Florence Brunelle, who just recently carved out a place for himself on the national team short track speed skating rider returns from Halifax where she attended her first official camp as a full member.
Remember that the Trifluvienne has carved out a job less than a year after winning a total of four medals at the Youth Olympic Games and the Junior World Championships. She said she was happy to have been able to put on the skates in the company of her new teammates.
“It went very well !, she says. It had been a while since we last had ice training and it was very pleasant to skate. I had been training with them since July, so it’s nothing very new. Now that I’m officially in the team, we can see things in the longer term and create goals together. ”
The young skater says she is also blessed to be able to count on teammates like Kim Boutin, who is among the best in the world in the discipline. “I learn a lot from them, especially in their habits and their training. These are examples to follow and not just on the ice. All they do is achieve their goals and I want to imbibe that. ”
However, there is no question of rushing anything for the Olympic hope who admits to being in the process of learning.
“I’m still very young and I’m still getting to know myself. Physically, things are going very well, but technically and tactically, I have to learn even more. I take all the advice that passes and I move slowly towards my goals. ”
A profitable decision
In 2017, Florence Brunelle left the family home for the first time in order to continue her path towards elite sport. But contrary to what one might deduce, it was first in soccer that she tried her luck.
After a full year of training at the Center national de high performance de soccer de Laval, she decided to return to skating full time. Then, knee surgery delayed her transition for another five months. In February 2019, Brunelle was finally back, determined to achieve her goals.
A month later, she won all the junior Canadian titles (500m, 1000m and 1500m) at the national selections held in Sherbrooke. Her success then allowed her to participate in the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she won bronze in the 1000m and 500m last January.
She finally ended a good year by winning silver twice, in the 1,500m and 500m, in Bormio, Italy, as part of the World Junior Championships. All against rivals up to three years older than her.
“It went very quickly,” she confessed. It was really towards the skate that I wanted to turn and there is no doubt that it was the right decision. ”
Even if success sticks to her skin, the Quebecer makes a point of never getting too carried away.
“Throughout the past year, I’ve been going there on a day-to-day basis. Of course I’ve been on a cloud from time to time, but every day I remember why I’m doing this, if what I’m doing today allows me to get closer to my goals ”, adds she does.
Words showing great maturity for the one who will blow 17 candles on December 20. “I left the house quite early, so I had to mature faster on some points. On the other hand, if you ask my parents, they will tell you that I am still a 16 year old teenager on several points, ”she says with a touch of humor.
“I couldn’t have done it without my parents, my coaches and all the people around me.”
Over the next few weeks, La Trifluvienne will be enjoying a well-deserved holiday break. She will then continue her preparation for the only remaining competition on the international calendar, the World Championships in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, scheduled for March 5-7.