorttrackonline.info, 12 Jan 2021)  
Hero / IdolUS short track skater John Celski. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Other informationMOVE TO CANADA
At age 16 he relocated from Colombia to Montreal, QC, Canada, in order to study English. Having competed in roller speed skating in Colombia, he was persuaded to try short track once he got to Canada. In 2020 he moved to Calgary, Alberta. "There is a big difference between wheels and blades. Most inline skaters switch to long track [speed skating] because it's much more similar to inline in the way you push. Short track is about corners. People back home are proud but they know what I'm doing isn't easy. I travel alone, which is not easy. If I have skate problems, I have to go to another team to fix it. But in a way that's good because you make lots of friends." (fedepatin.org.co, 21 May 2021; lapresse.ca, 20 Jan 2020; isu.org, 15 Apr 2019)

OTHER ROLES
He was a founding member and head coach of Saint-Constant Speed Skating Club in Canada. He has also served as a coach at the Montreal Gadbois club in Canada, and in 2020 he joined the coaching staff at the Calgary Speed Skating Association in Canada. (calgaryspeedskating.ca, 22 Sep 2020; lapresse.ca, 20 Jan 2020; LinkedIn profile, 2020)
 
HobbiesHiking, listening to music. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe makes the sign of the cross when stepping onto the ice and when he is on the start line. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m25  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m30  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m32  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall36  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m37  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m41  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall42  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m53  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall88  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m30  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m34  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m37  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m40  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m40  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m43  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m43  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m45  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m46  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m46  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m47  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m47  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m58  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m67  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m71  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m74  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m75  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m82  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m85  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m95  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m95  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m101  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m107  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m111  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m121  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m133  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m153