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BLAKE SKJELLERUP

Olympic Speed Skater. Sport, Youth, & LGBT Advocate

March 2014 

 

What made you agree to do this interview? 

I see a talent in you, and I resonated with your story. I believe in supporting those who really are passionate about what they do, and go after what they wish to achieve in life.

 

What did you want to become when you were a child?

When I was younger I always wanted to play sport. Before I started speed skating I wanted to be an All Black, which is a rugby player. Once I started skating I wanted to be an Olympian, and I achieved that.

 

How long have you been speed skating for? 

I have been speed skating for 18 years. I started when I was 10 years old.

 

How did your friends/family react when you told them you wanted to become a professional speed skater? 

My friends and family were so supportive of me and my speed skating. They have been there by my side since day 1.

 

What aspects of your job do you like best / least?

I like the actual skating the most. I feel free and at such peace when I skate. I can focus on skating and solely skating, and have no other cares in the world.

What I dislike, that's hard to say... probably when every muscle in my body hurts and I can't move, but in saying that I know I have worked hard when I feel that way.

 

Tell us about "Pink Shirt Day", for which you were an Ambassador: 

I was an Ambassador for Pink Shirt Day in 2011. Pink Shirt Day is an awareness campaign to end bullying. As someone who was bullied in high school I want to help let people know that bullying is wrong, and if you believe in yourself you can overcome it.

 

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far:

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

 

Who inspires you?

My parents.

 

What makes you happy?

Ice cream! Just kidding, family makes me happy, and friends. But also ... ice cream.

 

What is your favorite song at the moment, and of all time?

Favorite song at the moment is 'Wildheart' by The Vamps, and my favorite song of all time, 'We Found Love' by Rihanna and David Guetta."

 

What are some of your favorite movies?
Love Actually, Speed, Mission Impossible 3.

 

Describe your style in terms of fashion:

Always on trend, but really just clean and neat dress is what I love. If I could live in shorts and a tank top I would.


What is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Ice cream.

 

Describe yourself in 5 words: 

Really really really really happy.

 

What do you most value in people?

Honesty.

 

Name 3 things people don't know about you: 

  1. I love Sprite.

  2. Favorite color is blue, maybe black, sometimes white.

  3. Favourite animal is a goldfish.

 

What is your motto?

If it makes you happy, do it, if it doesn't, don't!

 

Any last words?

Ice cream