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Anna Seidel


SportShort Track
Born31 Mar 1998 in Dresden 
ResidenceDresden, GER
OccupationArmed Forces Athlete, Student
LanguagesEnglish, French, German
Higher educationBusiness Administration, Business Management - IU International University of Applied Sciences: Bad Honnef am Rhein, GER
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.199 04 Nov 2018 Calgary  
    1000m 1:26.162 04 Nov 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:19.138 23 Oct 2021 Beijing  
    3000m 5:43.220 24 Jan 2016 Sochi  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
European Championships
European Championships
    1000m     2  
    1500m   1 2  
    Overall   1    
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamEislauf-Verein Dresden [EVD]: Germany  
Reason for choosing this sport"My brother was a figure skater and after his sessions the short track speed skaters started training. It looked cool and my mother asked if I wanted to try it. I liked it a lot and continued."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She initially trained in athletics before taking up short track at age nine in Dresden, Germany. "Athletics was often too boring and I was fascinated by the difference of speed that you have on ice and land."  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolGerman biathlete Magdalena Neuner. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
InjuriesIn March 2021 she fractured the tibia and fibula in her right leg while training for that month's world championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. She underwent surgery and had two metal plates inserted above her right ankle. She returned to competition in October 2021. (, 14 Oct 2021;, 01 Oct 2021)

She suffered an avulsion fracture to her fibula after falling during the qualification round of the mixed relay at the 2020 World Cup event in Dresden, Germany. The injury ended her season. (, 01 Oct 2021; Instagram profile, 10 Feb 2020;, 07 Feb 2020)

In June 2016 she broke the 12th vertebra in her back. She required surgery to insert metal screws and more than four months of recovery. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2017)

In 2011 she was out for six weeks with a bruised knee. (Athlete, 16 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in careerHer parents. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"The mental aspect is as important as the physical aspect, maybe even more important. Only when you are sure about yourself and your capabilities, are self confident at the start line and trust yourself to do something, then you will be at the top. It is also the same for your everyday life." (Valeur Magazine, 11 Mar 2019)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachKaterina Novotna [national], CZE  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesYoga, meditation, photography, travel, meeting friends. (, 01 Sep 2020;, 11 Feb 2020)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe does tasks in preparation for competitions in threes. Before races, she says the mantra, "I can do it, I'll do it, that's my thing." (, 19 Mar 2021)  
Awards and honoursShe was the recipient of the 2020 Sports Award in Dresden, Germany. (, 06 Sep 2021)  
Other informationCAREER BREAK
In September 2023 she announced she would be taking time away from the sport and would not compete in the 2023/24 World Cup season. "After over a decade of intense competition and daily training at the peak of high-performance sport, I realised some time ago that I had reached a point of physical and, above all, mental exhaustion. Therefore, I have decided to step back from skating for the upcoming season. I realised that I need to take the time to get back the spark that has driven me forward over the last few years. I haven't jogged in a year, I do everything on the bike. I would like to have a season in which I can finish and not have any pain." (, 06 Sep 2023)

She has sustained a number of injuries during her career, but says the fractured tibia and fibula she suffered in 2021 was the most challenging to overcome. "At the beginning you ask yourself the questions, 'Why is it me again? Why has it happened again? Could I have maybe done something wrong?' It became the toughest injury so far I've had." She overcame the injury with support from mental health professionals. "The one in Dresden [Germany], I was working a lot with at the beginning. I could go there. It meant I had something to do, especially when I was still on crutches. I think the bad phases would have been much longer [without professional support]. I couldn't have overcome them that fast. It was not a nice summer but I learned a lot and I would say I grew a lot too." (, 01 Oct 2021)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m2  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall2  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1500m3  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m3  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m3  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m3  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m4  
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2022/2023 European Championships 500m4  
    2015/2016 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2020/2021 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2019/2020 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2018/2019 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 European Championships 2000m Relay6  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1000m6  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall6  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall6  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall6  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m7  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall7  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m7  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall8  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m8  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall9  
    2021/2022 World Championships Overall10  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1500m10  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m10  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall10  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall11  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1000m11  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m11  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m12  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m12  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall13  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m13  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m14  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m15  
    2021/2022 World Championships 500m16  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m16  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m17  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m17  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall17  
    2022/2023 World Championships 1500m19  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m19  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall19  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m20  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m21  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m21  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m21  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m22  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m23  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m25  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall26  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m26  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m28  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m28  
    2022/2023 World Championships 500m39  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall40  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships Overall40  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m2  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Nagoya 500m2  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m3  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m3  
    2015/2016 Montreal, QC 1500m3  
    2018/2019 Turin 1500m3  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m4  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m4  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m5  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m6  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay6  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1500m6  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m7  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m8  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay8  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m9  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m9  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m9  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay9  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m10  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay10  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m10  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall11  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1500m11  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m12  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay12  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m12  
    2022/2023 Dresden 3000m Relay13  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay13  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m14  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m15  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m15  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m15  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay15  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m16  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m16  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m17  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m18  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m19  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m19  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m20  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m21  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m21  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m22  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m23  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m24  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m30  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m30  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m32  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m33  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m33  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m36  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m39  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m41  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m45  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m47  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m51  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m54  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m55  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m59