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Dai Dai N'tab

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11708199401
NOCNetherlands
Born17 Aug 1994 in  Amsterdam
GenderMen
Higher educationCommunications, Marketing - Johan Cruyff College Groningen: Netherlands
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, French
ResidenceAmsterdam, NED
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.15 09 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:08.39 28 Dec 2020 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:50.56 22 Mar 2015 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    500m     1  
    Team Sprint 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    500m   1 1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sportHe came into contact with the sport through inline skating. He practised both sports until he had to choose between them at age 18.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the Olympic Winter Games. (schaatsen.nl, 03 Oct 2022)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachJac Orie [club], NED; Rintje Ritsma [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried speed skating at age 12 on an ice track in Oisterwijk, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationMISSING PYEONGCHANG AND BEIJING
He did not qualify to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang or the 2022 Games in Beijing. He was disqualified for two false starts at the 2018 Dutch Olympic Trials and finished in second place in the 500m at the 2022 National Trials, which was only enough for a place as a travelling reserve in Beijing. He talked to a sports psychologist to come to terms with the disappointment but eventually worked through it on his own. "Skating is not just training for me, it's a way of life. When I lie in bed at night, I think, 'How can I do my next workout better? How can I skate better?' And that experience was always painful. And so all the training sessions were confrontational. I tried it [seeing a psychologist], but found it wasn't necessary for me. Everyone has to do it their own way, it didn't work for me. I am a real talker, mirror a lot with the people who are close to me. I could come to other insights with a psychologist, but I love this sport too much to get stuck in it." (schaatsen.nl, 16 Sep 2023, 03 Oct 2022; ad.nl, 28 Dec 2017; rtvnoord.nl, 27 Dec 2017)

HERITAGE
He has a Dutch mother and a Senegalese father. (nrc.nl, 17 Nov 2019; nos.nl, 01 Nov 2014)
 
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013962099266  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe was troubled by back problems in 2022 and 2023. (teamjumbovisma.nl, 28 Oct 2023; schaatsen.nl, 16 Sep 2023)

He sustained a groin injury in the late part of 2015. (schaatsen.nl, 17 Oct 2016)
 
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Dutch speed skater Ronald Mulder. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017; omroepbrabant.nl, 05 Jul 2017)  
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/daidaintab  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesAlexandre [a name that is also shown in his passport], Gifkikker ['Poisonous frog', a nickname given to him by his teammates for being so energetic]. (nrc.nl, 17 Nov 2019; schaatsen.nl, 20 Feb 2014)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe always gets his hair cut before a competition. (nos.nl, 10 Jan 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 500m2  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m3  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 500m7  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m8  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m13  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 500m1  
    2016/2017 Astana 500m1  
    2016/2017 Stavanger 500m1  
    2016/2017 Stavanger 500m1  
    2020/2021 Heerenveen 500m1  
    2017/2018 Minsk 500m2  
    2018/2019 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2018/2019 Tomakomai Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 Heerenveen 500m2  
    2022/2023 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m3  
    2018/2019 Hamar 500m3  
    2019/2020 Minsk 500m3  
    2017/2018 Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2020/2021 Heerenveen 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 1000m5  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m7  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m8  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m9  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m12  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m15  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m20  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification Overall21  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification Overall29  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m29  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m39  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m41  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m43