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Vincent De Haitre, who was named the Male Athlete of the Year, had an even better excuse – he was on his way to Korea for the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

What the 23-year-old has already accomplished in speed skating is remarkable. Last year, he was named Speed Skating Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year in long track. A silver-medal performance in the 1000m at the ISU World Single Distance Championships was paired with a second-place finish at the World Cup final. De Haitre, already a two-time Olympian, also anchored Canada’s men’s sprint team to a new world record and a gold medal at the world championships.

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One has dreams of a career as a naval officer, the other has dreams of Olympic gold.

Brothers Rene and Vincent De Haître represent Canada in their own unique ways, yet they also offer strong support to each other as they pursue their individual goals, even if they are a world apart.

Vincent, a world class long track speed skater, will compete in the PyeongChang Olympic Games next month in both the 1,500 and 1,000-metre races on February 13 and 23 respectively, and Rene hopes to graduate from the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in St. Jean, Que, on February 22.

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If Vincent de Haitre starts obsessing about the upcoming Winter Olympics, the speed skater says he'll break out the game Jenga or one of the many Rocky movies.

The 23-year-old from Cumberland, Ont., locked down his Olympic berth in the men's 1,000 metres by winning it Monday at long track trials.

De Haitre is a medal contender in both that distance and the men's 1,500 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.

He was a silver medallist in the 1,000 metres and finished fourth in the 1,500 at the 2017 world single distance championship.

With a month to go before the opening ceremonies, de Haitre has a strategy for managing time when he isn't training.

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L’un rêve de faire carrière comme officier de la marine, l’autre, d’obtenir une médaille d’or olympique.

Les frères René et Vincent De Haître représentent le Canada chacun à leur manière, se soutenant mutuellement dans l’atteinte de leurs buts individuels même s’ils sont à des milliers de kilomètres l’un de l’autre.

Vincent, un patineur de vitesse sur longue piste de calibre mondial, participera aux épreuves du 1 500 et du 1 000 mètres les 13 et 23 février prochains, respectivement, dans le cadre des Jeux olympiques de 2018 à Pyeongchang, tandis que René espère obtenir son diplôme de l’École de leadership et de recrues des Forces canadiennes à Saint-Jean, au Québec, le 22 février.

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For the second straight stage this World Cup season, Canada won gold and set a new world record time in the men's team sprint, as Gilmore Junio (Calgary, AB), Alex Boisvert-Lacroix (Sherbrooke, QC), and Vincent De Haître (Cumberland, ON) skated to victory in 1:19.52, ahead of Norway (1:19.84) and the United States (1:20.58). 

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