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Alexandra Danneel


SportShort Track
Born02 Mar 1995 in Ostend 
FamilyPartner Rino Vanhooren
ResidenceOstend, BEL
OccupationAthlete, Volunteer
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Higher educationPhysical Education, Teaching - VIVES University of Applied Sciences: Belgium
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 44.951 06 Dec 2020 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:33.900 06 Oct 2017 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:31.903 05 Oct 2017 Dordrecht  
    3000m 5:35.670 21 Nov 2015 Bruges  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachPieter Gysel [national], BEL  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age 16 in Bruges, Belgium.  
Reason for choosing this sport"My brother was encouraged to give it a try by Belgian short track skater Stijn Desmet so I just tagged along. Next thing I knew, I loved it and wanted to get better."  
Club / TeamBoudewijn Schaatsclub [BSC]: Bruges, BEL  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsShe has competed in roller speed skating for the Zwaantjes Roller Club Zandvoorde in Belgium. (Instagram profile, 20 Sep 2017;, 07 May 2016)  
Most influential person in careerBelgian short track skater Rino Vanhooren. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)  
Hero / IdolBelgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020)  
Other informationOCCUPATION
She has done volunteer work for the Royal Belgian Speed Skating Federation [KBSF], writing and editing articles for the federation's website as well as maintaining its social media accounts. She has also been a volunteer translator for the Ostend Film Festival in Belgium. "As an English-Dutch translator I translate English-language films into Dutch, but I also translate English-language subtitles of, for example, a German film into Dutch." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Dec 2020)

She has completed a master's degree in translation at the Catholic University of Leuven in Brussels, Belgium. (Athlete, 06 Feb 2020; Facebook page, 10 Aug 2020)
Famous relativesHer partner Rino Vanhooren has competed in short track for Belgium at World Cup level. (Instagram profile, 08 Nov 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Jan 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m21  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m22  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m23  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m23  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m25  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall25  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall27  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m27  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m27  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall27  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m29  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m29  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m30  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall31  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m32  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m33  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay10  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay13  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m25  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m35  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m38  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m42  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m56  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m58  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m61  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m76  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m77  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m79  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m107