Erika Salumäe

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Erika Salumäe
Erika Salumäe vastuvõtt Raekoja platsil 1992.jpg
Erika Salumäe in 1992
Personal information
Full nameErika Salumäe
Born (1962-06-11) 11 June 1962 (age 59)
Pärnu, Estonia
Team information
DisciplineTrack cycling

Erika Salumäe (born 11 June 1962) is an Estonian track bicycle racer who won the first Olympic gold medal for Estonia after the country regained its independence in 1991.

She was born in Pärnu. She trained at VSS Kalev in Tallinn. At the 1983 Summer Universiade she won two gold medals, in the women's sprint and women's 500 m time trial and the silver medal in the women's points race.[1] Salumäe won the gold medal in track cycling at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, competing for the USSR team and in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, competing for Estonia.[2]

At World Championships from 1984 to 1989, she won 2 golds (1987 and 1989), 2 silvers (1984 and 1986) and 1 bronze (1995).[3] 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, the Estonian version of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional dancing partner was Kristjan Kuusk.


  1. ^ "Track Cycling Universiade". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Erika Salumäe Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 30 July 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ Erika Salumäe Archived 11 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine Estonian Olympic Committee.
Preceded by Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Preceded by Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Preceded by Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Preceded by Estonian Sportswoman of the Year
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