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Alex Boisvert-Lacroix


SportSpeed Skating
Born08 Apr 1987 in  Sherbrooke
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
Higher educationPhysical Education, Teaching - University of Quebec at Montreal: Canada
LanguagesEnglish, French
FamilyPartner Sarah Bergeron
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.15 08 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:07.97 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:50.13 16 Mar 2014 Calgary  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
General Interest
General Interest
After finishing fifth in the 500m at the 2021 Canadian National Championships in Calgary, he was initially left out of the national squad for the 2021/22 World Cup season. However, following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS], he was successfully reinstated to the Canadian national team in November 2021. "I disagreed with the selection process. I felt that an important criteria had been ignored and that the process had been affected. So I appealed my case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The decision has been rendered, I will be reinstated in the team. It's a huge relief and a huge stress reliever. I feel like I got justice." (, 04 Nov 2021;, 04 Nov 2021)

He went into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang hoping to win a medal, following three podium finishes in the World Cup season leading up to the Games. However, he ended up placing 11th in his event [500m] in Pyeongchang. "I wanted a [Olympic] medal so badly because it was achievable. [But] my coach was the first to come and see me and say I was not allowed to be disappointed, that I had to hold my head high. If I look back to where I was two years ago, I would have been happy just to have been at the Olympics, regardless of the result." (, 07 Mar 2018)

Having made his international debut in short track in 2007, he contracted glandular fever and missed out on the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, which prompted a switch to speed skating. "[It] came at a bad time, I needed to change something. I had reached a certain plateau [in short track] that I was unable to overcome. That's when I decided to test my skills in speed skating." (, 22 Nov 2015)

In 2017 he completed his studies in sports teaching, which he had started 10 years earlier. After the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he began working at the College Jean Eudes in Montreal, QC, Canada, teaching physical education. "My objective as a sports teacher is to transmit my passion for sport. I hope the kids will see my passion and that might inspire them to achieve." (, 20 Apr 2018)
Awards and honoursIn 2017 he was named International Male Athlete of the Year at the 36th edition of the Merite sportif de l'Estrie in Quebec, Canada. (, 02 Feb 2017)  
InjuriesHe sustained a herniated disc in his back during the 2018/19 season. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
HobbiesHiking, watching TV series. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2021)  
NicknamesBig Dog (Athlete, 18 Jan 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and winning the 500m title at consecutive 2017 World Cup events in Calgary, AB, Canada, and Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2021)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I was taking a skating lesson as a child and after my practice I saw some older kids do some racing. I told my parents I wanted to do races."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoaches Gregor Jelonek and Stephen Gough. (Athlete, 12 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolUS basketball player Michael Jordan, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 18 Jan 2021)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at age six in Sherbrooke, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Each athlete is different." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe likes to wear a number of old lucky t-shirts under his suit during competitions. "For example, there are a few t-shirts that my mother wore when she played volleyball at a high level. There's another that I used to wear in primary school with my favourite team on it, the Chicago Bulls, because Michael Jordan is my hero." (Athlete, 18 Jan 2021;, 22 Nov 2017)  
Other sportsHe has represented Canada in short track. He finished third in the 500m at the 2007 World Cup event in Harbin, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Dec 2015;, 22 Nov 2015)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 Four Continents Championships 500m2  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m11  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m12  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m13  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m17  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall18  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2017/2018 Stavanger Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2015/2016 Inzell 500m2  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen 500m2  
    2019/2020 Nagano Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 Nur-Sultan 500m3  
    2015/2016 Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2019/2020 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint3  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen 500m3  
    2017/2018 Erfurt 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m6  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m10  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 500m17  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification Overall17  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m22  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m22  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m23  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification Overall25  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m27  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 500m28  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m33  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m35  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m37  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m48