Vanessa Herzog is an Austrian speed skater. She competed at the 2013 World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, and at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Herzog is the current holder of the Austrian records in the 500, 1000 and 1500 meters. Vanessa Herzog is among the world’s leading speed and inline speed skaters and one of a very few athletes, who is world champion on both, blades and wheels.
Vanessa Herzog Medal record: Women’s speed skating
World Single Distances Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Inzell 500 m
Silver medal – second place2019 Inzell 1000 m
Gold medal – first place 2018 Kolomna 500 m
Gold medal – first place 2019 Collalbo Sprint
Silver medal – second place2018 Kolomna1000 m
Silver medal – second place 2020 Heerenven500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2018 KolomnaMass start
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Vanessa Herzog Speed skate& Inline World Champion here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, her beauty secrets and her success story.
You were born in Innsbruck, Austria. Your love for Speed skating sports started early in life. You took part in 5000 meters event Olympia Eisstadion, Innsbruck in 2012 and later you won your first Gold medal in 500 meters World Single Distances Championships at Inzell in 2019. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a Speed skater and winning one Gold, one Silver in World Single Distances Championships in 2019. Tell us more about your journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
My cousin took me to the nearby ice rink in Innsbruck, when I was 5 years old. I remember that very afternoon having a lot of fun. For Christmas I got my first skates and was very proud. Within some months I started at my first event and won it. This continued for many years in Austria.
When I was a little bit older I participated at the famous Viking race in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. I had a lot of fun meeting young athletes from all over the world and won some races there as well. Years went by and I started to enojy the increased training sessions even more and decided for myself to become a professional athlete when I was 15 years old. I joined the Austrian army when I was 18 years old and the supported me ever since then.
Speed skating is a tough sport, when things are not going well, which happened to me from 2015 to 2016. I did not see any progress chances in Austria anymore so I joined a Dutch professional team and … things got worse. I could not improve anymore and wanted to quit my career seeing no chance at all to get back on a podium although I was training harder than ever before.
So I set down with my husband and we discussed our options. The only fact we knew was that my husband should not become my coach. He was a tennis and skiing coach during his study but had no experience with speed skating.
And as life is always full of surprises we nevertheless tried it and started to have fun in training again and started a very successful period which led me to the point I am now. Ever since we tried it he accompanies me for every single training and we spend 24/7 together, which is our secret of success.
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