European Youth Olympics Festival

Hilla Hannola

Finland

22 years old

Alpine skiing

Won alpine combined at 2016 National Championships; Medalled at National Championships (2015, 2017, 2018)

Finnish, English, Swedish

Interview

What are your passions and hobbies?

I love doing and watching all sorts of sports! Nowadays I do CrossFit and also work as a coach. I’m passionate and interested in studying medicine, too.

 

What is your secret superpower (or one you would like to have)?

Positivity. I think there is something to learn from everyone. And I would love to learn how to teleport. It would make my busy life much easier, hah!

 

What is your favourite dish from your country?

Reindeer shivering with lingonberry jam.

 

Who is the most inspiring athlete for you?

Tanja Poutiainen-Rinne (Finnish Alpine skier).

 

The words I live by are… (motivational quote)

“Eventually, hard work pays off.”

 

What motivated you to apply for the EYOA programme?

I was contacted by our NOC and I got excited right away!

 

What are your goals as an EYOA?

To learn new things, to do the best I can to help my team, and to have fun 🙂

 

What would be your dream job in the future?

Medical doctor.

 

What are your expectations from being an EYOA and the EYOF in Vuokatti (FIN)?

I hope I can be part of this awesome event for some young athletes as I once was.

 

What does Olympism mean to you?

Unity, equality and great sportsmanship.

 

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