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.
World Championship Results
2008 (Gangneung City, KOR): 13th – overall; 12th – 500 metres; 7th – 1,000 metres; 22nd – 1,500 metres; Silver – relay 2006 (Minneapolis, USA): Silver – relay 2005 (Beijing, CHN): Gold – relay 2004 (Gothenburg, SWE): 21st – overall; 14th – 1,000 metres; 7th – 1,500 metres; 4th – relay 2003 (Warsaw, POL): 11th – overall; 12th – 500 metres; 10th – 1,000 metres; 8th – 1,500 metres; Silver – relay 2002 (Montreal, CAN): Bronze – relay 2001 (Jeonju, KOR): 5th – overall; 30th – 500 metres; 5th – 1,000 metres; 4th – 1,500 metres; 5th – 3,000 metres; 8th – relay 2000 (Sheffield, GBR): Bronze – relay 1999 (Sofia, BUL): 4th – relay 1998 (Vienna, AUS): 19th – overall; 6th – relay 1996 (The Hague, NED): 5th – relay 1995 (Gjovik, NOR): 16th – overall; Bronze – relay
2009-10: Captured four World Cup relay medals. 2008-09: Missed first half of season due to chronic left hip injury … Finished 14th overall at Canadian Open Championship. 2007-08: Was 13th overall at WC … Captured bronze at Team WC in Beijing, CHN … Won two relay medals on World Cup circuit … Finished 2nd overall at Canadian Open Championships. 2006-07: Did not skate due to injury. 2005-06: Won silver medal in relay at Olympic Winter Games … Won silver in relay at WC … Captured bronze at Team WC in Montreal … Ranked 2nd in relay for World Cup season. 2004-05: Captured bronze at Team WC in Chuncheon, KOR … Won gold in relay at WC … Finished 7th overall at Canadian Open Championships. 2003-04: Ranked 21st overall at WC … Had 4th-place showing at Team WC in St Petersburg, RUS. 2002-03: Finished 11th overall at WC … Placed 4th at Team WC in Budapest, HUN … Ranked 3rd in relay for World Cup season. 2001-02: Captured bronze in relay at WC … Won bronze at Team WC in Milwaukee, USA. 2000-01: Finished 30th overall at WC … Ranked 3rd in relay for World Cup season. 1999-00: Won bronze in relay at WC … Finished 4th at Team WC. 1998-99: Was 4th in relay at WC … Captured silver at Team WC in St. Louis, USA. 1997-98: Captured bronze in relay at Olympic Winter Games … Finished 19th overall at WC … Won bronze at Team WC in Bormio, ITA. 1996-97: Ranked 5th overall in Canada. 1995-96: Was 5th in relay at WC … Placed 4th at WC in Lake Placid, USA. 1994-95: Won bronze in relay at WC … Captured bronze at Team WC in Zoetermeer, NED.