a.m., Feb. 12)
Haitre makes the most of his Olympic debut
By Fred Sherwin
Vincent De Haitre of Cumberland placed a very
resepctable 20th in the 1000 metres long track
event on Wednesday competing in his first
Olympics. File photo
year ago Cumberland speed skater Vincent De Haitre never
dreamed of competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics. After
all he had just finished 8th at the 2013 World Junior
Championships and he placed 11th at the Canadian Single
ahead a year and De Haitre is not only competing at the
Sochi Olympics, he's proving that his making the team
was no fluke.
19-year-old Cumberland resident skated nearly eclipsed
his personal best in the 1000 metres on Wednesday to place
a very respectable 20th in the event.
Haitre completed two laps of the oval in 1:10.04, just
1.5 seconds of his personal best time of 1:08.7 which
he skated during the Olympic trials at the national training
facility in Calgary which is a much faster track.
Gloucester Concordes member came out of nowhere to make
the Olympic team. At the World Cup trials in October he
finished 6th in the 1000 and 4th in the 1500. Two months
later he shaved a second off his time in winning the 1000
metres at the Olympic trials and placed 3rd in the 1500.
just 19 years of age, De Haitre's future is bright indeed.
But before he can look ahead to the 2018 Winter Olympics
in South Korea, he must compete in the 1500 on Friday
where he will hoping to put in another strong performance.
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