Speed Skating Canada

National Team | Long Track

Valérie Maltais

BIOGRAPHY

A three-time Olympian and silver medalist with Canada’s short track national team, Valérie Maltais transitioned to long track in 2018.

As a short track skater, Maltais has represented Canada at three Olympic Games – Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 – and was a member of the silver medal winning relay team in 2014. She won a total of 41 World Cup medals and participated in 10 consecutive World Championships from 2009 to 2018, winning 11 medals, including bronze and silver in the overall rankings. She was also a two-time medalist at the World Junior Championships and four-time medalist at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.

Following PyeongChang 2018, Maltais made the switch to long track, where she would focus on the middle and long distances. She quickly became an integral part of the women’s Team Pursuit squad alongside veteran skaters Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann, a group that has won five World Cup medals and reached the World Championship podium twice since her arrival, bringing home bronze in 2020 and silver in 2021.

Maltais was the recipient of the Nathalie Lambert Award for Female Short Track Athlete of the Year in both 2012 and 2014.

A national champion and Pan Am Games participant in inline skating, she relocated to Calgary in 2018 and lives with her boyfriend and fellow national team skater Jordan Belchos.

QUICK FACTS

DATE OF BIRTH

July 4, 1990

BIRTHPLACE

Chicoutimi, Que.

HOMETOWN

La Baie, Que.

TRAINING CENTRE

Olympic Oval (Calgary)

COACH

Remmelt Eldering

CLUB

CPV La Baie

FAVOURITE TV SHOW

Seinfield

PRE-COMPETITION RITUAL

Writting down my race plan

HIDDEN TALENT

I can figure skate

FAVOURITE PLACE TO SKATE

Salt Lake City, USA

SPONSORS

Loggia Saint-Lambert, Oakley, Rekarb, Kronobar

EDUCATION

Dietetics, Collège de Maisonneuve

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RESULTS

SEASON COMPETITION EVENT POSITION
2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 2
2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 3
2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 1
2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 1
2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Pursuit 1
2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Pursuit 2
2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 3
2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 1
2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City Team Pursuit 1
2021/2022 World Cup Calgary Team Pursuit 1
SEASON
2020/2021
COMPETITION
World Single Distances Championships
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
2
SEASON
2019/2020
COMPETITION
World Single Distances Championships
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
3
SEASON
2020/2021
COMPETITION
World Cup Heerenveen
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
1
SEASON
2020/2021
COMPETITION
World Cup Heerenveen
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
1
SEASON
2019/2020
COMPETITION
World Cup Nur-Sultan
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
1
SEASON
2019/2020
COMPETITION
World Cup Nagano
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
2
SEASON
2019/2020
COMPETITION
World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
3
SEASON
2021/2022
COMPETITION
World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
1
SEASON
2021/2022
COMPETITION
World Cup Salt Lake City
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
1
SEASON
2021/2022
COMPETITION
World Cup Calgary
EVENT
Team Pursuit
POSITION
1