Kim Boutin first represented Canada internationally at the 2014 World Junior Championships where she was a member of the 3000m relay team that won silver. At that event, she also briefly claimed ownership of the 500m junior world record. Boutin made her World Cup debut the following season and won a bronze medal with the 3000m relay at her first World Cup competition. Her first individual medals came later in the 2014-15 season as she won bronze in the 1000m and 1500m at the sixth World Cup stop in Erzurum, Turkey. At her first world championships in 2015, she finished seventh in the overall classification, making her the top-ranked Canadian woman. She was named Speed Skating Canada’s Rising Star of the Year in short track for 2015.
After starting the 2015-16 season strongly, winning three medals with the 3000m relay as well as a 1500m silver, Boutin decided to take a break after just four World Cup stops. She was physically fatigued and was dealing with a minor back injury, but mostly she needed some time to sort out her mental game. She has since found herself better able to distance her personal life from her skating life. Following her six-month hiatus, she returned to the World Cup circuit fulltime in 2016-17 and earned her first individual World Cup victory, taking 1500m gold at the fifth stop in Dresden, Germany. She also qualified for the 2017 World Championships, proving to herself how much she was capable of accomplishing. At the Canadian selection trials for PyeongChang 2018, Boutin finished first in the overall standings after winning eight of the nine races.
A little more about Kim
Getting into the Sport: Started skating at age 6 because her brother was already involved and she wanted to follow him… Loves that there is always something to work on in short track because she must be intelligent and strong, both physically and mentally… Outside Interests: Enjoys painting and knitting as well as attending CEGEP to maintain a balance between her personal life and sport… Odds and Ends: Admires teammate Marianne St-Gelais for the way she deals with the toughest parts of the sport, such as the travelling and the work that goes into getting good results…
Notable International Results
ISU World Championships: 2017 – 42nd (500m), 22nd (1000m), 11th (1500m), 5th (3000m relay); 2015 – 15th (500m), 4th (1000m), 7th (1500m), 5th (3000m relay)