Valérie Maltais made her Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010 in just her second season of senior international competition. She finished 14th in her only event, the 1500m. Four years later she competed in all four events at Sochi 2014 and won a silver medal as part of the 3000m relay team.
During her junior career, Maltais had competed at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 World Junior Championships, winning 500m bronze and relay silver in 2009. At the 2007 Canada Winter Games she earned one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
Maltais has been a part of six straight world championship teams, beginning in 2009. She has earned five medals as part of the 3000m relay team. In 2012 she stepped on the world championship podium by herself after taking bronze in the 1000m and finished second in the overall rankings. She also finished first overall at the 2012 Canadian Open Championships. It all led to her being named the 2012 Speed Skating Canada Female Athlete of the Year for short track.
In 2012-13, Maltais finished first overall in the fall selection trials and followed that up with her first individual World Cup victory, winning the 1000m in Montreal.
2014 Olympic Silver Medallist 3000m Relay… 2012 and 2014 World Bronze Medallist 1000m… 2010, 2013 and 2014 World Silver Medallist 3000m Relay… 2009 and 2011 World Bronze Medallist 3000m Relay…
Getting Into the Sport: Started speed skating in 1996 at the local rink in Saguenay… Had been figure skating for two years but her mother noticed short track at the Olympic Winter Games and put her in that because it was more competitive… She loved it from the first time on the ice… As a figure skater she had always wanted to race her coach… Odds and Ends: Enjoys rollerblading, photography, cycling and gardening… Motto: “Who lives without folly, is not as wise as he thinks.” – Duke of Rouchfoucauld… Studying nutrition at Cégep College de Maisonneuve in Montreal but taking a break for the Olympic year… Favourite Olympic memory is watching Marc Gagnon and Jonathan Guilmette win gold and silver in the 500m at Salt Lake City 2002…
Notable International Results
ISU World Championships: 2014 – 9th (500m), BRONZE (1000m), 4th (1500m), SILVER (3000m relay); 2013 – 8th (500m), 12th (1000m), 5th (1500m), SILVER (3000m relay); 2012 – 7th (500m), BRONZE (1000m), 13th (1500m), 4th (3000m relay); 2011 – BRONZE (3000m relay); 2010 – SILVER (3000m relay); 2009 – 14th (500m), 21st (1000m), 11th (1500m), BRONZE (3000m relay)