Developing Explosive Power with Olympic Silver Medal Speed Skater Laurent Dubreuil

In this week’s episode of Healthspan Academy, I chatted with Olympic Silver Medalist Laurent Dupreuil. We talked about Laurent’s athletics environment growing up, his training and recovery practices, and his nutrition strategy for optimizing performance. Laurent also talked about how he has fine-tuned and improved his training practices over the years to become one of the top skating athletes in the world. 

Laurent Dubreuil, the current world champion in the 500m, continues to dominate on the international stage and has become Canada’s most successful sprinter in the last decade. He was named the Speed Skating Canada’s long track Rising Star in 2011 and received the Jeremy Wotherspoon Award for Male Long Track Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2021.

The son of Canadian long track Olympians Robert Dubreuil and Ariane Loignon, Laurent had early success, running in three World Junior Championships from 2010 to 2012 and winning four medals, including 500m gold in 2012. He finished on the podium five times for Team Quebec in the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

The Lévis native made his World Cup debut during the 2011-2012 season and has since won a remarkable 29 medals. Despite only skating a few times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dubreuil finished his 2020-2021 season with four World Cup medals and two podium positions at the World Championships, including gold in the 500m. He became only the second Canadian male to win the 500m world title, following three-time winner Jeremy Wotherspoon. In addition, he made history by winning silver at the 2020 World Sprint Championships, becoming one of only four Canadians to reach the men’s podium in the event’s 50-year history.

You can find more about Laurent Dubreuil on his Instagram @laurent_dubreuil

*** Please note that the content discussed in this podcast is intended for self-education and is not to be interpreted as medical advice.