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Vanessa Herzog

Austria

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSAUT20407199501
NOCAustria
Born04 Jul 1995 in  Innsbruck
GenderWomen
Marital statusMarried
FamilyHusband Thomas Herzog
Other namesVanessa Bittner
ResidenceAustria
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, German
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.30 03 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:13.43 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:55.05 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:21.39 16 Jan 2016 Inzell  
    5000m 8:12.34 23 Dec 2012 Innsbruck  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    2 x 500m 1      
    500m 1 1    
    1000m 2      
    Mass Start 10 Laps 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    500m 1      
    1000m   1    
    Mass Start 16 Laps     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/Vanessa.Herzog.Speedskating/  
twitter.com/nessi1995  
www.vanessaherzog.at/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating in 2000 in Innsbruck, Austria.  
Reason for choosing this sport"I grew up next to an ice skating rink and one day I joined my cousin in speed skating. The combination of strength, smoothness, grace and speed is unique. If you are in good shape and you enter the curve at about 55km per hour, it's an indescribable feeling."  
Club / TeamESC Otrouza: Austria  
Name of coachThomas Herzog [husband], AUT, from 2016  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationTRAINING ACCIDENT
In April 2017 she was training on her bicycle when she was hit by a truck. The accident occurred when the vehicle made an unexpected turn and Herzog was unable to brake fast enough. She was fortunate to escape with only minor cuts and bruises, despite having her leg run over. "I have been very lucky. At first I did not realise what had happened to me. It was only later when I was in the car that it hit me. I had a thousand guardian angels. It is a miracle that I escaped worse injuries." (schaatsen.nl, 11 Apr 2017)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first Austrian athlete, male or female, to win a medal in roller speed skating at the world championships when she claimed gold [500m] and bronze [1000m] at the 2018 edition in Arnhem, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Oct 2018; vanessaherzog.at, 04 Jul 2018; Facebook page, 02 Jul 2018, 01 Jul 2018)
 
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (kleinezeitung.at, 29 Jul 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't think, just skate." (Athlete, 22 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolGerman speed skater Anni Friesinger-Postma. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2018)  
Other sportsShe has represented Austria in roller speed skating. She won gold in the 500m sprint and bronze in the 1000m sprint at the 2018 World Championships in Arnhem, Netherlands. She has also competed in athletics at national level in Austria. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Oct 2018; kleinezeitung.at, 29 Jul 2018; meinbezirk.at, 17 Apr 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the 500m at the 2018 World Cup event in Erfurt, Germany. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHer husband Thomas Herzog. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesTravel, sports, reading, spending time outdoors. (kleinezeitung.at, 29 Jul 2018; olympia.at, 19 Feb 2018)  
Famous relativesHer husband Thomas Herzog has served as her coach. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 500m1  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m4  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m5  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall8  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall8  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall8  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m9  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m10  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m10  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m15  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m20  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall21  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m24  
    2012/2013 European Championships Allround25  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m27  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall29  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m34  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 500m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m4  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall9  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 15 Laps9  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps15  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps16  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m16  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m16  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps19  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m26  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m28  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall32  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m38  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m38  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall38  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m39  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m46