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Danaé Blais


SportShort Track
Born10 May 1999 in Châteauguay 
OccupationAthlete, Coach
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationSocial and Behavioral Science - Maisonneuve College: Montreal, QC, CAN
ResidenceMontreal, QC, CAN
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.486 06 Nov 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:29.423 11 Feb 2023 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:19.721 27 Nov 2021 Dordrecht  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    3000m Relay   1 1  
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay 1      
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer older brother Cedrik Blais has represented Canada in short track. He was part of the team that won the 5000m relay at the 2020 World Cup event in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2023; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Dec 2020)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My brother was already doing speed skating so I tried it too and liked it."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer brother Cedrik Blais. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2023)  
Hero / IdolCanadian short track skater Kim Boutin, Russian short track skater Victor An. (, 01 Apr 2021; Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age seven in LaSalle, QC, Canada.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"I try not to put too much pressure on myself, even though I am among the best skaters in my sport. I do a lot of personal work in order not to fall into a trap of performance anxiety. I put my insecurities and fears into perspective and try to enjoy every moment and have fun during the big competitions." (, 09 Feb 2022)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2023)  
HobbiesCycling, painting, drawing. (Instagram profile, 26 Sep 2021;, 01 Apr 2021)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachSebastien Cros [national], FRA  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn September 2021 she suffered a concussion during training. Immediately after her recovery, she sustained a cut to her left ankle in a collision with another skater. She then also sprained her right ankle shortly after that. (, 09 Feb 2022;, 25 Jan 2022)  
Other informationMENTAL HEALTH
She experienced anxiety and depression in the two years leading up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. "The last two years have been very difficult [speaking in 2022]. I have been through several challenges in my personal life and with my family and this has led me for the first time to symptoms related to anxiety and depression. This affected my athletic performance a lot and I had to learn to ask for help and not be afraid to ask for it. I came out of it stronger and now I try to advocate the best that I can for mental health in sports and personal wellness of athletes." (, 09 Feb 2022)

She has also studied psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2023)
Memorable sporting achievementPlacing second in the 1000m and third in the 1500m at the 2023 World Cup event in Montreal, QC, Canada. (Athlete, 12 Dec 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2023/2024 Four Continents Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 Four Continents Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Four Continents Championships 1000m3  
    2023/2024 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2023/2024 Four Continents Championships 1500m3  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2020/2021 World Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay12  
    2023/2024 World Championships 1500m19  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall19  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall22  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m25  
    2023/2024 World Championships 500m41  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 Dordrecht 3000m Relay1  
    2022/2023 Almaty 3000m Relay1  
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 3000m Relay1  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 1000m2  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Dresden 3000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Dresden 3000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 3000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Dordrecht 3000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Nagoya 3000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 3000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 Almaty 3000m Relay3  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 1500m3  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay3  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 2000m Relay3  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m4  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 3000m Relay4  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m5  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay5  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m6  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m6  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m7  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 1500m7  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m7  
    2023/2024 Dresden 1500m8  
    2023/2024 Dresden 1000m8  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m8  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m8  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay8  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m8  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m9  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m9  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m9  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification Overall10  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1000m11  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 1000m12  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall13  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m16  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m17  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1000m17  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m18  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m19  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m20  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m23  
    2018/2019 Almaty 500m23  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m24  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m25  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m26  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m28  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m30  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 500m37  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m54  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m62  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m68