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(Posted6:11 a.m., Feb. 12)
De Haitre makes the most of his Olympic debut

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

A 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 Distance Championships.

Jump 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.

The 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.

De 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.

The 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.

At 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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