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William Dandjinou


SportShort Track
Born01 Oct 2001 in Sherbrooke 
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationScience - Maisonneuve College: Montreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.838 08 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1000m 1:24.231 01 Nov 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:13.935 08 Mar 2019 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I wanted to go far in the sport because I liked it. Things started coming together when I was training at Laval Regional Short Track Centre. At that point, I really started to see that I had the potential to go further."  
Name of coachSebastien Cros [national], FRA  
Training RegimeHe trains at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, QC, Canada, with one session in the morning and one in the afternoon. He has one full day off and one afternoon off per week.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at about age six. His first skating club was CPV Montreal St-Michel in Quebec, Canada, before he moved on to train at the nearby Laval Regional Short Track Centre [CRCP].  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"It is a sport which is very tactical and competitive. You have to be able to challenge yourself to beat the opponents who are all around you on the track." (, 07 Dec 2020)  
Other informationHEIGHT
At more than 190 centimetres tall, he says he does not see his height as a disadvantage in short track. "My big advantage - and that I learned to do so at a young age - is that I skate low for my height. Being tall is only a disadvantage if you don't use your leg length. Since I skate low, sometimes lower than people who are actually shorter than me, it allows me to add a lot of range of motion." (, 10 Jan 2020)

He was named as an alternate for Canada at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 14 Oct 2022;, 01 Mar 2022)
HobbiesCycling, basketball, reading, playing chess. (, 01 Jan 2022)  
Hero / IdolCanadian speed skater and short track skater Olivier Jean. (, 01 Jan 2022)  
Most influential person in careerCanadian speed skater and short track skater Olivier Jean. "He went to college and had a great career both in skating and in school. We call each other often and he gives me advice. He's almost a mentor to me." (, 07 Dec 2020)  
Awards and honoursHe was named Male Short Track Athlete of the Year for 2019/20 by the Quebec Speed Skating Federation [FPVQ] in Canada. (, 29 Dec 2020)  
Memorable sporting achievementMaking his World Cup debut during the 2019/20 season, and winning three gold and two silver medals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. (, 07 Dec 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay9  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 500m17  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1500m20  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1000m20  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1500m21  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 500m34  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 World Cup Four Continents Championships 5000m Relay1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Dordrecht 5000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Four Continents Championships 1000m3  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay5  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m28  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m28  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m46  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m74  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m83  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m102