speedboat and kayak | A new season and a new role for Adrien Langlois

29-year-old kayaker Adrien Langlois describes herself as “the grandmother of the national team”. A role she welcomed with open arms and spoke of with a smile to start an Olympics with a renewed Canadian squad.

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Quebec is one of the few Olympians on the team present at the first World Cup of the season, in Ratchez, Czech Republic.

“I’m used to ! They (her teammates) are younger and doing TikTok. I’m trying to follow the wave! Angeloa joked in an interview with Sportcom on the eve of the qualifiers.

“Now I’m the one in charge of the key (to the room). Before, it wasn’t me, because I risked losing it! It’s such a big responsibility for me! At the same time, if I was twenty-nine years old, I couldn’t keep a key, things wouldn’t work out for me!” Okay “.

When she arrived with the national team in 2009, certified Trifluvienne had the backing of Emilie Fornell and was able to follow in her footsteps. It’s the same kind of influence she wants with her new co-workers.

“Without her, I wouldn’t be the same athlete or person I am today,” admits Adrien Langlois. I try to give back to the youngest of them, to give them tips and advice. I’m not perfect, but I want to give my positives to the next generation. »

Adrien Langlois, Olympic Olympian in Rio and Tokyo, believes that her experience can help those around her. She talks about her young assistants with pride and does everything in her power to make them successful.

Priority for studies

The weeks after the Olympics are often synonymous with athletes’ thinking. One life goal has been checked and it’s time to get back to work for a new Olympic cycle, or rather to turn the page.

In the past, Adrien Langlois directed her energies primarily into kayaking and training. She claims that she realized that life had a lot to offer her and that it was important to have different attachment points. It is for this reason that she focused on her studies in nursing at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières. A decision forced her to spend less time with the rest of the team.

I will not hide that there were tears from interrogation every two weeks. I didn’t know if I would be fast enough (in the Canadian trials). In the end, I’m happy with my performance. »

Pierre-Luc Paulin also focused his schedule on his courses at HEC Montreal.

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Kicker Pierre Luc Paulin

“I spent more time on my hand with a pencil than with a paddle,” explains the kayaker, who wanted to take a break on his return from Japan. However, there was no doubt that he would make a second Olympic appearance in Paris.

“In life, I always wanted to go to the games and once behind me, I gathered myself for training for reasons that are still unknown to me. I love being on the water and I love what I do. We are building for the future and we keep moving forward.”

With this in mind, Bolin made some changes to his technique and shortened his paddle to perform better at the end of the stroke, which he saw as one of his drawbacks. After several weeks of training, the World Cup Racing will aim to better position the quadruple he is a part of on the international stage.

“It will determine where we go to for the World Championships. We have to be proud to be by the side of every teammate and that is clear. It has always been my philosophy.”

On Friday, Pierre-Luc Paulin, Laurent Lavigne, Nichols Matvev and Simon McTavish qualified for the final of the K4 500m Championship.

Andre Langlois, Natalie Davison, Riley Melanson and Toshka Bishara did the same in the women’s portion of the same event.

Pauline, Lavigne and Langlois will also race the K2500 metres.

“The Real Deal”

If Langlois and Pauline plan to draw on their experience to guide their 2022 campaign, Alex Blomtoux plans to fill that experience throughout the summer.

The Lac-Bauporte canoeist is taking part in his first World Cup this weekend. He is also still eligible for the U-23 World Championships and aims for a second entry at the adult worlds.

“You don’t always realize it, but those who are going fast have been competing for a long time, know the pools and race in different situations. It is important to have experience and I am happy to start the season in the World Cup.”

Preparation was not easy for the 21-year-old athlete. Training with the national team was tough and he struggled to find his rhythm, but the gains were noticeable, he said.

“The margin for error is never great in rowing. There are always things that can be changed or improved. C-2 requires adaptation and coordination.”

Alix Plomteux will be on the starting line for the B final of the C2 500m on Saturday, along with Tyler Laidlaw, with whom he won the National Trials this spring. He will also race the C2500 mixed race with Sofia Jensen on Saturday, the event in which he was crowned the U-23 world champion last summer.

Jensen will also be one to watch in the C2500m and C1 200m.

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