Vincent De Haître won his first medal at the ISU World Single Distances Championships in 2017, taking silver in the 1000m. He followed it a day later with a near-podium in the 1500m, ending up in fourth place. At the ISU World Sprint Championships at the end of February, he broke the Canadian record in the 1000m.

He capped the 2016-17 season by finishing second in the overall World Cup 1000m standings, thanks to his first career individual World Cup victory in Astana, Kazakhstan in December and a silver medal at the World Cup Final in Stavanger, Norway in March. Those accomplishments led to him being named Speed Skating Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year in long track.

De Haître made 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. He went on to post a top-20 finish in the 1000m in Sochi and was named Speed Skating Canada’s Long Track Rising Star of the Year. At that time, he had minimal international experience behind him. He finished seventh 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.

He claimed his first career World Cup medal in March 2015 when he captured 1000m bronze at the World Cup Final in Erfurt, Germany. That came just after he had competed at his first World Single Distances Championships.

De Haître had been a dual sport athlete. In 2014 he competed at the Commonwealth Games in track cycling, finishing fourth in the team sprint and seventh in the 1000m time trial. He is also a former national champion in the 1000m time trial. He had picked up road cycling to help build his endurance for speed skating before realizing his aptitude for sprinting in track cycling.

A little more about Vincent

Getting into the Sport: Started speed skating at age six after going public skating with his neighbours… Gave it up at age 9 to try alpine skiing before realizing he loved skating… Outside Interests: Enjoys riding his mountain bike, cross-country skiing, playing pool, watching pro wrestling, 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…