Biography:

Tania Vicent started speed skating at age 10 and went on to compete at four Olympic Winter Games, winning a medal at each one to put her amongst Canada’s most decorated Olympians. A staple of the 3000m relay team throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Vicent helped the team to bronze at Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002 before capturing silvers at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010. She achieved her best individual Olympic result in Turin when she won the B Final of the 1000m to finish fourth overall.

Vicent was the veteran presence on the squad at Vancouver 2010, more than a decade older than her relay teammates. The silver was the climax of her comeback from hip surgery for which she needed almost a year to recover. Vicent had won a world title with the 3000m relay team in 2005. She also collected four silver and three bronze medals in the 3000m relay at the world championships from 1995 to 2010.

Retired since Vancouver 2010, Vicent is now a Program Manager of Athlete Services for the Canadian Olympic Committee.