Arguably the best female canoer in the world, Laurence Vincent Lapointe’s Olympic dream began as an eight-year-old watching synchronized swimming on TV from Sydney 2000. She did that sport for several years before switching to canoe and since then has always hoped to see women’s canoe added to the Olympic program. After that addition became official in June 2017, her Olympic dream gained new momentum. She experienced her first multi-sport competition at TORONTO 2015 (where canoe events for women made their Pan American Games debuts) and won C-1 200m gold.

Vincent Lapointe first made her name on the international scene in 2010 when she won a pair of gold medals in the C-1 200m and C-2 500m at the ICF World Championships. She repeated those results at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships. Also in 2013, she became the first-ever U-23 world champion in the C-1 200m. In 2014, she won her fourth straight world title in the C-1 200m in world record time of 46.419 seconds. Vincent Lapointe returned to the top of the world championship podium in 2017, winning C-1 200m gold and C-2 500m gold with Katie Vincent. At the first World Cup of the 2018 season, Vincent Lapointe set another C-1 200m world record with a time of 44.504. She and Vincent also put their names on the C-2 500m world record with a time of 1:53.513. Vincent Lapointe capped the year by winning her sixth world title in the C-1 200m and fifth world title in the C-2 500m.

A Little More About Laurence

Getting into the Sport: Started canoeing at age 12 as a summer activity with friends… Had a lot of initial trouble keeping her balance but did not give up and after two years finally managed to stay in the boat… With improvement was able to appreciate the speed and power of canoeing… Outside Interests: Graduated from Université de Montréal (Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences) and would like to attend medical school for her post-paddling career… Enjoys reading, doing puzzles, swimming, and travelling… Odds and Ends: Role model is two-time Olympic canoer Dave Frost who helped her get into the sport… Collects presents and souvenirs for family and friends during her travels…