Photo: Todd Korol Canadian Press
The canadian olympic team in long track speed skating was introduced Wednesday in Calgary.
After two unsuccessful attempts, the Quebecois Alex Boisvert-Lacroix will live, finally, his olympic dream.
Boisvert-Lacroix, as well as his team-mates Laurent Dubreuil, Alexandre St-Jean and Olivier Jean are part of the team that will represent Canada in long track speed skating at the olympic Games to Pyeongchang from 9 to 25 February.
The people of Sherbrooke, who is 30 years of age, had failed his first two attempts in anticipation of the Games in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014, and he even briefly thought about hanging up his skates. But a shock occurred in the wake of her disappointment in 2014, and with the help of his coach Gregor Jelonek, Boisvert-Lacroix is back among the elite of his sport these last few years.
This progression culminated last fall with the conquest of two consecutive gold medals — Calgary and Salt Lake City — 500 m, ensuring at the same time a ticket for the olympics. Wednesday, Boisvert-Lacroix relished the moment like no other.
“When we try to explain that to people, that it’s been years and years that we train, we travel to the four corners of the planet, and that in the end it is only for a day, a race, and 34 seconds, it sometimes becomes frustrating, said the main party. You would like to get a second chance, but there isn’t. “
“I don’t know if someone else is going to enjoy all the time [when I’ll be on the ice in Pyeongchang], but I am going to make it one hundred percent, he added. I will give everything I have, and just thinking about it I’m already excited. I am very, very excited to be on the spot and let the Games begin. I’m in shape this year, and I look forward to the show. “
Boisvert-Lacroix will run in the 500 m, while Dubreuil, of Lévis, will take part in the races of 500 m and 1000 m, St-Jean, Quebec city, 1000 m, and Jean, of Lachenaie, in the mass start.
Of the group, only John, a former short track speed skater, has experience at the olympic Games. He will be at his third olympic games after Vancouver in 2010 — where he won gold in the relay 5000 m — and Sochi in 2014.
Morrison, the survivor
In total, nineteen athletes — nine women, ten men and four coaches have been nominated to represent Team Canada in South Korea.
The skaters franco-ontarians Vincent De Haître, of Cumberland, and Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Weidemann, of Ottawa, have also earned a place in the team.
“At my first olympics [in Sochi], I had the impression of being a debutante and I was amazed by the grandiosity of the event, was first mentioned by Blondin. I focus on the podium for my second Games. “
Among the other skaters that come to the attention within the team is the Columbian Denny Morrison, who has overcome many trials that nearly cost him his life in recent years.
Morrison, who will participate in the 1500 m and the team pursuit, has been the victim of a serious motorcycle accident in may 2015, before suffering a major stroke on April 23, 2016 in Salt Lake City. The main person concerned is aware of the chance he had, to not only be alive, but to represent the country at the olympic games.
“Since 2014, I faced a lot of challenges and I am grateful to be able to celebrate each small success that I’m living for “, he mentioned.