Vincent De Haître will be making his Olympic debut in 2014, four years earlier than he had originally targeted, after winning the 1000m and finishing third in the 1500m at the Canadian trials. In some ways, De Haître’s surprising success is much the same as teammate Anastasia Bucsis experienced four years ago when she qualified for Vancouver 2010 as a 20-year-old underdog, a story in which he found much inspiration.
De Haître has minimal international experience behind him. He finished 7th in the 1000m and 10th in the 1500m at the 2013 World Junior Championships and made his World Cup debut in the fall of 2013.
A dual sport athlete, De Haître is the reigning Canadian champion in track cycling’s one kilometre time trial, having beaten two-time Olympian Zach Bell. He also finished third in the sprint at the 2013 Canadian Track Championships.
Getting into the Sport: Started speed skating at age six after going public skating with his neighbours… Outside Interests: Enjoys riding his bike and listening to music… Pursuing his Bachelor of Arts… Odds and Ends: Had his Olympic dream sparked by watching Salt Lake City 2002 and seeing Catriona Le May Doan’s Vector commercial… Nickname: Quadzilla… Favourite motto: Uphill is the quickest way to the top