Meet Estonia's 2014 Olympic Team (1)

2/7/2014 3:00 PM
Category: Sports

The Estonian team in Sochi is made up of 25 athletes competing in six disciplines: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, Nordic combined and ski jumping.

Below we've listed some basic bio information for each, along with the schedule of the events in which they are due to participate. Please note, however, that participation in some events depends on how athletes place in earlier rounds. In those cases, we have marked the event in italics.

For photo credits, scroll to the end of the article.

Alpine Skiing

Warren Cummings Smith

Events: Men's slalom, men's giant slalom

Age: 21
Home town: Dedham, Massachusetts, USA
Career highlights: 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - 36th place in men's slalom

February 19 at 09:00 Men's giant slalom Run 1
February 19 at 12:30 Men's giant slalom Run 2
February 22 at 14:45 Men's slalom Run 1
February 22 at 18:45 Men's slalom Run 2

Triin Tobi

Events: Women's slalom, women's giant slalom
Age: 18
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Games, Innsbruck - 14th place in girls' slalom

February 18 at 09:00 Women's giant slalom Run 1
February 18 at 12:30 Women's giant slalom Run 2
February 21 at 14:45 Women's slalom Run 1
February 21 at 18:45 Women's slalom Run 2

 

Biathlon

Kalev Ermits

Events: Men's 10 km sprint, men's 12.5 km pursuit, men's 20 km individual, men's 15 km mass start, men's 4x7.5 km relay, mixed relay
Age: 21
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2013 IBU Cup, Idre - 13th place in men's 10 km sprint

February 8 at 16:30 Men's 10 km sprint
February 10 at 17:00 Men's 12.5km pursuit
February 13 at 16:00 Men's 20 km individual
February 16 at 17:00 Men's 15 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 22 at 16:30 Men's 4x7.5 km relay

Grete Gaim

Events: Women's 7.5 km sprint, women's 10 km pursuit, women's 15 km individual, women's 12.5 km mass start, women's 4x6 km relay
Age: 20
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2013 Biathlon World Championships, Nové Město - 57th place in women's 15 km individual

February 9 at 16:30 Women's 7.5 km sprint
February 11 at 17:00 Women's 10 km pursuit
February 14 at 16:00 Women's 15 km individual
February 17 at 17:00 Women's 12.5 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 21 at 16:30 Women's 4x6 km relay

Darja Jurlova

Events: Women's 7.5 km sprint, women's 10 km pursuit, women's 15 km individual, women's 12.5 km mass start, women's 4x6 km relay, mixed relay
Age:21
Home town: Narva
Career highlights: 2013 Biathlon World Championships, Nové Město - 67th place in women's 7.5 km sprint; 2012 Biathlon World Championships, Ruhpolding - 44th place in women's 7.5 km sprint

February 9 at 16:30 Women's 7.5 km sprint
February 11 at 17:00 Women's 10 km pursuit
February 14 at 16:00 Women's 15 km individual
February 17 at 17:00 Women's 12.5 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 21 at 16:30 Women's 4x6 km relay

Kauri Kõiv

Events: Men's 10 km sprint, men's 12.5 km pursuit, men's 20 km individual, men's 15 km mass start, men's 4x7.5 km relay, mixed Relay
Age: 30
Home town: Elva
Career highlights: 2013 Biathlon World Championships, Nové Město - 31st place in men's 10 km sprint; 2012 Biathlon World Championships, Ruhpolding - 26th place in men's 20 km individual; 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 44th place in men's 20 km individual

February 8 at 16:30 Men's 10 km sprint
February 10 at 17:00 Men's 12.5 km pursuit
February 13 at 16:00 Men's 20 km individual
February 16 at 17:00 Men's 15 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 22 at 16:30 Men's 4x7.5 km relay

Kadri Lehtla

Events: Women's 7.5 km sprint, women's 10 km pursuit, women's 15 km individual, women's 12.5 km mass start, women's 4x6 km relay
Age: 28
Home town: Tallinn

Career highlights: 2012 Biathlon World Championships, Ruhpolding - 22nd place in women's 15 km individual; 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 45th place in women's 15 km individual; 2008 Biathlon World Championships, Östersund - 20th place in women's 7.5 km sprint

February 9 at 16:30 Women's 7.5 km sprint
February 11 at 17:00 Women's 10 km pursuit
February 14 at 16:00 Women's 15 km individual
February 17 at 17:00 Women's 12.5 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 21 at 16:30 Women's 4x6 km relay

Roland Lessing

Events: Men's 10 km sprint, men's 12.5 km pursuit, men's 20 km individual, men's 15 km mass start, men's 4x7.5 km relay, mixed relay
Age: 35
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2008 Biathlon World Championships, Östersund - 17th place in men's 10 km sprint; 2007 Biathlon World Championships, Antholz-Anterselva - 23rd place in men's 20 km individual; 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City - 45th place in men's 20 km individual

