Sprint kayak | Lawrence Vincent Lapointe retired

The 29-year-old former canoe was clearly smiling and relaxed. His entry into a physical therapy program at the beginning of the year only confirmed a “thoughtful” decision. “Love it!”, the student fired.

Updated yesterday at 7:25 PM.

Simon Darwin

Simon Darwin
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Presenting the World Championships in Canada, in Halifax, from August 3-7, wasn’t enough to convince Lawrence Vincent Lapointe to extend his career for another year. Nothing more than extraordinary proximity to the Paris Olympics, considering the one-year postponement of those in Tokyo.

“I don’t get bored of training,” she said. I don’t miss performing, going into the water and giving me everything I have until the point where I want to vomit sometimes. »

She won two medals in the Tokyo Olympic Basin last summer. She won silver in the C1 200m and bronze in the C2 500m with Ontario partner Katie Vincent.

I accomplished what I had to do. After that, there was a kind of emotional and mental exhaustion. I gave myself time to think about it [à mon avenir] With a clear head.

Lawrence Vincent Lapointe

She does not hide it: her positive test for ligandrol, in the summer of 2019, of which she was subsequently acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, is “one of the big reasons” she is convinced of the correctness of his decision. The public saga that followed was a real ordeal for the athlete, his parents and those close to him.

Until then, she had been toying with the idea of ​​going to Paris in 2024. “The two years before the games it hurt me a lot, a lot emotionally and mentally. I needed a lot of help from the people around me. They were great, but now I’m tired of what happened and I Ready to move on.”

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To this day, Vincent La Pointe still retains the effects of this trauma. For example, she never allowed herself to meet a new partner. Her ex-husband had polluted her without her knowledge, and she was able to demonstrate before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, particularly thanks to the scientific expertise related to her hair.

“I did not allow myself the slightest encounter. This paranoia is not healthy. [La retraite sportive] It would allow me to stop always looking behind my shoulder, to always be afraid that something might happen to me, be it physical, mental, or any other pollution. I thought about it for a long time and it would be good if I didn’t have this constant stress. »

Despite this painful episode, she did not hesitate to start over.

I have no regrets and I am happy with what I have achieved. But I’ve moved on to something else now.

Lawrence Vincent Lapointe

The athlete from Trois-Rivieres was a pioneer in a field that had always been the domain of men. Prior to the Olympic podiums, the only Quebec representative to do so in Tokyo, she won no fewer than 12 world titles, as well as a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games.

“I feel a little sad to leave a world that has given me such beautiful things. I also have a little prick in my heart to know that I will no longer have a chance to live all these adventures with my teammates, my teammates and my whole team. And I won’t go to the water anymore to feel what I am capable of. . »

As in the appeal process, Kanoe Kayak Canada has supported her as she contemplates her future. The federation even invited her to try an individual qualification for the season, ensuring her a place on the team boats. On reflection, she felt it was unfair to appear in a suboptimal state and likely take the position of her better trained colleagues.

Vincent Lapointe gave his name to volunteer at Worlds in Halifax. In the long run, she cherishes the “dream” of accompanying an Olympic team as a physical therapist.

“I have had so much support for my Olympics that I would like to be able to give that support to other athletes one day. She will have a lot to say.

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