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Inline Speed Skaters in Belgium
An Interview with Britta Vantournout
Part 2 of 3
More of this interview: Part 1 - Part 3

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BRITTA VANTOURNHOUT - PART 2
In part 2 of an interview with inline speed skating champion Britta Vantournhout of Belgium, she talks about her favorite events, ice speed skating, and the skater who is her hero and role model.



Britta: Since 1998 I have been Belgian Overall Champion every year. I don't count all of my medals anymore, but I have more than 50. I competed for Belgium at the world champions in 1999 in Chile, 2000 in Colombia, 2001 in France, and 2002 in Belgium.



Sponsers

Kathie: Who have you been sponsored by?

Britta: I was sponsored by Mogema for 2 years and since 2002 I have been a member of Team Bont International.



Races and Venues.

Kathie: In how many countries have you skated?

Britta: In all of Western Europe, and also in Hungary, Chile, Colombia and South Africa

Kathie: What is your favorite outdoor speed skating event?

Britta: That is a tough question. I like the Grand Prix of Zurich a lot. I guess I like any event where there is a big croud, it's a beautiful sunny day, and the surface is good. I think the World Championships will always be my number one event. I also like watching and racing in the European championships. But I also appreciate the nice small races in Holland, and of course I like the 3-day Flanders International Grand Prix in August, which take place on my home town track in Zandvoorde, near Ostend, Belgium.

Kathie: What is your favorite indoor skating venue?

Britta: I have skated indoors in Belgium. If I had to choose, I would select the indoor track of Gent (Ghent).

Kathie: What is your favorite outdoor skating track?

Britta: I like to skate on the red track of Pamplona and the track of Gujan-Mestras. Also the track of Oostende is one of my favourites, but if I have a choice, I prefer to skate on the road.

Personal life

Kathie: What do you like to do for fun when you're not skating?

Britta: I like to hang out with my friends, watch movies, listen to music and I like to watch the soccer games of my brother.

Kathie: Do you have any plans for the future?

Britta: First, I would like to keep doing a combination of skating and studying. After university I would like to have a physiology business of my own. Or maybe I would like to go to sporting events as a physiologist.

Ice Speed Skating.

Kathie: What about ice speed skating. Have you tried it?

Britta: Of course! I live in Belgium! Sometimes in winter the river next to the track freezes and then we can ice skate on the river, but I also have done some more professional ice speed skating in Holland on a 400 meter track. I don't like ice speed skating as much as inline speed skating, but I will probably try it again in the future.

Heros and Role Models

Kathie: Which skaters do you admire the most?

Britta: When I was a little girl my big hero was the Belgian girl Hilde Goovaerts. I guess I was her biggest fan! She really was my hero and I wanted to become a world champion like she was, and well ... that is still my dream. I think this is one of the things I enjoy the most about skating - trying to climb to the top and trying to stay there.

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