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Rafal Anikiej

Poland

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTPOL11308199901
NOCPoland
Born13 Aug 1999 in Bialystok 
GenderMen
ResidenceBialystok, POL
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Polish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    1000m 1:24.851 01 Nov 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:14.987 21 Nov 2020 Kolomna  
    3000m 4:54.459 18 Oct 2020 Bialystok  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/Rafal-Anikiej-1657351787847570/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachDariusz Kulesza [club], POL  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport at age 11 in Bialystok, Poland.  
Club / TeamJuvenia Bialystok : Poland  
Reason for choosing this sport"I went to sports class not being aware that we were going to train ice skating. I immediately liked it, even if I was not the best at the beginning. In this sport you never know what will happen."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2020)  
Hero / IdolRussian short track skater Victor An, US basketball player Kobe Bryant, US boxer Mike Tyson. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2020)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the B-final in the 500m at the 2020 European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2020)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"No pain, no gain." (Athlete, 12 Feb 2016)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (pzls.pl, 28 Feb 2018)  
Other informationFUTURE PLANS
He enjoys cooking and says he aspires to train as a chef and establish his own restaurant following his retirement from short track. "In my spare time I enjoy cooking. It gives me great pleasure and after finishing my sports career I would like to train in this profession. I would like to open my own restaurant." (pzls.pl, 28 Feb 2018; interia.pl, 29 Dec 2020)

TRAINING IN CANADA
He trained alongside the Canadian short track team under coaches Sebastian Cross and Frederic Blackburn ahead of the 2019/20 season. However, he was unable to return to Canada to train ahead of the 2020/21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Already before my departure I knew that I would skate well after training in Canada. I had to spend all the money I had saved during the previous years of competition, but my parents and club also helped me. Due to the pandemic I couldn't prepare like I wanted and where I wanted, because I was not able to go to Canada in the [COVID-19] epidemic situation." (wyborcza.pl, 18 Oct 2019, 10 Jul 2020; interia.pl, 29 Dec 2020)
 
NicknamesRafik (Instagram profile, 03 Aug 2019)  
HobbiesCooking. (interia.pl, 29 Dec 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m6  
    2015/2016 European Championships 5000m Relay8  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall10  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m10  
    2016/2017 European Championships 5000m Relay10  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m11  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m13  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay14  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall16  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall17  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m21  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m22  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m23  
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships Overall23  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m28  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m28  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m29  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall29  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m35  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m37  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m37  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall37  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall39  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m39  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m40  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m40  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m43  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m43  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall43  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m44  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships Overall44  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall45  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m45  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall45  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m47  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships Overall51  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 Almaty 2000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m7  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m7  
    2018/2019 Almaty 5000m Relay9  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1000m11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 2000m Relay11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 5000m Relay11  
    2018/2019 Dresden 5000m Relay12  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay12  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay12  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay13  
    2016/2017 Dresden 5000m Relay14  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay14  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay16  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay18  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m18  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m21  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m23  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m23  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m25  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m25  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m26  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m27  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m28  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m29  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m31  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m32  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m33  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m35  
    2018/2019 Almaty 500m35  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m36  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m38  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m38  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m39  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m43  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m46  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m53  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m65  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m72  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m72  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m72  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m109  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m115  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m116  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m127  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m156