Arguably the best female canoer in the world, Laurence Vincent Lapointe’s Olympic dream began as an eight-year-old watching synchronized swimming on TV from Sydney 2000. She did that sport for several years before switching to canoe and since then has always hoped to see women’s canoe added to the Olympic program so that she can participate. She will finally get to experience multi-sport competition at TORONTO 2015 where canoe events for women will make their Pan American Games debuts. Vincent Lapointe first made her name on the international scene in 2010 when she won a pair of gold medals in the C-1 200m and C-2 500m at the ICF World Championships. She repeated those results at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. Also in 2013, she became the first-ever U-23 world champion in the C-1 200m. In 2014 she won her fourth straight world title in the C-1 200m in world record time of 46.419 seconds. .
Family: Parents Guy Lapointe and Nathalie Vincent… Younger sister Frédérique Vincent Lapointe… Getting into the Sport: Started canoeing at age 12 as a summer activity with friends… Had a lot of initial trouble keeping her balance but did not give up and after two years finally managed to stay in the boat… With improvement was able to appreciate the speed and power of canoeing… Outside Interests: Graduated from Université de Montréal (Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences) and has applied to medical school to the fall of 2015… Enjoys reading, doing puzzles, swimming, and travelling… Odds and Ends: Role model is two-time Olympic canoer Dave Frost who helped her get into the sport… Collects presents and souvenirs for family and friends during her travels…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ICF WCh: 2014 – GOLD (C-1 200m), 4th (C-2 500m); 2013 – GOLD (C-1 200m), GOLD (C-2 500m); 2011 – GOLD (C-1 200m), GOLD (C-2 500m); 2010 – GOLD (C-1 200m), GOLD (C-2 500m)
ICF WCh (U-23): 2013 – GOLD (C-1 200m)