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Artur Was

Poland

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSPOL12703198601
NOCPoland
Born27 Mar 1986 in  Warsaw
GenderMen
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, German, Polish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.42 22 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:09.21 28 Jan 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 1:52.58 28 Oct 2006 Berlin  
    5000m 7:38.58 27 Feb 2005 Sanok  
    10000m 18:08.83 25 Jan 2004 Warsaw  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/wasartur/  
twitter.com/ArturWas  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe was a spectator at the 1997 World Single Distance Championships in Warsaw, Poland. He enjoyed the atmosphere at the event and decided he would like to try the sport for himself.  
Club / TeamLegia Warszawa: Poland  
Name of coachBartosz Pisarek [club]  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 1997 in Warsaw, Poland.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationDIFFICULT TIMES
Following the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, he moved to Milwaukee, WI, United States of America. Although he continued to skate occasionally, he began to lose enthusiasm for the sport. He went through a difficult period in his life before returning to full-time skating in 2010. "I had too many plans and could not focus on any of them. At the end of that period I caught myself broke, depressed and drinking beer at 10:00 in a dark basement. I did meet a lot of amazing people that helped and inspired me to dream big. I guess you could call it a purpose redefining time in my life." (doandroidsdance.com, 15 Feb 2014; Athlete, 04 Dec 2011)

DRUM AND BASS
He is a drum and bass fan and has produced the genre of music under the name Voima. "I forget myself, forget about my problems and practise concentration and being in the zone." (doandroidsdance.com, 15 Feb 2014)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Become the best athlete you can be." (Athlete, 14 Dec 2012)  
InjuriesHis performances during the 2012/13 season were affected by a back injury. (sportowefakty.pl, 26 Mar 2013)  
NicknamesWasiu, Lubi Lubricatio, Pan Toster (kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 28 Jan 2012)  
HobbiesPhotography, cinematography, music. (Facebook page, 03 Jun 2017)  
Hero / IdolCanadian speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon. (arturwas.pl, 21 Apr 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m5  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m7  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m9  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m11  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m12  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m13  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m14  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall14  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall23  
    2006/2007 World Sprint Championships Overall27  
    2006 Olympic Games 2 x 500m32  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall34  
    2005/2006 World Sprint Championships Overall35  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m6  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m11  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m11  
    2005/2006 World Cup 100m12  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m14  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m16  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m16  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall17  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall21  
    2006/2007 World Cup 100m27  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall28  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m33  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall39  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m39  
    2007/2008 World Cup 100m42  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m44  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m45  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall47  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall51  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m52  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m59