Alex Stanley

Date of Birth:
Hometown: Nottingham
Twitter: @Alex157Stanley 

Alex Whelbourne

Alex has been competing in short track speed skating for the past eleven years and has been a member of the squad since 2005.

In 2005 Alex represented Team GB at the Winter Youth Olympics, and in 2008 the Nottingham native took gold at the European Championships in the Ladies 3000m Relay.

Alex is joined on the squad by younger brother Jack and has ambitions to compete at the Sochi Games in 2014.

What was your first major competition for Great Britain?
In 2005 I represented Great Britain at the Winter Youth Olympics.

What is your favourite distance to skate and why?
I really enjoy the 1000m because I am confident and have a proven method for success.
What is your greatest achievement to date? Winning gold in the women’s relay at the European Championships in 2008.
What is your sporting ambition?
To compete at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 alongside my brother and my husband.
What was your highlight of 2011-2012Racing how I would at an international at the British Championships which is difficult with only four skaters.
What is your favourite sporting memory? Being lucky to have witnessed the first British team to break a world record, and my brother and husband were two of the relay members.
Tip for the top: Attitude is everything.
How would you like to be remembered? First girl from Nottingham to make the Winter Olympics for Short Track. 
Why speed skating? It's so physically demanding, the training is varied and strength is needed in many areas of fitness.

Do you do any sports outside of skating? I have recently started coaching my dads rugby team.
Who is your sporting hero? Michael Jordan
Any sporting family members? My brother Jack and my husband both skate and my dad plays rugby.
Life after skating: I'm looking forward to starting a family but also preparing to go into personal training after I retire.
Who is your biggest influence? Parents, brother and now my husband, they all give me different kinds of support.
Who inspired you most at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics? Jessica Ennis, after her struggles through injury, then becoming the nations hope, she still kept her form to reproduce an outstanding performance. 

Films/TV shows:
Hollyoaks, New Girl, Bones, Castle, New Batman, Transformers 
Band/Music: Paramore, Tinie Tempah, Take That - most things
Lasagne and enchiladas
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and taking the dog out
Place to skate:  Moscow, Russia

International Results (last four seasons)

2009/2010 Season
6th place Ladies World Team Championships
5th place European Championships Ladies Relay
8th place World Cup Ladies Relay

2010/2011 Season
24th place World Championships 1000m
21st place World Cup 1500m
22nd place World Cup 1000m
23rd place World Cup 500m

2011/2012 season
25th place in 500M and 31st place in 1500M at World Cup, Salt Lake
27th place in 500M and 29th place in 1500M at World Cup, Saguenay
Overall 4th place – Star Class, Hasselt, Belgium
Overall 3rd place – British Championships, Nottingham
Overall 5th place – Star Class, Grenoble

2012/2013 season
6th place – Ladies Relay – European Championships, Malmo, Sweden
11th place in Ladies Relay at World Cup, Dresden, Germany
26th place in 1000M and 31st place in 1500M – World Cup, Dresden, Germany
Overall 1st place - 1st place in 1500M – Star Class Albertville, France
1st place in Star Class 1000M – Star Class Albertville, France
1st place in Star Class 500M – Star Class Albertville, France
Overall 2nd place – Star Class, Hasselt, Belgium
1st place in 500M – Star Class, Hasselt, Belgium
2nd place in 1500M – Star Class, Hasselt, Belgium
5th place in 1000M – Star Class, Hasselt, Belgium

AMBITIONS FOR SOCHI:  Ladies Relay Medal

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