Loena Hendrickx

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Loena Hendrickx
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Hendrickx in 2018
Personal information
Country representedBelgium
Born (1999-11-05) 5 November 1999 (age 19)
Turnhout, Belgium
Home townArendonk
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
CoachCarine Herrygers
ChoreographerSandy Suy, Adam Solya
Skating clubN.O.T. Turnhout
Training locationsTurnhout
Began skating2004
ISU personal best scores
Combined total204.16
2018 Nebelhorn Trophy
Short program71.50
2018 Nebelhorn Trophy
Free skate132.66
2018 Nebelhorn Trophy

Loena Hendrickx (pronounced LOOH-nah; born 5 November 1999) is a Belgian figure skater. She is the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist, the 2017 International Challenge Cup champion, the 2016 International Cup of Nice silver medalist, the 2016 NRW Trophy silver medalist, and a three-time Belgian national champion (2017–2019).

Hendrickx has finished within the top ten at two European Championships (2017, 2018) and one World Championship. She placed 16th at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Loena Hendrickx was born in Turnhout, Belgium.[1] She is the younger sister of Belgian figure skater Jorik Hendrickx.[2][3]


Early years[edit]

Hendrickx began learning to skate in 2004.[1] She appeared internationally on the advanced novice level from December 2012 through December 2013 and then moved up to the junior ranks.[4]

2014–2015 season[edit]

Coached by Carine Herrygers in Turnhout,[5] Hendrickx debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, finishing seventeenth in Dresden, Germany. She went on to win her second junior national title and then placed sixteenth at the 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival. She closed her season with junior bronze medals at the International Challenge Cup and Coupe du Printemps.

2015–2016 season[edit]

Competing in the 2015–16 ISU Junior Grand Prix series, Hendrickx placed fourteenth in Riga, Latvia, and then eleventh in Logroño, Spain. Her senior international debut came in October 2015 at the International Cup of Nice; she finished seventh at the event. She missed the second half of the season due to a spinal fracture and resumed skating after six months.[6]

2016–2017 season[edit]

After the closure of Turnhout's ice rink, Hendrickx and her brother decided to train at a temporary rink.[6] Although still age-eligible to compete on the junior level, she focused on senior events. Starting her season on the ISU Challenger Series, she placed seventh at both the 2016 CS Nebelhorn Trophy and 2016 CS Finlandia Trophy. In October 2016, she won her first senior international medal – silver at the International Cup of Nice.[7] In November, she was awarded silver at the NRW Trophy and gold at the Belgian Championships.[8] A lack of financial support led to her having to decline an invitation to an international event in Russia.[9]

In January 2017, Hendrickx competed at her first ISU Championship – the European Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. She suffered from foot pain during the event, but nevertheless placed eleventh in the short program and advanced to the free skate, in which she ranked seventh, resulting in a final placement of seventh.[9]

In February 2017, Hendrickx won gold at the International Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. In March, she placed seventeenth in the short, fourteenth in the free, and fifteenth overall at the 2017 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Due to her result, Belgium qualified a spot in the ladies' event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Subsequent to this, she received some financial reimbursement from the Belgian figure skating federation for her expenses, having previously financed her career entirely by herself.[10]

2017–2018 season[edit]

A knee injury forced Hendrickx to withdraw from three events early in the season.[11] In December, she repeated as Belgian national champion. In January, she placed fifth at the 2018 European Championships in Moscow, Russia. The following month, she represented Belgium at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where she and her brother Jorik were the only siblings competing in the singles skating events. The journey to Pyeongchang, South Korea, was the longest Hendrickx had ever traveled before, and the first time their mother had attended a major international event to watch them compete in person.[10] She placed sixteenth overall.[12]

At the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy, Hendrickx set new personal bests in both segments to finish in ninth place. Her result qualified Belgium to send two skaters to compete at the 2019 World Championships.

