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, but recalls the amazing feeling of having the entire home crowd cheer for her during her semifinal.
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 five straight world championship teams, beginning in 2009. She has earned four 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.
2012 World Bronze Medallist 1000m… 2010 and 2013 World Silver Medallist 3000m Relay… 2009 and 2011 World Bronze Medallist 3000m Relay…