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Haavard Boekko

Speed Skating NOR

Haavard Boekko

Haavard Boekko
  • Birth date 2/02/1987
  • Birthplace Hønefoss
  • Residence Geilo
  • Height/Weight 5'11"/ 178 lbs
  • Olympics 2006, 2010, 2014

Biography

  • Residence
  • Geilo, NOR
  • Club / Team
  • Hol: Norway
  • Hobbies
  • Hunting, fishing. (origo.no, 21 Nov 2014)
  • Injuries
  • In 2017 he broke his ankle while attempting a backward somersault. The injury required three rounds of surgery. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017; schaatsen.nl, 02 May 2017)

    A back injury forced him to withdraw from the 2015 World Cup event in Calgary, AB, Canada. (bt.no, 13 Nov 2015)

    A knee injury, first suffered in December 2013, affected his performances in late 2014 and at the start of the 2015/16 season. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017; schaatsen.nl, 15 Sep 2016; vg.no, 13 Feb 2015; dagbladet.no, 17 Oct 2014)

    From 2007 to 2009 he suffered several shoulder injuries that required surgery. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Memorable sporting achievement
  • Winning gold in the 1500m at the 2011 World Single Distances Championships in Inzell, Germany, and a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Famous relatives
  • His younger sister Hege Bokko represented Norway in speed skating at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sochi2014.com, 25 Jan 2014; hegebokko.com, 17 Dec 2011)
  • Why this sport?
  • He was inspired by Norwegian speed skater Adne Sondral, who is from his hometown, as well as his local friends. "Everyone skated every week when I was young. It was a good group of young skaters early in my career."
  • Most influential person in career
  • Coach Peter Mueller, who he has worked with on and off since 2004. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Norwegian speed skater Adne Sondral, who comes from the same town as him. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
  • Ambitions
  • To compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (origo.no, 21 Nov 2014)
  • Name of coach
  • Sondre Skarli [national], NOR
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • He began skating at age four near Hol, Norway. "It is a small village with the prettiest and fastest natural ice rink in the world."
  • Occupation
  • Athlete
  • Languages
  • English, Norwegian
  • Nicknames
  • The Shadow (vg.no, 13 Feb 2015)
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 10 Dec 2013)
  • Other information
  • SEASON BREAK
    In September 2016 he announced that he was taking a break from competition in 2016/17 due to motivational issues. He returned to the sport for the 2017/18 season. "I hope that my motivation and desire to make it back comes again. I have had enough of two training sessions a day and 200 days a year travelling. Now I want to go home, take a vacation and do something completely different." (schaatsen.nl, 15 Sep 2016, 14 Sep 2016; speedskatingresults.com, 01 Nov 2017)
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