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Leia Behlau


SportSpeed Skating
Born12 Apr 1996 in  Unna
FamilyPartner Fabian Gratz
ResidenceInzell, GER
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, German
Higher educationInternational Management - Ansbach University of Applied Sciences: Germany
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.27 23 Jul 2016 Inzell  
    1000m 1:20.22 28 Feb 2015 Calgary  
    1500m 1:59.96 08 Mar 2015 Calgary  
    3000m 4:12.38 07 Mar 2015 Calgary  
    5000m 7:29.49 13 Dec 2015 Inzell  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating in 2003 at age seven at the Mohnesee Ice Skating Club [SCM] in Echtrop, Germany.  
Name of coachAndreas Kraus [club], GER; Michael Restner [club], GER  
Reason for choosing this sport"I saw some speed skaters skating in circles around me while I was attending a beginners' lesson for ice skating, and wanted to try speed skating because it looked very impressive to me."  
Club / TeamDEC Inzell: Germany  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsShe has competed in roller speed skating at national level and finished fourth at the 2014 German Championships in Bielefeld. (, 15 Sep 2014)  
Famous relativesHer father Thorsten has worked as a speed skating coach. Her younger brother Nils has competed in the sport at Junior World Cup events. Her partner Fabian Gratz has competed for Germany in alpine skiing. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jan 2021;, 02 Nov 2014;, 10 Jan 2012)  
Other informationBREAK AND RETURN
In 2020 she returned to speed skating after taking a 20-month break from the sport. "I was in contact with [coach] Michi Restner and a conversation emerged from it, and in the end we decided that I would put my skates on again. After a 20-month break from competitions and no ice training in the 2019/20 season, I started again. The 'ice feeling' that I lost before my break is slowly coming back and motivates me to keep working on it." (Facebook page, 17 Jan 2021, 11 Jan 2021;, 13 Jan 2021; Instagram profile, 25 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in careerHer father. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021)  
Hero / IdolHer grandparents. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021)  
HobbiesCross-country skiing, ski mountaineering, hiking, road cycling, mountain biking, running, fashion, photography, animals. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementSkating under two minutes in the 1500m at the 2015 World Allround Championships in Calgary, AB, Canada. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"It never gets easier, you just get stronger." (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit5  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 3000m9  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1500m10  
    2021/2022 World Allround Championships Allround15  
    2015/2016 European Championships Allround16  
    2020/2021 European Allround Championships Allround18  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround22