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Saskia Alusalu

Speed Skating EST

Saskia Alusalu

Saskia Alusalu
  • Birth date 4/14/1994
  • Birthplace Jogeva
  • Residence Adavere
  • Height/Weight 5'9"/ 141 lbs

Biography

  • Residence
  • Adavere, EST
  • Higher education
  • Coaching - Tallinn University: Estonia
  • Hobbies
  • Playing the violin, playing football, reading. (kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)
  • Injuries
  • She suffered cuts to her chest and thigh following an accident in the mass start at the 2014 World Cup event in Inzell, Germany. She did not compete again that season. (goodnews.ee, 09 Jul 2014)

    She broke her ankle in 2011 and was out of action for three months. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Memorable sporting achievement
  • Placing 10th in the mass start at the 2015 World Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Why this sport?
  • She began skating because she thought it was fun and would often spend time with her friends on skates. "I do it because I like it and it makes me happy. My goal is to get the best out of me."
  • Most influential person in career
  • Her parents. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Estonian wrestler Kristjan Palusalu. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
  • Ambitions
  • To compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (goodnews.ee, 28 Jul 2015)
  • Name of coach
  • Tristan Loy, FRA
  • Training Regime
  • She spends the majority of her training time in Inzell, Germany.
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She took up speed skating at age 12 in Adavere, Estonia. In 2011 she began taking the sport seriously and started training full-time in Inzell, Germany.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • English, Estonian
  • Nicknames
  • Sassu (kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Do what you like and what you enjoy. Get the best out of yourself." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
  • Other information
  • NATIONAL FIRSTS
    She is due to become the first female speed skater to represent Estonia at the Olympic Winter Games when she competes at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. In 2013 she became the first speed skater to represent Estonia at a World Cup event. Other Estonian athletes had previously participated in the competition but skated for the Soviet Union. (isu.org, 22 Dec 2017; kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)

    HIGHER EDUCATION
    She has also studied coaching at the University of Tallinn in Estonia. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
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