Erika Salumäe

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Erika Salumäe
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Erika Salumäe signing a book "To stay alive" about her life
Personal information
Full name Erika Salumäe
Born (1962-06-11) June 11, 1962 (age 52)
Pärnu, Estonia
Team information
Discipline Track
Role Rider
Infobox last updated on
September 7, 2008

Erika Salumäe (born 11 June 1962 in Pärnu) is an Estonian track bicycle racer who won the first Olympic gold medal for Estonia after the country regained its independence in 1991. As of 2014 she remains as the only Estonian female medallist at the Summer Olympics after getting their independence.

She was born in Pärnu. She trained at VSS Kalev in Tallinn. Salumäe won gold medal in track cycling in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, competing for the USSR team and in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, competing for Estonia. From 1981 to 1989, she won 10 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals in the World Championships. From 1982 to 1989, she set 15 world records and was elected the Best Estonian Athlete in 1983, 1984, 1987–1990, 1992, 1995, and 1996.

In 2008, Salumäe participated as a celebrity contestant on the third season of Tantsud tähtedega, an Estonian version of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional dancing parner was Kristjan Kuusk.

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Awards
Preceded by
Inna Rose
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
19831984
Succeeded by
Kaija Parve-Helinurm
Preceded by
Kaija Parve-Helinurm
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
19871990
Succeeded by
Kristiina Nurk
Preceded by
Kristiina Nurk
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
1992
Succeeded by
Oksana Jermakova
Preceded by
Margrit Tooman
Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
19951996
Succeeded by
Kristina Šmigun