February 8 at 16:30 Men's 10 km sprint
February 10 at 17:00 Men's 12.5 km pursuit
February 13 at 16:00 Men's 20 km individual
February 16 at 17:00 Men's 15 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 22 at 16:30 Men's 4x7.5 km relay

Daniil Steptšenko

Events: Men's 10 km sprint, men's 12.5 km pursuit, men's 20 km individual, men's 15 km mass start, men's 4x7.5 km relay, mixed Relay
Age: 27
Home town: Narva
Career highlights: 2012 Biathlon World Championships, Ruhpolding - 74th place in men's 10 km sprint

February 8 at 16:30 Men's 10 km sprint
February 10 at 17:00 Men's 12.5 km pursuit
February 13 at 16:00 Men's 20 km individual
February 16 at 17:00 Men's 15 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 22 at 16:30 Men's 4x7.5 km relay

Johanna Talihärm

Events: Women's 7.5 km sprint, women's 10 km pursuit, women's 15 km individual, women's 12.5 km mass start, women's 4x6 km relay
Age: 20
Home town: Tallinn
Career highlights: 2013 Biathlon World Championships, Nové Město - 85th place in women's 7.5 km sprint

February 9 at 16:30 Women's 7.5 km sprint
February 11 at 17:00 Women's 10 km pursuit
February 14 at 16:00 Women's 15 km individual
February 17 at 17:00 Women's 12.5 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 21 at 16:30 Women's 4x6 km relay


Indrek Tobreluts

Events: Men's 10 km sprint, men's 12.5 km pursuit, men's 20 km individual, men's 15 km mass start, men's 4x7.5 km relay, mixed Relay
Age: 37
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 31st place in men's 10 km sprint; 2007 Biathlon World Championships, Antholz-Anterselva - 20th place in men's 10 km sprint; 2003 Biathlon World Championships, Khanty-Mansiysk - 18th place in men's 10 km sprint; 2000 Biathlon World Championships, Lahti - 17th place in men's 10 km sprint

February 8 at 16:30 Men's 10 km sprint
February 10 at 17:00 Men's 12.5 km pursuit
February 13 at 16:00 Men's 20 km individual
February 16 at 17:00 Men's 15 km mass start
February 19 at 16:30 Mixed Relay
February 22 at 16:30 Men's 4x7.5 km relay

Cross-Country Skiing

Algo Kärp

Events: Men's 15 km classic, men's 4x10 km relay
Home town: Kolga-Jaani
Career highlights: 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Oslo - 23rd place in men's 15 km classic; 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 41st place in men's 50 km mass start

February 14 at 12:00 Men's 15 km classic
February 16 at 12:00 Men’s 4x10 km relay

Peeter Kümmel

Events: Men's sprint free, men's 4x10 km relay, men's team sprint classic
Age: 31
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 14th place in men's sprint classic; 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin - 38st place in men's sprint free

February 11 at 12:25-15:30 Men's sprint free
February 16 at 12:00 Men’s 4x10 km relay
February 19 at 12:06-14:15 Men's team sprint classic

Triin Ojaste



Events: Women's sprint free, women's 10 km classic
Age: 23
Home town: Rakvere
Career highlights: 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme- 25th place in women's sprint; 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Oslo - 34th place in women's sprint; 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 37th place in women's sprint

February 11 at 12:00-15:22 Women's sprint free
February 13 at 12:00 Women's 10 km classic

Raido Ränkel

Events: Men's sprint free, men's 15 km classic, men's 4x10 km relay, men's team sprint classic
Age: 24
Home town: Sõmeru Parish, Lääne-Viru County
Career highlights: 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme- 57th place in men's sprint; 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme- 49th place in men's sprint; 2013 FIS U23 Nordic World Ski Championships, Liberec - 15th place in men's sprint

February 11 at 12:25-15:30 Men's sprint free
February 14 at 12:00 Men's 15 km classic
February 16 at 12:00 Men’s 4x10 km relay
February 19 at 12:06-14:15 Men's team sprint classic

Aivar Rehemaa

Events: Men's skiathlon 15 km classic + 15 km free, men's 15 km classic, men's 4x10 km relay, men's team sprint classic, men's 50 km mass start
Age: 31
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme - 7th place in men's 15 km free; 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 34th place in 50 km mass start; 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Liberec - 10th place in 50 km mass start; 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin - 32nd place in men's 30 km pursuit, 35th place in 50 km mass start; 2003 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme - 19th place in 30 km mass start

