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Ida HULKKO
Sport Swimming
NOC Finland   
GenderWomen
Born12 Dec 1998 in Mikkeli, FIN
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tampere, FIN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Finnish
Higher education
English - University of Tampere: Finland
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
TaTU Tampere: Finland
Name of coach
Jere Jannes [club]
Training Regime
She has 15 training sessions a week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Taking saunas, ice swimming. (isl.global, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (idahulkko.fi, 14 Oct 2021)
Injuries
She has broken her nose twice in the pool during her career. (is.fi, 03 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every challenge is an opportunity." (idahulkko.fi, 11 May 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, and to become a pilot. (hs.fi, 06 Dec 2021; Instagram profile, 04 Jul 2021; yle.fi, 13 May 2021)
Other information
US COLLEGE STINT
She spent time studying and training at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, United States of America, before cutting her time there short and returning to Finland. "I could not be myself and others did not understand my outspoken actions. Many were playing sports at half measures and it was hard to fit into a group where you want to operate at full power. I learned that you should not just go with the group because others are going, but really think for yourself and question things. I'm kind of selfish, and I think an athlete has to be." (swimcloud.com, 17 May 2021; yle.fi, 13 May 2021)

MOST IMPORTANT TOOL
In July 2021 she posed naked in the Finnish publication Helsingin Sanomat. "Here it is. Uncovered and real. Not perfect but does its job pretty well. The most important tool for an athlete is his or her own body. Decades of work leave their mark. Muscles as well as broad shoulders attract the most attention among co-workers. To me, they tell me about all the hours full of pain and vomiting I've spent in the pool and will be spending. It's not easy to undress and stand without the slightest hiding place. The sport is raw and each race performance is the sum of the puzzle pieces. But at the same time, every performance and the ensuing debate is a mirror of society." (Instagram profile, 04 Jul 2021; iltalehti.fi, 03 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
12 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.02
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Breaststroke 31.23
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Breaststroke 1:08.34
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Breaststroke  DSQ
6 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Breaststroke 29.88
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Breaststroke 30.45
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.55
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 26.44
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.73
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 30.19
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:01.96
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 31.02
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:08.04
44 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 26.76 
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Individual Medley  DNS
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 29.82
7 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:04.98
6 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.88
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle  DNS
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 29.95
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:05.63
6 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.97
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 30.24
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:33.21
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.08
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.42
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 30.82