Valérie Maltais

Summary

Athlete Valérie Maltais
Skills Speed Skating

Bio

Valérie Maltais won her first ever Olympic medal on February 18, 2014 after winning silver at the 3000m relay. A couple of weeks later at the World Championships, she finished 3rd in the overall standings. Vice world-champion in short track speed skating in 2012, Valérie is also the Canadian champion in speed roller skating.

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Biography

Valérie Maltais made her Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010, while in her second season of senior international competition.

In 2012, she won the world title of vice-champion and was named Canadian short-track speed skater of the year.

Since 2009, Valérie has been a member of five consecutive World Championship teams.

On February 18, 2014, the native of La Baie, Quebec, savoured her first Olympic victory, winning silver in the 3000-metre relay. As if this first honour wasn’t enough, she repeated the feat a few weeks later at the World Championships, coming third overall with a bronze medal in the 1000 m, a silver in the 3000 m relay and a bronze in the 3000 m in the super final.

A keen competitor who continually strives to excel, Valérie is a fan of inline racing. She is spending the summer of 2014 preparing to compete in the 2015 Pan-American Games.

A keen competitor who continually strives to excel, Valérie is a fan of inline racing. She finished first in the 2014 Outdoor roller speed skating Canadian Championships, qualifying for the Worlds in November 2014. Her intention is to compete in the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto. This makes her one of the very few athletes to compete at the international level in both a summer and winter sport.

And the dream continues… 

  • More than 20 Canadian records in the Minime category that are still valid today

  • Sixth in the 1500 m at her first Junior World Cham - pionship in 2006 (age 15)

  • Member of national team, Vancouver Olympics (age 19)

  • World vice-champion, 3000 m relay in 2010, 2013, 2014

  • World vice-champion in 2012. World champion, 3000 m, and bronze medallist 1000 m

  • World record, 1000 m, in October 2012

  • Multi-medallist, World Cup and World Championship

  • Canadian Champion

  • Olympic record-holder for 1000 m, beaten at 2014 Sochi Olympics

  • Sixth in 1000 m, sixth in 1500 m and ninth in 500 m, 2014 Sochi Olympics

  • Silver medal, 3000 m relay, 2014 Sochi Olympics

Honours

  • – Partner of the Year, Gala Sport-Québec, April 2014
  • – Athlete of the Year, Speed Skating Canada for 2012-2013 season
  • – Athlete of the Year, Regroupement Loisir et Sport du Saguenay, 2012

ROLLER SPEED SKATING 2014

  • First place at the Quebec roller skating Championships (Saint-Lambert)

  • First place at the 2014 Canadian Outdoor Championships (Toronto)

  • Qualified for the 2014 Pan-Am Mexican Festival

  • Qualified for the 2014 World Championships (Argentina)