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Saskia Alusalu

Estonia

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSEST21404199401
NOCEstonia
Born14 Apr 1994 in  Jogeva
GenderWomen
ResidenceAdavere, EST
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Estonian
Higher educationCoaching - Tallinn University: Estonia
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.27 25 Feb 2017 Inzell  
    1000m 1:19.85 27 Jan 2018 Inzell  
    1500m 2:00.64 03 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    3000m 4:07.54 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:19.14 30 Sep 2017 Inzell  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/saskia.alusalu  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Training RegimeShe spends the majority of her training time in Inzell, Germany.  
Reason for choosing this sportShe was involved in volleyball, football, athletics and skiing before she took up skating. "I wasn't impressed after my first try, there was no great enthusiasm, because it was very different. Then there was a running track at school and one of the kids started making ice so we could just skate. The goal was to be the fastest. We'd hang out after school but we would be wearing hockey or figure skates. No one had speed skates. Then this guy showed up in speed skates and he was so much faster than us. We tried speed skates, got a training group together but we didn't know anything about technique or coaching."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up speed skating at age 12 in Adavere, Estonia. In 2011 she began taking the sport seriously and started training full-time in Inzell, Germany.  
Name of coachBjarne Rykkje [personal], NOR; Marek Vister [personal]; Tristan Loy, FRA  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesSassu (kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)  
Other informationNATIONAL FIRSTS
She became the first female speed skater to represent Estonia at the Olympic Winter Games when she participated at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. In 2013 she became the first speed skater to represent Estonia at a World Cup event. Other Estonian athletes had previously participated in the competition but skated for the Soviet Union. (OIS, 21 Feb 2018; kiaspeedskatingacademy.com, 10 Jan 2014)
 
Awards and honoursShe was flag bearer for Estonia at the opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 25 Feb 2018, 09 Feb 2018)  
Other sportsShe competed at the 2018 Ironman in Tallinn, Estonia. She also participated in roller speed skating at the 2018 Estonian National Championships. (Instagram profile, 07 Aug 2018; sport.postimees.ee, 17 Jul 2018; virumaateataja.postimees.ee, 06 Jul 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Get the best out of yourself." (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesShe suffered cuts to her chest and thigh following an accident in the mass start at the 2014 World Cup event in Inzell, Germany. She did not compete again that season. (goodnews.ee, 09 Jul 2014)

She broke her ankle in 2011 and was out of action for three months. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
 
Memorable sporting achievementRepresenting Estonia at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where she placed fourth in the mass start. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHer parents. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolEstonian wrestler Kristjan Palusalu. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps10  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps11  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 3000m12  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround16  
    2015/2016 European Championships Allround17  
    2014/2015 European Championships Allround17  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1500m19  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps21  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround23  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2013/2014 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps10  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps26  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps28  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps30  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall33  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m37  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m42  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m44