One of tonight’s primetime Olympic events will be the gold medal final for women’s speed skating. Hopefully, if we’re lucky, we will get as much drama as came out of men’s final over the weekend.
If dramatics aren’t quite there, we still have something to fall back on like uber-hot Estonian speed skater, Saskia Alusalu. This isn’t the first time people have been talking about Saskia over the last week, she’s already made herself known at these Olympics when stepped onto the scene as the Estonian flag bearer at the opening ceremonies.
Now she’s ready to show what she can do on the ice.
She took up speed skating at age 12 in Adavere, Estonia. In 2011 she began taking the sport seriously and started training full-time in Inzell, Germany.
She is due to become the first female speed skater to represent Estonia at the Olympic Winter Games when she competes at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. In 2013 she became the first speed skater to represent Estonia at a World Cup event. Other Estonian athletes had previously participated in the competition but skated for the Soviet Union.
To put it simple: she’s basically the first female Estonian speed skater to do everything. First at an Olympics, first at a World Cup, she’s just breaking down barriers left and right. Look for her tonight.
- She’s 23
- Hobbies – Playing the violin, playing football, reading.
- Her hero is Estonian wrestler Kristjan Palusalu.