Olympics Opponents’ ears are tough when Ida Hulkko tunes himself into the race

Ida Hulko’s goal is to make swimming a topic of discussion at Finnish coffee tables. A Tampere resident enjoys being able to develop himself elsewhere than in the pool.


When Ida Hulkko fumbling at the Tokyo Swimming Center on Sunday night, he hopes his stomach is gripping with excitement.

“I enjoy feeling bad and heart beating. Then I know that I am also interested in what the end result is, ”says the Tampere swimmer and laughs.

Such an adrenaline rush is rarely seen in competitions in Finland, and it is not certain even in larger competitions.

In the 100m breaststroke of the early summer European Championships, Hulkon had to look for the right kind of race tone.

“Jere (coach Jere Jännes) said that a pretty tough guy can be if the first Olympics are not exciting. ”

The excitement raises the adrenaline, dropping tenths of a second out of the execution time. They may make the difference between advancing and qualifying.

Hulkko tries to feed this feeling with caffeine and music. The maximum amount of energy drink consumed per can per swimming session. It already makes the heart beat.

The opening rounds of the 100-meter breaststroke will take place on Sunday evening in the evening session. Hulkko walks in the hall a couple of hours before his own performance.

He smells the atmosphere, enjoys the atmosphere, tunes himself.

Before the race, Hulkko will go to the Finnish team’s premises. There is music on the massage table, and the volume button does not point to the southwest.

“At the European Championships, the Swiss team was next door and they came to complain that it was as if there was a nightclub here. Well, that wasn’t our problem. ”

Before Hulkko changes his swimsuit, he puts the headphones on his ears. Rock, pop, what lie. The feeling then survives on race day, even though he declares himself a friend of rock and metal music.

Before the European Championship trip, Hulkko started to get excited at home when he was thinking about a 50-meter breaststroke for the main distance of those competitions.

When the TV suddenly started ringing Whitney Houston I Want To Dance With Somebody, Hulkko laughed and a good feeling took over his mind.

It also rang from Hulko’s headphones as he walked to the starting point of the 50-meter breaststroke. A moment later, he was a silver medalist.

“It’s better to find a new song for every race. Otherwise, it will lose its magic. ”

“I feel like Jerte stole something that belonged to him.”

Eetu Karvonen supervised Ida Hulko’s rehearsals on Friday.

Hulkko will have to cope with his first Olympics without his credit person.

Jere Jännes was still involved in a preparatory camp in Fukuoka, but from there he returned to Finland when the swimmer continued his trip to the Japanese capital.

Coach accreditations are not enough for nearly all personal coaches, and Jännes was one of those eliminated.

When Finnish swimmers got a feel for the Tokyo Olympic pool on Friday, Hulko took time Matti Mattsson personal trainer Eetu Karvonen.

Karvonen and Jännes agreed before the latter to return home, what should be done in the last exercises.

Jännes also received a video of Hulko’s swimming immediately after the workout, from which he gave quick feedback over the phone.

In this respect, everything has worked well for Hulko, but the absence of his own coach still feels bad.

“We’re dealing with Jere for almost five hours every day. I feel like something was stolen from Jere that belonged to him, ”Hulkko said in a slightly colored Friday after rehearsals.

He says he didn’t get his team’s most important piece to the scene.

“I would have liked to share this experience with him, but I’ve already figured it out in a few swear words.”

Tokyo is for Ida Hulko, 22, intermediate. In fact, until two years ago, he didn’t even imagine getting into the whole race.

The Olympic performance limits and Hulko’s level at the time did not rotate in the same readings. He was more than two seconds away from his current mood.

That same time two years ago was also a turning point in Hulko’s career.

“With Jere, only the sky is the limit.”

It was a year behind him at Florida State University in the United States. The university visit ended prematurely and to great disappointment when the local coach commands the style didn’t fit at all.

If Hulkko learned something, then what not to do.

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With Jere Jännes, the pieces quickly fell into place again. My path is outlined.

“With Jere, only the sky is the limit.”

