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Vishwaraj Rajendrasinh Jadeja

India

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSIND10410198501
NOCIndia
Born04 Oct 1985 in  Ahmedabad
GenderMen
ResidenceUtrecht, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Gujarati, Hindi
Higher educationComputer Science - University of Copenhagen: Denmark
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.11 20 Mar 2014 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:20.06 26 Jul 2014 Inzell  
    1500m 1:57.90 20 Nov 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:25.16 04 Sep 2021 Heerenveen  
    10000m 15:13.14 25 Mar 2014 Heerenveen  
Social Media
Social Media
www.vishwaraj.com/  
www.facebook.com/vishwaraj.professional.athlete/  
twitter.com/wishwaraj_vish  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachWim Nieuwenhuizen, NED  
Training RegimeHe for five hours each day, seven days a week, for 11 months of the year in the Netherlands. During the summer months, his land training includes cycling 5000 kilometres from May to mid-September.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He initially took up inline skating at age four and competed in the sport during his youth, winning multiple state titles in India. He tried skating on ice for the first time in 2008 while studying in Denmark, and took part in his first race in Sweden the same year. "My first race on ice for long track speed skating was in Sweden in December 2008."  
Club / TeamSchaatsteam Wim Nieuwenhuizen : Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sportHe grew up in a sport-oriented family and dreamed of competing at the Olympic Games in inline skating. He decided to switch to speed skating after inline skating failed to make it onto the Olympic programme. "Coming from a family of athletes, my love for sports is quite natural. As roller skating did not make it to the Olympics, as an athlete you have to do something to make your dreams come true. So I moved to Europe, I moved there and looked for a coach to achieve this goal.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis father, Rajendrasinh Jadeja, who was a roller hockey player and inline speed skater. (vishwaraj.com, 01 Dec 2016)  
AmbitionsTo be the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (vishwaraj.com, 01 Dec 2016)  
Awards and honoursHis inline speed skating achievements during the 2004/05 season saw him receive the Sardar Patel Award, one of the highest honours given to athletes by the government of the Indian state of Gujarat. (vishwaraj.com, 01 Dec 2016)  
InjuriesDuring the 2010/11 season he suffered from a hernia which affected his training. He recovered by January 2011. (schaatsteamwimn.nl, 01 Apr 2017)

During the early years of his inline skating career in India, he crashed while training on his bicycle and suffered injuries that kept him away from the sport for a year. (chaaipani.com, 09 Aug 2016)
 
Other sportsHe competed in inline skating at national level in India, and in 2007 he was assistant captain of the Indian team that took part in the 12th Asian Roller Hockey Championship in Kolkata, India. (vishwaraj.com, 01 Dec 2016)  
Famous relativesHis grandfather played field hockey in India at state level. His father, Rajendrasinh Jadeja, was a roller hockey player and an inline speed skater in India, who was national champion on three occasions. He has also been a roller skating coach since 1995, running an academy in India that coaches 1500 children annually. His aunt Krishna Jadeja has also competed in inline speed skating. (vishwaraj.com, 01 Dec 2016; chaaipani.com, 09 Aug 2016)  
NicknamesVish (chaaipani.com, 09 Aug 2016)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't repeat history. Create history." (Instagram profile, 21 Oct 2017)  
Other informationFROM INDIA TO DENMARK AND THE NETHERLANDS
After realising he would not make it to the Olympic Games in inline skating, he initially followed his parents' wishes and began studying electrical engineering in India. But he could not let go of his dream of representing India at Olympic level, so he decided to switch to ice speed skating. He persuaded his parents to help him move to Denmark where he could study computer sciences, and tried skating on ice for the first time at a race in Sweden in 2008, on borrowed skates. "I didn't live in the Netherlands when I moved out [from India]. I started with my studies in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008. I used to deliver newspapers, just to get used to the cold. I wanted to become an Olympian. My family wasn't happy with my decision. My actual dream was never to be an engineer, but to prove that I am the best at skating. The only way to do that was to switch to ice skating and represent India at the Olympics." Not long after taking up ice skating, he met a journalist who put him in touch with Dutch coach Wim Nieuwenhuizen, and soon after he ended his studies in Denmark and moved to the Netherlands. "It wasn't that I didn't like studies, but I chose to be a good athlete instead of a bad engineer. I dropped out again." (milaap.org, 14 Sep 2015; sg.news.yahoo.com, 16 Feb 2015; chaaipani.com, 09 Aug 2016)
 
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