Athlete Profile - Saskia ALUSALU

Saskia ALUSALU
Birth Date:  14 Apr 1994
Age:  23
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  176
Weight (Kg):  64

Events and Medals

Event Rank
Ladies' Mass Start  

Saskia ALUSALU - Schedule

Schedule
Start Time Event Status
Sat, 24 Feb 20:15
Ladies' Mass Start Semifinal 2

Biographical Information

Highlights World Single Distances Championships
YearLocationMS 16 laps
2016Kolomna, RUS21st (0)
2015Heerenveen, NED10th (1)

World Allround Championships
YearLocationSmall Combination
2017Hamar, NOR23rd (125.851)

World Cup Rankings overview - All rankings from 2014/2015, top three for earlier seasons
YearOverall1,500m3,000/5,000mMS 16 laps
2017/201842443713
2016/2017---28
2015/2016---30
2014/2015--4226

World Cup overview - Best rank per season and event since 2014/2015
YearMS 16 laps
2017/20181 x 4th
2016/20171 x 16th
2015/20161 x 19th
2014/20151 x 17th

World Cup - Ten best performances in current season
RankYearEventLocationResult
42017/2018Mass StartCalgary, AB, CAN
142017/2018Mass StartSalt Lake City, UT, USA0
292017/2018Mass StartHeerenveen, NED

European Single Distances Championships
YearLocation1,500m3,000mMS 16 laps
2018Kolomna, RUS19th (2:03.11)12th (4:14.61)11th (0)

European Allround Championships
YearLocationSmall Combination
2017Heerenveen, NED16th (128.261)
2016Minsk, BLR17th (129.637)
2015Chelyabinsk, RUS17th (129.129)


Legend
MS - Mass Start, TSP - Team Sprint, MC - Mini Combination, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified
Nickname Sassu (kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)
Hobbies Playing the violin, playing football, reading. (kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)
Occupation Athlete
Education Coaching - Tallinn University, Estonia
Languages spoken English, Estonian
Coach Tristan Loy, FRA (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
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)
Start 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. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017; kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)
Reason She began skating because she thought it was fun and would often spend time with her friends on skates. "There was a running track at school and one of the kids started making ice so we could just skate. The goal was to be the fastest. We'd hang out after school but we would be wearing hockey or figure skates. No one had speed skates. Then this guy showed up in speed skates and he was so much faster than us. We tried speed skates, got a training group together but we didn't know anything about technique or coaching." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017; OIS, 21 Feb 2018)
Ambition To compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (goodnews.ee, 28 Jul 2015)
Training She spends the majority of her training time in Inzell, Germany. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
Memorable Achievement Placing 10th in the mass start at the 2015 World Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
Hero Estonian wrestler Kristjan Palusalu. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
Influence Her parents. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
Philosophy "Do what you like and what you enjoy. Get the best out of yourself." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)
Awards She was selected as Estonia's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (sport.err.ee, 07 Feb 2018)
Additional information General
NATIONAL FIRSTS
She became the first female speed skater to represent Estonia at the Olympic Winter Games when she participated 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. (OIS, 21 Feb 2018; 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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Legend

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: Gold
: Silver
: Bronze
: Gold Medal Event
: Bronze Medal Event
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