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Bianca Merker-Walter

Germany

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTGER23103199001
NOCGermany
Born31 Mar 1990 in Dresden 
GenderWomen
FamilyHusband Willy Merker
ResidenceDresden, GER
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, German
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.429 16 Nov 2017 Seoul  
    1000m 1:29.448 20 Oct 2012 Calgary  
    1500m 2:22.414 07 Oct 2017 Dordrecht  
    3000m 5:24.797 15 Nov 2015 Bormio  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    3000m Relay 2 3    
Social Media
Social Media
www.bianca-walter.de  
www.facebook.com/111mHighspeed  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamEislauf-Verein Dresden [EVD]: Germany  
Reason for choosing this sportHer mother was a speed skater. "At age three I learned ice skating from my mother, who was a successful speed skater. Since my grandmother was a figure skating coach, my sister and I often had the opportunity to go on the ice. In fact, I tried other things first. It wasn't until the fourth grade that I had the goal of going to sports school and chose short track as a competitive sport."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport in 1999 in Dresden, Germany.  
Training RegimeShe has up to four training sessions a day, six days a week. "A session usually lasts one to two hours or more. In winter we spend about eight hours a day at the ice rink."  
Name of coachStuart Horsepool [national], GBR  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationCAREER OUTSIDE OF SPORT
She was a member of the German Federal Police sports promotion group from 2011 to 2015. In addition to training as a full-time athlete since then, she has taken on a number of internships and also been a member of the district fire department in Dresden, Germany. However, she has ambitions to rejoin the police force once she has retired from short track. "I have done a number of internships to get to know different professions better. I was able to get a taste of public relations and management, which I really liked. Next I would be interested in combating crime. I think I know my goal is within the police at the end of my sports career." (desg.de, 01 Sep 2020; athlet.one, 18 Apr 2020)
 
InjuriesShe underwent knee surgery in October 2020. (Instagram profile, 13 Oct 2020)

In July 2018 she required surgery after twisting her knee during a training camp. An MRI scan had revealed that a mucous membrane fold in her knee had become trapped, resulting in pain and inflammation. (focus.de, 11 Jul 2018)
 
NicknamesBibi (teamdeutschland.de, 12 Apr 2019)  
HobbiesReading, wakeboarding, dogs. (desg.de, 01 Sep 2020)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (desg.de, 01 Sep 2020)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"It's not always about being the fastest. Sometimes the more tactically clever, or the one with a bit of luck wins. That is what makes our sport so attractive." (athlet.one, 18 Apr 2020)  
Most influential person in careerHer mother. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2020)  
Hero / IdolHer mother. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2017)  
Famous relativesHer mother Skadi Walter represented Germany in speed skating, finishing fifth in the 500m at the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo. Her grandmother was a figure skating coach. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Jan 2015; speedskatingnews.info, 01 Feb 2010)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 3000m relay at the 2010 European Championships in Dresden, Germany, and competing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2009/2010 European Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2012/2013 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 European Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2011/2012 European Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2010/2011 European Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2015/2016 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2019/2020 European Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2018/2019 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay6  
    2006/2007 World Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay7  
    2011/2012 European Championships Overall11  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m12  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay12  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m13  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m14  
    2011/2012 World Championships 500m14  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m15  
    2012/2013 European Championships Overall15  
    2010/2011 World Championships 500m16  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall16  
    2010/2011 European Championships Overall17  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall17  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m18  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m18  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m18  
    2015/2016 European Championships Overall18  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m19  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1000m19  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m19  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall20  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m21  
    2010/2011 World Championships Overall22  
    2011/2012 World Championships Overall22  
    2014/2015 European Championships Overall22  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m23  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall27  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall27  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1500m27  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m27  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m27  
    2011/2012 World Championships 1000m28  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1000m28  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m28  
    2006/2007 World Junior Championships Overall29  
    2007/2008 World Junior Championships Overall29  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m30  
    2010/2011 World Championships 1500m31  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m33  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m33  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m33  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall36  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m37  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall37  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall39  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m6  
    2008/2009 Dresden 3000m Relay6  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1000m8  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay8  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay8  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay9  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m9  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay9  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay10  
    2010/2011 Dresden 3000m Relay10  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m11  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1000m13  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m13  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay13  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay13  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m14  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1500m14  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m14  
    2008/2009 Dresden 1500m15  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay15  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m16  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m17  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m18  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m18  
    2012/2013 Dresden 500m18  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m19  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m20  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m20  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m21  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m23  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m23  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m24  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m25  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m26  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m26  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m27  
    2008/2009 Dresden 500m27  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m27  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m29  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m31  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m31  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m33  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m34  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m36  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m36  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m36  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m36  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m40  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m40  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m43  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m44  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m44  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m44  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m45  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m48  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m48  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m51  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m54  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m55  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m56  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m57  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m57  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m61  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m64  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m71  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m71  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m72  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m81