A Girl Like You – Annika Malacinski
Women Fitness|Women Fitness July 2024
Annika Malacinski's journey from a gymnast to a Nordic combined athlete is inspiring.
A Girl Like You – Annika Malacinski

Growing up amidst the scenic beauty of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and later spending twelve formative years in Finland, she developed a deep connection with winter sports. At 16, she made a bold transition from gymnastics to Nordic combined, a sport demanding both skiing prowess and ski jumping skills. Her dedication and hard work quickly bore fruit, leading her to compete at her first international event at the FIS Youth Cup in Oberstdorf. Annika's story is a testament to her resilience and passion, making her a role model for aspiring athletes worldwide.

We are thrilled to feature Annika Malacinski on the cover of Women Fitness International Magazine, July issue. Her remarkable journey from gymnastics to Nordic combined has captured the hearts of many, showcasing her unwavering determination and exceptional talent. Join us as we delve deeper into her story, exploring the challenges, triumphs, and motivations that have shaped her athletic career.

Where were you born and had your early education? You used to do gymnastics and at the age of 16 years started Nordic Combined. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been the leading sports woman as a Nordic Combined skier and ski jumper in USA and Finland. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance.

I was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and my early education was split between two continents. Every year, I spent the first semester of school from August to December in Rovaniemi, Finland, before flying back to the U.S. to complete the second semester and enjoy the summer. This transatlantic routine continued for 11 years of my life. Growing up, I was immersed in a wide array of sports and loved every moment of it.

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