2018–2019 season[edit]

Hendrickx began her season at the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, winning the bronze medal, her first Challenger medal. She achieved her goal of landing a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination cleanly in both her short and free programs.[13]

Her placement at the 2018 World Championships qualified her for two assignments on the 2018-19 Grand Prix. Making her first visit to the United States for 2018 Skate America, Hendrickx scored 54.13 in the short program, but withdrew before the free skate due to medical reasons.[13][14] She placed fifth at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki, her second event.


Season Short program Free skating
  • Diferente
    by Gotan Project
  • Adagio
    performed by Lara Fabian
    choreo. by Sandy Suy
  • Soapdish
    by Alan Silvestri


GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Event 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19
Olympics 16th
Worlds 15th 9th 12th
Europeans 7th 5th WD
GP Finland 5th
GP Skate America WD
CS Finlandia 7th
CS Nebelhorn 7th 3rd
CS Tallinn Trophy WD
Cup of Nice 7th 2nd
Challenge Cup 1st
NRW Trophy 2nd
Santa Claus Cup 2nd
International: Junior[20][4]
JGP Austria 9th
JGP Germany 17th
JGP Latvia 14th
JGP Spain 11th
Coupe Printemps 6th 3rd
EYOF 16th
Challenge Cup 3rd
International: Advanced novice[4]
Coupe Printemps 10th
NRW Trophy 7th 10th
Rooster Cup 5th
Belgian Champ. 1st J 1st J 1st 1st 1st
J = Junior level; TBD = Assigned


  1. ^ a b c "Loena HENDRICKX: 2018/2019". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Loena Hendrickx naar Olympische Winterspelen voor de Jeugd: 'Focussen op eigen prestatie'" [Loena Hendrickx at Olympic Winter Youth Games: "Focusing on my own performance"]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 22 January 2015.
  3. ^ Geurts, Mireille; Tolsma, Joy; Tolsma, Titia (21 January 2012). "Following the journey of a young figure skater - Jorik Hendrickx: Part 2". Absolute Skating.
  4. ^ a b c "Loena HENDRICKX". rinkresults.com.
  5. ^ a b "Loena HENDRICKX: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (8 February 2017). "Breakthrough for Belgium's "late bloomer" Jorik Hendrickx". Golden Skate.
  7. ^ "Loena Hendrickx pakt eerste medaille bij seniors: "Ze beginnen me te kenen"" [Loena Hendrickx wins her first senior medal]. Gazet van Antwerpen (in Dutch). 26 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Familie Hendrickx domineert Belgisch kampioenschap kunstschaatsen" [Hendrickx family dominates Belgian Figure Skating Championships]. sporza.be (in Dutch). 20 November 2011.
  9. ^ a b Flade, Tatjana (27 January 2017). "Untouchable Medvedeva cruises to second European title". Golden Skate.
  10. ^ a b Yoshida, Hiro (20 February 2018). "JORIK AND LOENA HENDRICKX: SHARING AN OLYMPIC DREAM". Europe on Ice.
  11. ^ Kondakova, Anna (20 January 2018). "Zagitova edges out Medvedeva for European title in debut". Golden Skate.
  12. ^ "Athlete Profile - Loena HENDRICKX". pyeongchang2018.com. Archived from the original on 20 April 2018.
  13. ^ a b c Kane, David (15 October 2018). "Loena Hendrickx on the rise, making Grand Prix debut at Skate America". NBC Sports.
  14. ^ @ISU_Figure (21 October 2018). "#LoenaHendrickx (BEL) has withdrawn from the Ladies Free Skating at #SkateAmerica citing illness. We wish a quick recovery. #GPFigure #figureskating" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Hendrix, Leona (12 July 2017). "I proudly announce the music of my short program: "Frozen" by Madonna. Here you have a sneak peak!" (Instagram).
  16. ^ Hendrix, Leona (19 July 2017). "Thank you for all the positive comments on my short program! It means a lot to me! I am excited to hear what you think of my long program? Music: "Differente" by Gotan Project" (Instagram).
  17. ^ "Loena HENDRICKX: 2017/2018". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Loena HENDRICKX: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Loena HENDRICKX: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Competition Results: Loena HENDRICKX". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 September 2018.

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