Maltais, Valérie

Person type: 
National Team
Track type: 
Short
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, July 4, 1990
Hometown: 
Saguenay, QC (La Baie)
Coach: 
Frédéric Blackburn
Jeffrey Scholten
Training centre: 
Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal

ISU Biography

Previous club: F18 de La Baie
Senior International Seasons: 2008-...
Sponsored by: Bio-k+ internationale, Promotion Saguenay, Oakley, Saputo

Valérie Maltais competed in figure skating when she started speed skating at age 6. A few years later, at the 2009 Short Track World Junior Championships, she won a bronze medal in the 500m and a silver medal in the Women's team relay. She got her first gold medal in an international competition in October 2012 when she finished first in the 1000m event at a World Cup in Montreal.

Following the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, where she took the 14th spot in the 1500m and was the alternate for the Canadian Women Team Relay, Valérie Maltais won her first Olympic medal in 2014 in Sochi when the Women Team Relay received the silver. In the 1000m, she took the 6th position while establishing a new Olympic record of 1:28.771 in the heats.

A few months later, at the 2014 Short Track World Championships, the athlete from La Baie, QC, won the bronze medal in the 1000m, a first individual medal of her career in this event. She also finished third in the overall standings while being part of the silver medalist women team relay.

Following her performances in the 2013-2014 season, she received Speed Skating Canada's Female Short Track Athlete of the Year Award, an honour she also got in 2012.

She’s still holds the Canadian record in the women's 1000m (1:27.895) and six others in Canadian age group events.
   
In her free time, Valérie Maltais likes to cook and participate in inline skating. She competed at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto in the roller speed skating competitions

Valérie Maltais finished her college diploma in dietetics at the Collège Maisonneuve in Montreal and would like to pursue the same studies at university.

Facts: 

2015-2016
-Won a silver medal in the relay event at the World Championships
-Finished second in the 1000m overall World Cup ranking

2014-2015
-Finished fifth in the relay event at the World Championships
-Finished 7th in the 500m and in the 10,000 points races in roller speed skating at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto

2013-2014
-Won a silver medal in the relay event and finished sixth in the 1000m and 1500m at the Olympic Games
-Broke the 1000m Olympic Record at the 2014 Olympic Games with a time of 1:28.771 clocked in the heats (still the record holder)
-Won bronze medals in the 1000m and 3000m and finished fourth in the 1500m to take the third spot overall at the World Championsihps
-Named Female Short Track Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada
-Won the Partners of the Year Award at the 2014 Gala Sports-Québec with the Olympic Games Women Relay Team

2012-2013
-Won a silver medal in the relay event at the World Championships while finishing fourth in the 1500m
-Broke the 1000m Canadian Senior Female Record with a time of 1:27.895 clocked September 15, 2012, in Calgary (still the Canadian record)

2011-2012
-Won a gold medal in the 3000m and a bronze medal in the 1000m while finishing fourth in the relay event to take the second rank overall at the World Championships
-Broke the 1000m World Record with a time of 1:27.653. She was the record holder from October 19 to 21, 2012
-Named Female Short Track Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada

2010-2011
-Won a bronze medal in the relay event at the World Championships
-Won her first-ever individual World Cup medal (bronze in the 1500m at the World Cup #1)

2009-2010
-Competed at the 2010 Olympic Games and finished 14th in the 1500m
-Won a silver medal in the relay event at the World Championships

2008-2009
-Won a bronze medal in the relay event at her first-ever World Championships
-Competed in her first-ever World Cup (World Cup #1)
-Won a bronze medal in the 500m and a silver medal in the relay event at the World Junior Championships

2007-2008
-Won a gold medal in the relay event, silver in the 3000m, bronze in the 1000m and 500m at the 2007 Canada Winter Games

2006-2007
-Finished 7th overall at the World Junior Championships

2005-2006
-Finished 11th overall at the World Junior Championships
-Won the overall title at the Canadian Junior Championships

Results: 

2017-2018

Event500m1000m1500m3000mRelayOverall
World Cup #3 - Shanghai (CHN) 9
(5: 1/2)
4
(4: FA)
 4
(PEN: FA)
 
World Cup #2 - Dordrecht (NED) 5
(1: FB)
SILVER
(2: FA)
 BRONZE
(3: FA)
 
World Cup #1 -
Budapest (HUN)
 5
(1: FB)
5
(5: FA)
 SILVER
(2: FA)
 
2018 Short Track Team Selections4, 824, 1  4

2016-2017

Event500m1000m1500m3000mRelayOverall
National Rankings563  4
World Championships    5
(1: FB)
 
World Cup Rankings58519 3 
World Cup #6 - Minsk 11 (2)
(3: 1/4)
19
(PEN: 1/2)
 4
(4: FA)
 
World Cup #5 - Dresden (GER) BRONZE
(3: FA)
BRONZE (2)
(3: FA)
 BRONZE
(3: FA)
 
