I'm a 100m hurdler from Finland who likes everything to do with athletics..and american football. I did BA in communication, broadcasting and journalism at Clemson University in South Carolina. Can read 5 languages and speak 3½. I've worked at Finnish Broadcasting Company, Fox Carolina, athleticos.org and written for newspapers.
Stories by Annimari
- Yohan Blake wants to bring cricket back to Jamaica
SPRINT sensation Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake loves his cricket and he’s now going to put his money where his mouth is in a bid to bring the sport back to the fore in Jamaica.
- Discus to NFL: who is going to make it?
British discus record holder Lawrence Okoye is trying out for the NFL, but the former discus World Junior Record holder turned American football player Margus Hunt thinks Okoye's chances are unlikely.
- Felix Sanchez is not ready to retire yet
The two-time Olympic champion, two-time world champion, the man who was undefeated for 43 races in four years, is still hungry for more success. Sanchez’s next goal is to win World Athletics Championships in Moscow 2013 to become the first 400m hurdler to win three gold medals.
- Catching up with Commonwealth Champion Andy Turner
Andy Turner is a Commonwealth and European Champion in 110m hurdles. He also won a bronze medal in 2011 World Athletics Championships. His 2012 season was slowed down by injuries in which he received a surgery in October. Turner has been doing rehab at St Mary’s University College.
- Asafa Powell has no intention of slowing down yet
The former 100m world record holder endured an Olympics to forget this summer, finishing last in the 100m final after an untimely recurrence of an old groin injury.
- Hansle Parchment - the next star of Jamaica
The 22-year-old Jamaican made history as he won bronze in the 110m hurdles in the London 2012 Olympics with a new national record. Jamaica’s first ever medal in the sprint hurdles.
- The bounciest man on earth jumps for God
Will Claye can be called the bounciest man on earth. The 21-year-old won two Olympic medals in two different jumping events at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
- Student and an Olympic medalist? Not a problem.
Many people think it is impossible to truly succeed in sports if you don’t put all your time into it. Especially in Europe athletes quit university to focus on athletics. I interviewed athletes who have been able to balance academics and athletics very well. One of them is a London 2012 Olympic champion.
- The most successful sprint coach in the world
Behind every athlete there is a great coach. Recently confirmed as the greatest sprint coach in the world, he is the man behind, not just Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, but also the 200m Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir and the newest under 20 second 200m runner, Jason Young. It has long been wondered why the Jamaicans are so successful. Annimari Korte went to Jamaica to talk to the most successful sprint coach in the world, Glen Mills. It is not a mystery.
- UKA funding – performance or personal preference
UKA has released the names of the athletes who will receive funding from the World Class Performance Program for 2013. As every year, not everyone is happy with the selections. I interviewed 400m hurdler Jack Green who did receive the funding, and a sprinter Richard Kilty, who did not receive funding despite running faster than many others on the program.