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Odin By Farstad

Norway

SportShort Track
NOCNorway
Born01 Dec 1997 in Malvik 
GenderMen
ResidenceStavanger, NOR
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Higher educationLaw - University of Oslo: Norway
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/odin.farstad  
twitter.com/odinfarstad  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began the sport at age nine in Trondheim, Norway.  
Training RegimeHe trains between 800 and 900 hours a year.  
Name of coachJeremy Wotherspoon [national], CAN; Bjarne Rykkje [national]  
Reason for choosing this sportHis friends encouraged him to try the sport. "I started skating during a winter when there wasn't enough snow to do cross-country skiing. My dad brought us to the ice rink and I fell in love with the sport and kept on skating."  
Club / TeamSportsklubben Falken: Trondheim, NOR  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis younger sister Ane By Farstad has represented Norway in speed skating, winning bronze in the team sprint at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Baselga di Pine, Italy. She has also competed in short track and won gold in the mixed 3000m relay at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. His father Rune Farstad has competed in speed skating at international level, and has also served as his personal coach. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Nov 2021; spkl-falken.com, 23 Oct 2016; adressa.no, 23 Mar 2015; Skoytelandslaget Facebook page, 03 Dec 2019; speedskatingresults.com, 2018)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bladet.no, 09 Sep 2020; Skoytelandslaget Facebook page, 03 Dec 2019)  
HobbiesSkiing, cars. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
InjuriesHe began suffering from patellar tendinitis in his knee in 2017. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Most influential person in careerHis father. "My dad has been the most important person to me as a speed skater. He skated himself and brought me to the ice. He has been my coach and mentor during most of my career." (Skoytelandslaget Facebook page, 03 Dec 2019)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Other sportsHe represented Norway in short track at the 2018 European Championships in Dresden, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Nov 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m37  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m43  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m43  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall45