Height: 5’6″ / 168 cm
Weight: 123lbs / 55 kg
Birth date: 1991/10/21 in Sibiu, ROM
Residence: Calgary, AB
Boots: Apex Custom
Blades: Maple 16.5”
Glasses: Oakley Radar Orange
Music: Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Kygo
Food: Sushi, Raspberry Cheesecake
Favourite rink: Collalbo, Italia
Languages: Romanian, German, English and French
Hobbies: Skating, cooking, painting, road cycling, tennis and skiing.
Alexandra was born in 1991, in Romania. She started skiing and skating at the age of 2. Her mother was a speed skater but was not able to follow her dream because her parents were teachers who said education was more important than sport. When Alexandra started speed skating her mother encouraged her to follow her dream. At the age of four, Alexandra started playing tennis as they had tennis courts right next to their home.
After moving to Toronto, Ontario with her parents and younger sister, in 2001, Alexandra started speed skating in fall ’01 with the Toronto Cyclones. This was the first time she tried short track speed skating. After training for one year, Alexandra competed in her first competition and won her Ability group. She was hooked. Skating once a week was not enough, so her mother drove her to Brampton once a week, and Markham as well, to have more than one ice session.
In 2007, Alexandra went to Erfurt (GER), Inzell (GER), and Collalbo (ITA), to train with the Romanian National Long Track Team, which was led by her mother’s former coach. (Yes, he still coached!). Realizing she had a higher chance of skating in an Olympics as a long track skater, Alexandra decided to stop skating short track. She later represented Romania at the World Junior Championships in Changchun China, in 2008 as a long track skater.
Later in 2008, Alexandra left her family in Toronto and at the age of 16, moved to Calgary to pursue her dream of representing Canada on the world stage. Thanks to her mother, Sanda, who believed in her daughter’s dreams, she let Alexandra move on her own and follow her heart. She was accepted into the National Sport School, and the Olympic Oval Program. Alexandra has been living alone in Calgary ever since, and is proud to call the Olympic Oval her home base. She represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Finland and the Netherlands in 2011 and on the World Cup Circuit in Japan, Korea, Holland and Germany in 2014.
Alexandra loves to paint and draw in her free time, which she sometimes sells. Alexandra also loves playing guitar, as she taught herself how to play 10 years ago. A big fan of Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones, she finds time for friends, family and enjoys going to rock concerts when she isn’t cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
She is now 24 years old, and after wearing the Canadian maple leaf on her back for five years, Alexandra has decided to allow herself a fair chance of achieving her Olympic dreams without politics getting in the way of her performances. She will be representing her homeland of Romania starting in the fall of 2016 on the World Cup Circuit, on the pursuit of racing at the Winter Olympics in 2018.