Pascal Dion first represented Canada internationally at the 2015 Winter Universiade where his highlight was a fourth-place finish in the 1500m. That came after he was forced off the ice for four months in 2014. During a race, he was passed on the outside which caused him to lose his balance. He fell on the blades of a skater who had fallen before him, receiving two cuts to his back and losing more than a litre of blood. After undergoing a lot of physiotherapy and rehab to ensure his muscles were working properly, he competed at his first national selection trials just a couple of months after his return to skating.
Dion made his World Cup debut in 2015-16, winning a bronze medal with the 5000m relay at his first competition. After appearing at just two World Cup stops that season, he made it to the circuit full time in 2016-17. After just missing the podium in the 1500m at the first stop in Calgary, he claimed his first individual World Cup medal, a silver in the 1000m, at the PyeongChang 2018 test event in Gangneung, South Korea where he was racing against three Koreans in front of 13,000 fans. That success in the Olympic venue gave him a huge boost of confidence. He also won silver at that stop with the 5000m relay. Dion went on to make his world championship debut in 2017, placing fifth with the 5000m relay.
A little more about Pascal
Getting into the Sport: Started skating at age 6, first in figure skating before switching to short track because he had too much energy for the artistic sport and was disturbing everyone else… Fell in love with training as a team in an individual sport…. Outside Interests: Studying Human Movement at UQAM… Enjoys playing golf, golf, badminton, volleyball, wakesurfing… Coaches at the Point-aux-Trembles speed skating club… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Live your life!… Five-time Olympic medallist Marc Gagnon has been his idol since he was young… Always wears funny, quirky underwear in competition…
Notable International Results
ISU World Championships: 2017 – 5th (5000m relay)