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Natalia Czerwonka

Poland

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSPOL22010198801
NOCPoland
Born20 Oct 1988 in  Lubin
GenderWomen
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Polish
Higher educationPhysical Education - Academy of Physical Education: Kraków, POL
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.84 09 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:14.35 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:55.09 16 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:05.40 15 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:18.55 29 Nov 2013 Astana  
    Sprint Combination 45 06 Feb 2005  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps   1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps   1 1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/natalia.czerwonka  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamMKS Zaglebie Lubin: Poland  
Reason for choosing this sportShe was encouraged to try the sport at school, and found she enjoyed it. Her parents thought it was a good idea, and took her to a sports centre where she joined a skating class.  
Name of coachKrzysztof Niedzwiedzki [national]; Arkadiusz Skoneczny [personal], POL  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport at age 10 in Lubin, Poland.  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesWatching movies, reading, cooking. (Facebook page, 02 Dec 2015)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in team pursuit at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (isu.org, 09 Feb 2017)  
InjuriesIn August 2014 she suffered a head injury and a broken vertebra after colliding with a tractor while training on her bicycle. She had been attending a training camp in Spala, Poland, when the accident occurred. She was unable to compete for the rest of the year. (wp.pl, 03 Dec 2014; eurosport.onet.pl, 04 Aug 2014)  
Other informationSHORT TRACK
In preparation for the 2017/18 season she trained with short track skaters from the OTTO Speed Skating Team. "Short track and speed skating are very different, but I wanted to improve my technique. This will allow me to be faster, as medals can be decided by millimetres." (sport.onet.pl, 12 Sep 2017)

CLUB
In 2017 she launched the Natalia Czerwonka Academy of Sports Development in Lubin, Poland, to promote sport among children and adults in the area. (lubin.naszemiasto.pl, 28 Aug 2017)
 
Most influential person in careerHer parents, as well as coaches Arkadiusz Skoneczny and Urszula Kaminska. (isu.org, 09 Feb 2017; Athlete, 11 Nov 2012)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (sport.onet.pl, 12 Sep 2017)  
Awards and honoursIn 2014 she was presented with the Officer's Cross of Order of Polonia Restituta. (prezydent.pl, 03 Apr 2014)

In 2010 she received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. (nataliaczerwonka.pl, 03 Feb 2011)
 
Hero / IdolPolish cross-country skier Justyna Kowalczyk, Polish swimmer Otylia Jedrzejczak. (isu.org, 09 Feb 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Fun is important." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2012)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps5  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1500m6  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps7  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps7  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps7  
    2011/2012 European Championships Allround7  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround7  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps8  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships Allround8  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m8  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m10  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m10  
    2015/2016 European Championships Allround11  
    2012/2013 European Championships Allround11  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround11  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships Allround12  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m12  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m12  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 3000m13  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround13  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m15  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround15  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m15  
    2014 Olympic Games 3000m16  
    2007/2008 European Championships Allround17  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround17  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1500m17  
    2010/2011 European Championships Allround17  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall19  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1500m20  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1500m20  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 3000m21  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 3000m21  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m23  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m24  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m36  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Hamar Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m11  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m11  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m15  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m17  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m18  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m18  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m19  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m21  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m26  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m26  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m31  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall34  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m36  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m40  
    2015/2016 World Cup 3000/5000m40  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall38  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m44  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m45  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m45  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m47  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m48  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m51  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m51