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Pekka Koskela

Finland

SportSpeed Skating
NOCFinland
Born29 Nov 1982 in  Mänttä
GenderMen
ResidenceSeinäjoki, FIN
OccupationAthlete, Businessperson
LanguagesEnglish, Finnish, French, German, Swedish
Higher educationMaterial Engineering - Aalto University: Helsinki, FIN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.36 19 Jan 2013 Calgary  
    1000m 1:07.00 10 Nov 2007 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:51.52 21 Mar 2002 Calgary  
    5000m 7:35.09 16 Dec 2000 Helsinki  
    10000m 16:30.16 19 Dec 1999 Seinäjoki  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
    1000m     1  
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   2    
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    Team Sprint   1    
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/FastJulli  
www.facebook.com/Speedskater-Pekka-Koskela-1434557456819112  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I had a need for speed. I was doing all the same things as my older brother as a kid."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began speed skating in 1991 in Seinajoki, Finland.  
Name of coachPasi Koskela [national, brother], FIN; Janne Hanninen [national], FIN  
Club / TeamSeinajoen Urheilijat: Finland  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIllness forced him to pull out of the 2012 World Cup event in Calgary, AB, Canada. (hs.fi, 28 Jan 2012)

In 2010 a leg injury kept him out of action for six weeks. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2013)

He underwent knee surgery in July 2009 and was out for three months. (hs.fi, 02 Feb 2010)

In 2006 he snapped a ligament in his knee and was out for four months. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2013)
 
Famous relativesHis brother Pasi competed on the World Cup speed skating circuit between 2006 and 2009. His second cousin Harri Koskela won silver in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Dec 2013; NOC, 01 Dec 2005)  
Hero / IdolBritish track cyclist Chris Hoy, Finnish ice hockey player Teemu Selanne. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2015, 19 Nov 2013)  
HobbiesTelemark skiing, snowboarding, reading, studying, relaxing, track cycling, coaching. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2013)  
Memorable sporting achievementSetting a world record in the 1000m and winning more than a dozen World Cup gold medals in the 500m. Also winning silver in the sprint combination at the 2007 World Championships in Hamar, Norway. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017; 27 Jan 2015)  
Other sportsHe won three national championship titles in track cycling in Finland. (Athlete, 19 Nov 2013)  
Most influential person in careerHis brother Pasi. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
NicknamesJulli (Athlete, 19 Nov 2013)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Prepare and enjoy." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2015)

"Enjoy the speed and push it hard." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint2  
    2006/2007 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2008/2009 World Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 500m6  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 500m6  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m7  
    2005/2006 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m8  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 500m8  
    2006 Olympic Games 2 x 500m10  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2002/2003 World Single Distances Championships 500m11  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1000m11  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall11  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m11  
    2003/2004 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2004/2005 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall14  
    2002/2003 World Single Distances Championships 1000m16  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m17  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m17  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m19  
    2002/2003 World Sprint Championships Overall20  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1000m20  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall20  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m24  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m31  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall32  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m33  
    2001/2002 World Sprint Championships Overall33  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m36  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2006/2007 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 1000m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 1000m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Collalbo 100m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2006/2007 World Cup 100m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Harbin 100m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 500m2  
    2005/2006 World Cup Inzell 500m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 100m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Nagano 500m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Hamar 500m3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2003/2004 World Cup 100m5  
    2004/2005 World Cup 100m6  
    2005/2006 World Cup 100m6  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m7  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m8  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m9  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m9  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m10  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m11  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall12  
    2004/2005 World Cup 500m12  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1000m12  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m13  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall14  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1000m13  
    2003/2004 World Cup 500m14  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m16  
    2008/2009 World Cup 100m17  
    2002/2003 World Cup 500m18  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m18  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m21  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1000m21  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m22  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m23  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m23  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m24  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m25  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m26  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m32  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m37  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m37  
    2000/2001 World Cup 500m39  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m40