What could that mean?

“Many get to the top, but I want to be one of those who stay there as long as possible. I want to drop steadily deadly good times, and I won’t forget for years. “

Hulkko wants to create a career where he is able to focus carelessly on sports. In other words, there should be enough money to be saved.

“Success does not guarantee anything, but what you are willing to do for visibility. I think I’m on a good path there. I feel that forming partnerships also helps the post-sports career. Few people my age make so many contacts with people in the business world. ”

“My goal is to get swimming on everyone’s lips, at least in some way.”

Ida Hulkko will have to cope in her first Olympics without her credit person with coach Jere Jänne.

In Tokyo Hulk’s peak doesn’t mean a medal yet, but a semi-final place. In Tampere’s recent SE season, 1.06.73 would have finished sixth in the finals of the Rio Games and fourth in London. In the world statistics for this season, it barely reaches 25.

The semi-finals in the second main sport of the Olympics are not a standard treat for Finland today. In the 2012 Games, no Finnish swimmer reached 16, they were able to do so in Rio Jenna Laukkanen and Matti Mattsson.

“It feels like swimming has been out of the limelight and perhaps a downward-looking sport for too long when we haven’t been able to maintain a high standard and media visibility. It seems that a lot of people have forgotten about swimming, even though it is a really traditional and extremely recreational sport all over the world. My goal is to get swimming on everyone’s lips at least in some way, ”says Hulkko.

He recalls the golden times of the 1990s when Antti Kasvion and especially Jani Sievisen the names and faces were known to all the people.

“Now few can name even three active swimmers.”

Hulkko finds this a bit funny, as there are several medalists in the sport. Improving the awareness of the sport would facilitate the rise of future top swimmers.

Hulkko has sought to do this work on social media, where he has been active for a couple of years now.

“At first, it was hard to separate the athlete-me and the other-me. But since it started, it has gone smoothly and I enjoy doing it when I can develop myself other than in the pool. ”

Four medalists in Tokyo

Finland has five swimmers in Tokyo. The number is the same as in Rio 2016.

Swimmers: Ida Hulkko (100 m breaststroke), Mimosa Jallow (100m backstroke), Ari-Pekka Liukkonen (50m freestyle), Matti Mattsson (200m breaststroke), Fanny Teijonsalo (50m freestyle).

Of Finland’s five, Hulkko, Jallow, Liukkonen and Mattsson have won medals at the adult level at a long track in either the European Championships or the World Championships.

The swimming competitions begin in Tokyo on Saturday, July 24th.

History: Finland has won four swimming medals from the Olympics: one silver (Jani Sievinen 1996) and three bronzes (Antti Kasvio 1992, Arvo Aaltonen twice 1920).

Ida For Hulk’s dreams of success, the latter half of a hundred meters is essential.

He may well be at the top swing halfway through, but the last bets have often been too heavy, the technology hasn’t kept up.

This is what Hulkko and coach Jere Jännes also focused on in the finishing training.

“I hope I swam between 1.06.30 and 1.06.50.”

That is, several tenths of a second of the SE time is to be split away in Tokyo.

“If it comes to 1.06 and the bottom, we’ll fight for the semi-finals. Breast swimmers have raised the level so much that you have to swim to the final place at a brisk pace and to get there you have to be super-intensive. ”

“It’s quite shocking to think about how times have evolved so much.”

The peak time of the season is American Lilly King in the name: 1.04.72. As many as ten swimmers have swim less than 1.06 this season. Among them are four Americans, though only the top two made it to Tokyo.

King’s ME is 1.04.13. It is also the limit beyond which Hulkko could be considered to have reached its peak.

Before that you can enjoy. The emotional state rose immediately when Hulkko got to jump into the race pool for the first time on Thursday.

The race village, canteen, other places and athletes have got the atmosphere of Hulko on the ceiling.

“Yesterday I was just shaking, it was hard to catch a dream.”

The excitement promises good.

Ida Hulkko says that her goal is to get swimming on everyone’s lips, at least in some way.

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