February 9 at 12:00 Men's skiathlon 15 km classic + 15 km free
February 14 at 12:00 Men's 15 km classic
February 16 at 12:00 Men’s 4x10 km relay
February 19 at 12:06-14:15 Men's team sprint classic
February 23 at 09:00 Men's 50 km mass start

Siim Sellis

Events: Men's sprint free, men's team sprint classic
Age: 26
Home town: Tali village, Pärnu County
Career highlights: 2010 FIS U23 Nordic World Ski Championships, Hinterzarten - 17th place in men's sprint freestyle

February 11 at 12:25-15:30 Men's sprint free
February 19 at 12:06-14:15 Men's team sprint classic

Karel Tammjärv

Events: Men's 15 km classic, men's 4x10 km relay, men's 50 km mass start
Age: 24
Home town: Tartu
Career highlights: 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 46th place in 15 km classic + 15 km free; 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Oslo - 26th place in men's 15 km classic

February 14 at 12:00 Men's 15 km classic
February 16 at 12:00 Men’s 4x10 km relay
February 23 at 09:00 Men's 50 km mass start

 

Figure Skating

Jelena Glebova

Events: Ladies' short program, ladies' free program
Age: 24
Home town: Tallinn
Career highlights: 2014 European Figure Skating Championships, Budapest - 7th place, individual; 2013 World Figure Skating World Championships, London, Ontario - 16th place, individual; 2012 World Figure Skating World Championships, Nice - 13th place, individual; 2012 European Figure Skating Championships, Tallinn - 10th place, individual; 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 21st place, individual; 2006 Winter Games, Turin - 28th place, individual

February 19 at 17:00 Ladies short program
February 20 at 17:00 Ladies free program

Viktor Romanenkov

Events: Men's short program, men's free program
Age: 20
Home town: Tallinn
Career highlights: 2013 World Figure Skating World Championships, London, Ontario - 22nd place, individual, 2013 European Figure Skating Championships, Zagreb - 17th place, individual

February 13 at 17:00 Men's short program
February 14 at 17:00 Men's free program


Nordic Combined

Kristjan Ilves

Events: Individual normal hill, individual large hill
Age: 17
Home town: Tartu

Career highlights: 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme - 39th place in individual LH; 2012 Youth Winter Olympics, Innsbruck - 7th place in individual LH

February 12 at 11:30 Normal hill, jumping
February 12 at 14:30 Normal hill, cross-country skiing
February 18 at 11:30 Large hill, jumping
February 18 at 14:00 Large hill, cross-country skiing

Han Hendrik Piho

Events: Individual normal hill, individual large hill
Age: 20
Home town: Võru

Career highlights: 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme - 33rd place in individual NH

February 12 at 11:30 Normal hill, jumping
February 12 at 14:30 Normal hill, cross-country skiing
February 18 at 11:30 Large hill, jumping
February 18 at 14:00 Large hill, cross-country skiing

Karl-August Tiirmaa

Events: Individual normal hill, individual large hill
Age: 24
Home town: Võru

Career highlights:
2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme - 45th place in individual LH; 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Oslo - 40th place in individual LH, 44th in individual NH; 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Librec - 39th place

February 12 at 11:30 Normal hill, jumping
February 12 at 14:30 Normal hill, cross-country skiing
February 18 at 11:30 Large hill, jumping
February 18 at 14:00 Large hill, cross-country skiing

Ski Jumping

Kaarel Nurmsalu

Events: Men's normal hill individual, men's large hill individual
Age: 22
Home town: Rakvere
Career highlights: 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Val di Fiemme - 26th place in NH individual and 26th place in LH individual

February 8 at 18:30 Normal hill, qualification
February 9 at 19:30 Normal hill, round 1
February 9 at 20:45 Normal hill, final
February 14 at 19:30 Large hill, qualification
February 15 at 19:30 Large hill, round 1
February 15 at 20:45 Large hill final

Siim-Tanel Sammelselg

Events: Men's normal hill individual, men's large hill individual
Age: 20
Home town: Tallinn
Career highlights: 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Oslo - Participated, did not qualify

February 8 at 18:30 Normal hill, qualification
February 9 at 19:30 Normal hill, round 1
February 9 at 20:45 Normal hill, final
February 14 at 19:30 Large hill, qualification
February 15 at 19:30 Large hill, round 1
February 15 at 20:45 Large hill final

 

Photo credits: 

Alpine skiers: Private collection
Biathletes: Photos by Andreas Nigol, Lessing photo by Margus Ansu/Scanpix
Cross country skiers: Photos courtesy of Nordic Focus, Rehemaa photo Mihkel Maripuu/Scanpix
Figure skating: Glebova by Liis Treimann/Scanpix, Romanenkov by Mihkel Maripuu/Scanpix
Nordic combined: Photos courtesy of Nordic Focus
Ski Jumpers: Photos courtesy of Nordic Focus

 


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