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Laurent Dubreuil

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCAN12611200001
NOCCanada
Born25 Jul 1992 in  Quebec
GenderMen
FamilyWife Andreanne Bastille, daughter Rose [2019], son Nathan [2022]
ResidenceLévis, QC, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationCommunications - Laval University: Quebec, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 33.77 10 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    1000m 1:06.76 15 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:47.19 20 Mar 2011 Calgary  
    5000m 7:14.40 10 Jan 2009 Calgary  
    10000m 17:17.66 07 Dec 2008 Quebec  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m   1    
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    500m 1 1    
    1000m     2  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
    500m 1      
    1000m     2  
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/laurent.dubreuil.524  
twitter.com/Dubreuil92  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My parents are Olympians in speed skating. They taught me how to skate in our backyard and I loved it. Speed skating is a pure sport. It is human against the clock, and that's what I love the most."  
Club / TeamClub Patinage de Vitesse de Levis: Canada  
Name of coachGregor Jelonek [national], CAN  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried the sport at age four in Levis, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis mother Ariane Loignon represented Canada in both short track and speed skating. She competed in speed skating at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, and was part of the Canadian short track team that won gold in the 3000m relay at the 1986 World Championships in Chamonix, France. His father Robert Dubreuil also represented Canada in both short track and speed skating. He finished 14th in the 500m speed skating event at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, and was part of the Canadian short track team that won gold in the 5000m relay at the 1984 World Championships in Peterborough, England. His brother Daniel has represented Canada in speed skating at junior level, and competed at the world junior championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014, while his brother-in-law Guillaume Bastille won a gold medal with the Canadian short track 5000m relay team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Dec 2020; Athlete, 04 Jan 2015; speedskating.ca, 21 Oct 2012)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Gregor Jelonek, and his wife Andreanne. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolBritish darts player Phil Taylor. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
InjuriesHe was forced to withdraw from the 2022 World Sprint Championships in Hamar, Norway, before the start of the second day of competition after testing positive for COVID-19. He had raced on the first day of competition at the event. (noovo.info, 04 Mar 2022).

He injured his back [lumbar sprain] in February 2008 and was out of action until May 2009. The injury has continued to cause him problems since then. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019, 18 Nov 2018)

He sustained two concussions in the 2006/07 season. The injuries persuaded him to take up speed skating instead of short track. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018, 12 Nov 2017)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 500m at the 2021 World Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (isu.org, 17 Feb 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"[Have] fun because first of all, you're faster when you have fun and secondly, winning without having fun is not worth it. What makes me smile every day is my family. To be able to practise my passion while having a family has always been my goal. I'm really happy to be able to do both because I'm not sure what makes me the happiest between both. Every day, I have the feeling that I'm living my career dream which is to skate while having a family." (olympics.com, 11 Feb 2022)  
NicknamesLarry [he finds it is hard for people to pronounce Laurent correctly if they only speak English]. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2015)  
Other information500M AND 1000M DOMINATION
He is known for his strength in the 500m event, and hopes to transfer his performances to the 1000m after winning silver in the event at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "I think I am capable now of winning both distances. What I need to do [in the 2022/23] season is find a bit more strength at the end of the [1000m] race, without sacrificing my strength at the beginning of the race. [But] I don't think it will be easy. There are so many good skaters. Every medal will be hard fought." (journaldemontreal.com, 09 Nov 2022; ici.radio-canada.ca, 04 Nov 2022)

DAUGHTER'S OLYMPIC PREMONITION
He failed to win a medal in his preferred event, the 500m, at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Ahead of the 1000m in Beijing, he spoke with his daughter, Rose, who was age two on the eve of his 1000m race in Beijing, and she asked him to finish second because that was how old she was. "I started getting good when I became a dad. I feel like that takes away some pressure because it puts things in perspective. Before, skating was the most important thing in my life. If skating was bad, I felt bad. If skating was good, I felt good about myself. But now even if I have a bad race, I don't care too much, because that's not what's most important to me anymore." (journaldequevec.com, 18 Feb 2022; isu.org, 03 Dec 2021)

BACK ISSUES
He sustained a lumbar sprain in his back in 2008, which has plagued him throughout his career. He began seeing an improvement in the issue in his mid-twenties after he started working with physical trainer, Jonathan Pelletier-Ouellet. "It invigorated me. I had come to a place in my career where I needed to change, to find something new. When Jonathan arrived he brought something new, it was different from what I had done before. I had still had good results before, I was a world medallist in 2015. I was in my mid-twenties and I could have refused to change my approach, but I got on board, I jumped a bit into nothingness. It was gradual rebuild. I started doing squats again, stuff that I didn't think my back was going to be able to take. I have had back problems since I was young. Now I am not in pain at all, I can put on really heavy loads. It starts from that. Most of my good results have come since then. I owe a lot to Jonathan, but I am happy to have dared to do something different." (ici.radio-canada.ca, 13 Oct 2021, 06 Oct 2021; Facebook profile, 03 Sep 2021)
 
Other sportsHe has competed in athletics and table tennis at the Quebec Games in Canada. (speedskating.ca, 12 Feb 2017)  
Awards and honoursIn 2021 and 2022 he was named Long Track Male Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. In 2015 he shared the award with Denny Morrison. (speedskating.ca, 01 Mar 2022)

In 2020 he received the Athlete of the Year and International Individual Sport awards from the Quebec Chaudiere-Appalaches region in Canada. (journaldelevis.com, 27 Oct 2020; lesoleil.com, 23 Oct 2020)

In 2011 and 2012 he was named Male National Athlete of the Year at the Gala Victoris in Quebec City, QC, Canada. (speedskating.ca, 12 Feb 2017)
 
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (lesoleil.com, 28 Sep 2022)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m1  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m4  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m6  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m8  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall8  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m9  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m9  
    2013/2014 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m11  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2018/2019 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m13  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall13  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m14  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall16  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m18  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m25  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Stavanger 500m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Four Continents Championships 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki 500m2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Stavanger 500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Stavanger 500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki Team Sprint3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszów Mazowiecki 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m4  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m7  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m9  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m9  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall13  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m14  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m15  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m15  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m23  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m25  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m27  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall28  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m37  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall41  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall45  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m47  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall46