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Flavio Gross

Switzerland

SportSpeed Skating
NOCSwitzerland
Born02 Feb 2002
GenderMen
LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Italian
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.02 20 Jan 2019 St. Moritz  
    1000m 1:18.34 26 Oct 2018 Inzell  
    1500m 1:51.72 10 Oct 2021 Inzell  
    5000m 6:48.57 30 Oct 2021 Inzell  
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/grossflavio/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe was encouraged by his father to try roller skating. Later he was inspired to try ice speed skating by his idol, Swiss speed skater Livio Wenger. His parents gifted him his first speed skating training session for his 10th birthday.  
Club / TeamEislauf-Club Zurich: Switzerland  
Name of coachKalon Dobbin [national], NZL  
Training RegimeHe trains regularly in Inzell, Germany.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up roller skating at age four, and began training in speed skating at age 10 in Basel, Switzerland.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn mid-2020 he dislocated his shoulder while swimming. He needed surgery and returned to full training in November 2020. (bazonline.ch, 02 Feb 2021)

In 2019 he suffered a lower leg fracture while competing in roller speed skating in Liechtenstein. He required a metal plate inserted into his leg. (bazonline.ch, 02 Feb 2021; Instagram profile, 17 May 2019)

He was affected by encephalitis [inflammation of the brain] and meningitis at a young age after receiving a tick bite. (bazonline.ch, 02 Feb 2021)
 
Hero / IdolSwiss speed skater Livio Wenger. (bazonline.ch, 02 Feb 2021)  
Other sportsHe has represented Switzerland in roller speed skating, placing 128th in the road marathon at the 2018 World Championships in Arnhem, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Oct 2018)  
Famous relativesHis younger brother Leandro has competed as part of the Swiss junior roller speed skating team. (rollsport.ch, 29 Sep 2016)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the Olympic Winter Games, and to become a world champion in roller speed skating. (baselland.ch, 07 Mar 2018; bazonline.ch, 02 Feb 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." (sporthilfe.ch, 2017)  
Other informationDUAL DEMANDS
He has competed in both speed skating and inline skating, and believes switching between the two sports requires versatility. "Although the movements look similar, the technical demands are different so you must train differently. Switching between the two sports is not easy. As a young athlete, I see it as an advantage that I came into contact with both sports at an early age and can learn to change from one sport to another more quickly." (baselland.ch, 07 Mar 2018)
 
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