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Mika Poutala

Finland

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSFIN12006198301
NOCFinland
Born20 Jun 1983 in  Helsinki
GenderMen
Marital statusMarried
FamilyWife Sanni, two sons
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationBusinessperson, Motivational Speaker
LanguagesEnglish, Finnish
Higher educationBusiness - Helmi Business College: Helsinki, FIN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.17 08 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:07.24 13 Dec 2009 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:46.53 10 Sep 2016 Calgary  
    5000m 6:55.56 17 Nov 2002 Erfurt  
    10000m 15:16.59 16 Dec 2001 Seinšjoki  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    500m   1    
    Team Sprint   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/poutalamika  
twitter.com/mikapoutala  
www.mikapoutala.fi  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 1990 at age seven in Helsinki, Finland.  
Reason for choosing this sportOne of his mother's friends asked him to try the sport, and he found it fun.  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursHe was Finland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 25 Feb 2018)

He was named Skater of the Year by the Finnish Speed Skating Association on six occasions between 2008 and 2017. (luisteluliitto.fi, 09 Apr 2017, 2017)
 
Most influential person in careerCoach Toivo Kihlanki. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Gianni Romme, American football player Tim Tebow. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017, 15 Dec 2012)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Hard work beats talent." (Athlete, 14 Dec 2012)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
In May 2018 he announced he was retiring from competitive speed skating. "There are many contributing reasons, but the biggest is my family. I want to spend more time with them and I am no longer willing to sacrifice their lives for my personal ambitions." (schaatsen.nl, 14 May 2018)

TRAINING OVERSEAS
He has to spend some of his time training abroad because of a lack of facilities in Finland. "We don't have an ice rink in Finland and so we can't skate there. So every time we are skating we have to travel somewhere [else], and it always costs a lot of money. The Finnish Federation doesn't have that much money so we can't travel all the time, and actually most of the Finnish skaters don't want to travel that much. It is also hard for me because of my family. I don't think I would want to skate more before the season if I always have to go to training camps because then I am away from my family." (isu.org, 09 Jan 2017)

AUTHOR
He has written and published a book named 'What it takes to succeed'. (isu.org, 09 Jan 2017)

MUSIC MAN
He has recorded two music albums, one in a group and one solo. His solo effort is a rap album under the alias 'PlastiC', which is the name he used in high school when playing online games. He also sings in a gospel choir, and once missed a World Cup event to perform in front of 10,000 people at Finland's largest gospel music concert in Turku. (isu.org, 09 Jan 2017; nbcolympics.com, 02 Feb 2010)
 
Memorable sporting achievementPlacing fifth overall in the 500m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and finishing second in the 500m at the 2016 World Cup event in Calgary, AB, Canada. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017, 27 Jan 2015)  
NicknamesPlastiC, Gangster, Cheetah (luisteluliitto.fi, 10 May 2005)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint2  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m4  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m5  
    2008/2009 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2009/2010 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2007/2008 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m7  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m7  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m8  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1000m9  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 500m10  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 500m13  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m14  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m15  
    2006/2007 World Sprint Championships Overall15  
    2002/2003 European Championships Allround16  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m16  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 500m17  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m17  
    2003/2004 European Championships Allround17  
    2003/2004 World Sprint Championships Overall18  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m18  
    2005/2006 World Sprint Championships Overall19  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1000m20  
    2004/2005 World Sprint Championships Overall20  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m21  
    2006 Olympic Games 2 x 500m22  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m26  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m29  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall39  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2005/2006 World Cup Inzell 100m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 100m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 100m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 100m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary 500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup 100m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup 100m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Inzell 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 100m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 100m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 100m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary 500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 100m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 100m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 100m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Kolomna 100m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Calgary 500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Calgary 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup 100m4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m4  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m4  
    2009/2010 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m5  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m6  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m7  
    2006/2007 World Cup 100m7  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m8  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m8  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m10  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m11  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m12  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall12  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m13  
    2003/2004 World Cup 100m13  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m15  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m15  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m16  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m18  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall19  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m20  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m21  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m22  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m22  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1000m23  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1000m25  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m28  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall29  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m30  
    2004/2005 World Cup 500m30  
    2004/2005 World Cup 100m30  
    2003/2004 World Cup 500m31  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m32  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m32  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m41  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1500m43  
    2002/2003 World Cup 500m45  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall45  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1000m50  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall51