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Alexandra Danneel


SportShort Track
Born02 Mar 1995 in Ostend 
LanguagesDutch, English, French, German
ResidenceOstend, BEL
Higher educationPhysical Education, Teaching - VIVES University of Applied Sciences: Belgium
FamilyPartner Rino Vanhooren
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 44.133 16 Dec 2022 Almaty  
    1000m 1:32.840 22 Oct 2021 Beijing  
    1500m 2:31.903 05 Oct 2017 Dordrecht  
    3000m 5:35.670 21 Nov 2015 Bruges  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
European Championships
European Championships
    2000m Relay   1    
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamBoudewijn Schaatsclub [BSC]: Bruges, BEL  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsShe has competed in roller speed skating for the Zwaantjes Roller Club Zandvoorde in Belgium. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023;, 07 May 2016)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachIngmar van Riel [national], NED  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My younger brother David was introduced to short track by his friend from inline skating, Stijn Desmet, and wanted to try it as well. Me and my family just went along, since there weren't any inline sessions during the winter. I never intended to skate in competitions, but soon I loved it more than inline skating."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerBelgian short track skater [and her partner] Rino Vanhooren. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
Hero / IdolBelgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam, French short track skater Sebastien Lepape. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age 16 in Bruges, Belgium.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationOCCUPATION
She works as a language coach at Vokans, a career guidance centre in Schaerbeek, Belgium. She has also done volunteer work for the Royal Belgian Speed Skating Federation [KBSF], writing and editing articles for the federation's website as well as maintaining its social media accounts. In addition, she worked as a volunteer translator for the Ostend Film Festival in Belgium. "As an English-Dutch translator I translate English-language films into Dutch, but I also translate English-language subtitles of, for example, a German film into Dutch." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023, 24 Nov 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2023)

She has completed a master's degree in translation at the Catholic University of Leuven in Brussels, Belgium. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2023)
Famous relativesHer partner Rino Vanhooren represented Belgium in short track at the world championships in 2021 and 2022. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Nov 2022)  
HobbiesInline skating, baking. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe always ties her left skate before she laces up her right skate. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
Memorable sporting achievementPlacing second in the mixed 2000m relay at the 2022 World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Athlete, 24 Nov 2021)  
NicknamesAlex (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 European Championships 2000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m21  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m22  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m23  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m23  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m24  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1000m25  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall25  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall27  
    2017/2018 European Championships 500m27  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m27  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall27  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m29  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m29  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m30  
    2017/2018 European Championships Overall31  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m32  
    2017/2018 European Championships 1500m33  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay10  
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay13  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m24  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m25  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m26  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m29  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m31  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m35  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m38  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m42  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m46  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m54  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m56  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m58  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m61  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m61  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m76  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m77  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m79  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m107