Aino-Kaisa Saarinen gets a new coach

08 August 2011 14:27

Aino-Kaisa has started cooperation with new coach, Ismo Hämäläinen.

The Finnish ace Aino-Kaisa Saarinen went through last season without a personal coach but with a support of mentors. This spring the queen of World Championships in Liberec 2009 felt again it was time to use services of a personal trainer.

"I wanted also another person sharing the responsibility, however my input for what I do for my training is still big. In spring and summer I had several conversations with various people. Then we got into cooperation with Ismo. I know him well and I know his ways of work. It is good he lives Heinola, so we will be able to see each other quite often, even though he will not be directly involved in training camps and competitions," Aino-Kaisa explains.

Aino-Kaisa Saarinen knows Hämäläinen from the 2002-6 period, when he was Finnish women's national team coach. Then he spent three years with the German women's national team. He is also a trainer at Finnish Athletics Federation and personal coach for Finnish 3000 m steeplechase European Champion Jukka Keskisalo. Overall, he has solid background in long distance running, which Saarinen also likes.

 “I like running as form of training. It’s nice to get new inputs in training, relaxation and technique in running”, Saarinen says. Aino-Kaisa's summer training has passed in traditional way. 
"I have done a lot of rollerskiing in free technique using one pole only. I think that has already improved my technique" she says.

Racing week in Norway

Aino-Kaisa travels to Norway on Tuesday, where she participates in the Toppidrettsveka. Saarinen will be competing in five races, three rollerskiing, and one running and on biking competition. "I wanted to go there, because there has always been good races,"Aino-Kaisa explained. The best Finnish lady goes for next training camp in St. Moritz on August 22 together with the rest of the Finnish team.

Contributed by Heidi Lehikoinen,