Canadian Senior Championships5734 4
World Cup #4 - Gangneung 7 (2)
(3: FB)
19
(7: 1/2)
 BRONZE
(3: FA)
 
World Cup #3 - Shanghai20
(fell: 1/4)
4
(4: FA)
  SILVER
(2: FA)
 
World Cup #2 - Salt Lake City 11
(PEN : 1/2)
13 (2)
(5 : 1/2)
 BRONZE
(3 : FA)
 
World Cup #1 - Calgary38 (1)
(PEN : heats)
6
(2 : FB)
  4
(4 : FA)
 
Fall World Cup Selections3, 54, 46, 5  4
2015-2016      

National Ranking

     2

World Championships

13
(4: 1/4)
13
(4: 1/4)
16
(6: 1/2)
 SILVER14

Final rankings
World Cups

3724 24

World Cup #6 - Dordrecht

 SILVER (2)
(2 : FA)
12
(PEN: FB)
 8
(PEN : 1/2)
 

World Cup #5 - Dresden

 6
(1: FB)
7 (2)
(PEN: FA)
 7
(PEN: 1/2)
 

Canadian Senior Championships

3274 2

World Cup #4 - Shanghai

 GOLD
(1 : FA)
SILVER (2)
(2 : FA)
 SILVER
(2 : FA)
 

World Cup #3 - Nagoya

9 (2)
(3: 1/4)
 4
(4: FA)
 BRONZE
(3: FA)
 

World Cup #2 - Toronto

 BRONZE
(3: A Final)
4
(4: A Final)
 4
(4: A Final)
 

World Cup #1 - Montreal

 10 (2)
(PEN: 1/2)
19
(PEN: 1/2)
 SILVER
(2: A Final)
 

Fall World Cup Selections

10, 95, 52, 2  3
2014-2015      

Final ranking: National

525  4

Final ranking: World Cups

 1311 3 

World Championships

    5
(3: 1/2)
 

World Cup #6 - Erzurum

 9
(out: 1/2)

8
(PEN: A final)

 BRONZE
(3: A final)
 

World Cup #5 - Dresden

  

7 (1)
(1: B final)

5 (2)
(5: A final)

 GOLD
(1: A final)
 

Canadian Senior Championships

6263 4

World Cup #2 - Montréal

 7
(3: B final)
12
(6: B final)
 4
(4: A final)
 

World Cup #1 - Salt Lake City

 BRONZE
(3: A final)
7
(1: B final)
 BRONZE
(3: A final)
 

Fall World Cups Selections

3, 31, 42, 2  2
2013-2014      

World Championships

9BRONZE4BRONZESILVER3

Olympic Games

966 SILVER 

WC - Final Rankings

1574 46

WC - 4 (Kolomna, RUS)

 42 4 

WC - 3 (Torino, ITA)

7179 4 

WC - 2 (Seoul, KOR)

 63 BRONZE 

WC - 1 (Shanghai, CHN)

161710 4 

Olympic Trials

4, 1, 12, 1, 13, 1, 1  1
2012-2013      
World Championships8124 SILVER9
WC - Final Rankings1879 SILVER 
WC - 6 175 SILVER 
WC - 5 97 SILVER 
Can. Open Champ.24   5
WC - 4 719 4 
WC - 3 65 5 
WC - 2 15 SILVER 
WC - 144  4 
Fall Selections1, 14, 11, 1  1
2011-2012      
World Championships7BRONZE13GOLD42
WC - Final Rankings15395 5 
WC - 64 4 8 
WC - 5  3 and 9 4 
Can. Open Champ.1121 1
WC - 2 94 2 
WC - 1  2 4 
Fall Selections212  2
2010-2011             
World Championships    BRONZE 
WC - Final Rankings642413 2 
WC - 6 620 BRONZE 
WC - 2 84 SILVER 
WC - 116 1st: 3 BRONZE 
Fall Selections231 1 
2009-2010        
World Championships    SILVER 
Olympic Games  14   
WC - Final Rankings 4212 4 
WC - 4  5 BRONZE 
WC - 3  11 BRONZE 
WC - 2 18  BRONZE 
WC - 1  18 BRONZE 
Fall Selections231  2
Olympic Selections543  5

 

Event500 m1000 m1500 m3000 mRelayOverall
2008-09      
WC-1  1st: 8; 2nd: 7 3 
WC-2 2nd: 1010 3 
WC Rank 4116   
World Champ.142111 313
World Jrs396S1500: 526
Cdn Open351  3
Cdn Jrs211S1500: 4 2
Cdn Rank     3
2007-08      
Cdn Open611730 9
Cdn Jrs324S1500: 1 3
Cdn Rank     12
2006-07      
World Jrs1866  7
Cdn Open625  4
Cdn Rank     8
2005-06      
World Jrs9711 411
Cdn Jrs 11  1
Cdn Rank     15