Meet the Athletes - Katharina Thien

11 October 2019

We introduce Katharina - also known as Kathi - as one of the Thialf Academy athletes

Kathi is 19 year old girl from Austria. She originally comes from inline skating, but made her transition as a professional speed skater last season. Around that time, Kathi joined the Thialf Academy.

Her favorite distances are the 1000 and 1500m. and she also likes to skate a mass start. Kathi was already able to compete at the JWCs and Junior World Championships last year! 

Kathi makes good progress at the Thialf Academy. She is thankful to have Simon and Ian helping with her development. To quote Kathi ‘I’m grateful that I have these amazing coaches who help me to improve on daily basis and bring me further in my professional speed skating career’. Kathi is eager to train another year at the Thialf Academy as she really enjoys the environment. Especially about the team Kathi says: ‘It’s a great team! There are a lot of international skaters this year. I’m really excited to train with them’!

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