Suvi Mikkonen

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Suvi Mikkonen (born 11 July 1988 in Dragsfjärd) is a Finnish taekwondo practitioner.[1][2][3] Mikkonen is a Finnish national champion, three times the Nordic champion (2008, 2010, 2011) and won the European University Championship in 2009. She has competed in the 2009 and 2011 World Championships and the 2008 European Championships. Currently, she is a member of the Finnish National Team and, when in Finland, trains in Helsinki, capital of Finland. She lives permanently in Madrid and trains with her coach and partner, Jesus Ramal, the head Olympic coach for the Finnish National Team.

Mikkonen started Taekwondo training at a gym opened by Chuck Norris at the age of four in Florida, where she moved with her family. Mikkonen moved to Madrid as a teenager, and is studying Sport Sciences at the University of Madrid. She is fluent in Finnish,Spanish and English.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the under 57 kg defeating the Senegalese Bineta Diedhiou in the first round,[4] but was defeated by eventual silver medalist Hou Yuzhuo of China in the quarterfinals.[5] After defeated by Hou Yuzhuo, she entered the Repechage and defeated Diana Lopez of the USA. Eventually she got 5th place for being defeated by Tseng LI-cheng of Chinese Taipei in the Bronze medal matches.

She qualified for the 2016 Olympics. In Rio, she beat Julia Vasconcelos Dos Santos in the last sixteen before losing to Nikita Glasnovic.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Results - Official Records". 11 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Suvi Mikkonen" (in Finnish). Finnish Taekwondo Federation. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Suvi Mikkonen Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  4. ^ "Women's -57kg Results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Women's -57kg Results". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Results - Women 57kg - Taekwondo - Rio 2016 - Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2017-08-22.