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Leia Behlau

Germany

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSGER21204199601
NOCGermany
Born12 Apr 1996 in  Unna
GenderWomen
ResidenceInzell, GER
OccupationPolice Athlete
LanguagesEnglish, German
Higher educationInternational Management - Ansbach University of Applied Sciences: Germany
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.52 25 Feb 2022 Inzell  
    1000m 1:17.63 04 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:56.17 12 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    3000m 4:06.18 03 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:29.49 13 Dec 2015 Inzell  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/LeiaMarieBehlau  
twitter.com/LeiaMarieBehlau  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
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."  
Name of coachMichael Restner [personal], GER  
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.  
Training RegimeShe trains at the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell, Germany.  
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. (sportgymnasium-erfurt.de, 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. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jan 2021; speedskatingresults.com, 02 Nov 2014; derwesten.de, 10 Jan 2012)  
Other informationBREAK AND RETURN
In early 2020 she returned to speed skating after a 20-month break from competition. "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 [speaking in 2020] and motivates me to keep working on it." (sueddeutsche.de, 04 Mar 2022; Facebook page, 17 Jan 2021, 11 Jan 2021; traunsteiner-tagblatt.de, 13 Jan 2021; Instagram profile, 25 Oct 2020)

POLICE ATHLETE
In 2021 she joined the elite sports programme of the Bavarian Police in Germany. She was previously part of the sports group at the Bundeswehr [the German armed forces] between 2015 and 2018. (sueddeutsche.de, 04 Mar 2022)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"It never gets easier, you just get stronger." (Athlete, 07 Feb 2021)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (sueddeutsche.de, 04 Mar 2022)  
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)  
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  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup 3000/5000m35  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m41