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Akash Aradhya

India

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTIND11602199301
NOCIndia
Born16 Feb 1993 in Mysore 
GenderMen
ResidenceFrance
OccupationAthlete, Auditor
LanguagesEnglish, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil
Higher educationAccounting, Business - D Banumaiah's College of Commerce & Arts: Mysore, IND
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 1:02.397 09 Jan 2010 Taipei  
    1000m 2:26.511 09 Jan 2010 Taipei Bali  
    1500m 3:03.436 07 Nov 2013 Turin  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/akash.aradhya  
twitter.com/aradhyaakash  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began roller speed skating at age three in Mysore, India. He first tried short track in the eighth grade of high school and began focusing on the sport in 2016. "I initially took it up as a hobby as it seemed fun."  
Reason for choosing this sportHe considered roller speed skating to be his main sport but was drawn to short track because he had the dream of competing at the Olympic Winter Games. "I wasn't sure whether I should do long track or short track. Coming from inline skating we always go for a long track, but I liked racing a lot rather than doing time trials, so I chose to do short track more. I wanted to go bigger in the sport, so I completely moved to short track and I've been competing since 2016."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)  
Hero / IdolJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't quit until your last breath." (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)  
InjuriesIn 2019 he underwent surgery on his spine. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)

In 2012 he fractured his left hip bone. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)

In 2011 he suffered a slipped disc in his back. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)

In 2010 he broke his left hip in a fall at the national inline marathon championships in India. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013)

In 2008 he needed surgery on his right elbow due to internal bleeding caused by a fall. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013)
 
Memorable sporting achievementServing as flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)  
Other sportsHe represented India in roller speed skating at the 2013 World Championships in Ostend, Belgium. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Feb 2020; Athlete, 08 Nov 2013)  
HobbiesPlaying video games. (sport.tvp.pl, 03 Apr 2021)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (starofmysore.com, 07 Sep 2020)  
Other informationFINANCIAL BALANCE
He says he has to pick and choose which international events he enters, as he pays his own expenses. In around January 2021 he moved to France to train with the French national team. He had previously trained in Canada, but says being based in Europe reduces his travel costs for competitions. "It's been very tough. My parents are comfortable, not too comfortable, but they are putting a lot of their money into me and it's not easy to spend that. Every World Cup is around 2,000 Euros and I'm already spending a lot of money trying to train outside India. I try to balance which World Cups are important to me and advantageous to me - where I can skate at the event and get some experience while not spending too much money. That's why I wanted to move to Europe more than being in Canada, because coming from Canada for competitions every time is crazy expensive." (sport.tvp.pl, 03 Apr 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance at the University of Mysore in India. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2020)
 
Awards and honoursHe was flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)

In 2016 he received the Ekalavya Award from the government of Karnataka in India in recognition of his outstanding performances in roller speed skating. (bangalorefirst.in, 20 May 2016)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Championships 500m33  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m34  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m36  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall38  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m41  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m42  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall46  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m46  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m49  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m49  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m52  
    2009/2010 World Junior Championships Overall55  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall55  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m30  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1500m34  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m41  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m45  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m46  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m50  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m50  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m51  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m53  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m54  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m57  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m61  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m65  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m70  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m76  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m79  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m85  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m91  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m98  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m98  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m100  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m105  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m112  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m117  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m125  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m132  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m140