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Alexandra Ianculescu


SportSpeed Skating
Born21 Oct 1991 in  Sibiu
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Romanian
Higher educationUniversity of Calgary: Canada
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.80 28 Dec 2013 Calgary  
    1000m 1:16.75 26 Oct 2014 Calgary  
    1500m 2:00.77 02 Jan 2014 Calgary  
    3000m 4:32.05 21 Nov 2009 Calgary  
    5000m 8:51.02 05 Dec 2010 Quebec  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachGregg Planert [personal], CAN, from 2013  
When and where did you begin this sport?She initially tried short track at age 10 in Toronto, ON, Canada, with the Cyclones Short Track Club. She began speed skating in 2008 in Calgary, AB, Canada.  
Club / TeamMarkham Speed Skating Club [CAN] / Miercurea Ciuc Club [ROU]:  
Reason for choosing this sportHer mother Sandra was part of the Romanian national skating team. "She insisted I try the sport when we moved to Canada. I have loved it ever since."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer mother, and coach Gregg Planert. (Athlete, 26 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolJapanese speed skater Tomomi Okazaki. (Athlete, 26 Jan 2017)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (, 19 Jul 2017)  
HobbiesPainting, cooking, cycling, tennis, skiing, playing the guitar. (, 12 Sep 2017)  
Other sportsShe was the Romanian national champion in roller speed skating in 2007 and 2008. (, 12 Sep 2017)  
Famous relativesHer mother Sanda competed in speed skating and was the 1986 female overall national champion in Romania. (, 12 Sep 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementQualifying for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Instagram profile, 24 Jan 2018)  
NicknamesAlex (Twitter profile, 28 Nov 2016)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Raise the bar in training every day, so when you race it becomes second nature." (Athlete, 26 Jan 2017)  
Other informationTIME IN CANADA
Born in Romania, in 2001 she and her family moved to Toronto, ON, Canada. Growing up she skated for Romania at junior level, but in 2008 she was accepted into the Olympic Oval Programme in Calgary, Alberta, and began representing Canada. Having raced at World Cup events for the Canadian national team, in 2016 she decided to switch nationalities for a second time and return to the colours of Romania in order to improve her chances of competing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I got my official release from Canada and will be following my dreams for my homeland of Romania. I had to step back, and look at the big picture and for me to achieve my goals and to be the best athlete I can become, there was no other way." (, 12 Sep 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Nov 2016)

She was away from the sport for three months in late 2015 after suffering from burn out following a period of over training. (Athlete, 26 Jan 2017)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall18  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall27  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m36  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m45  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m57  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m58