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Olympic athletes that play the violin

Which Olympic athletes that play the violin?

Six athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics list playing the violin as one of their hobbies. Spanning countries of Estonia, USA, Canada, France, and Kazakhstan, they include a flag bearer and a bronze medal winner!

1. Saskia Alusalu

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Saskia Alusalu EST poses for a headshot during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Coastal Cluster on February 1, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont)

Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont

The first one on our list is Saskia Alusalu, the flag bearer for Estonia in the 2018 Winter Olympics!

Speed Skating • Estonia
Flag bearer for Estonia in 2018 Winter Olympics
Hobbies: Playing the violin, playing football, reading.


2. Carlijn Schoutens

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 18: Carlijn Schoutens USA poses for a headshot during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Coastal Cluster on February 18, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont)

Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont

Next up is the bronze medal winner in the Speed Skating Ladies’ Team Pursuit

Speed Skating • United States of America
2018 BRONZE: Ladies’ Team Pursuit
Hobbies: Playing games, playing the violin.


3. Mark Engel

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Mark Engel USA poses for a headshot during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang Mountain Cluster on February 20, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by IOC/Karl Bridgeman)

Photo by IOC/Karl Bridgeman

Alpine Skiing • United States of America
Hobbies: Guitar, violin, banjo, spending time in nature, hiking, traveling, biking, fishing, skydiving.


4. Mae Berenice Meite

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 08: Mae Berenice Meite FRA poses for a headshot during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Coastal Cluster on February 8, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont

Figure Skating • France
Hobbies: Playing the violin, watching movies, going to the theatre, listening to music, dancing.


5. Elizabet Tursynbaeva

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Elizabet Tursynbaeva KAZ poses for a headshot during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Coastal Cluster on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont)

Photo by IOC/Patrick Elmont

Figure Skating • Kazakhstan
Hobbies: Reading, singing, playing the violin and the piano, cooking.


6. Taylor Henrich

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 08: Taylor Henrich CAN poses for a headshot during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang Mountain Cluster on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by IOC/Karl Bridgeman)

Photo by IOC/Karl Bridgeman

Ski Jumping • Canada
Hobbies: Karaoke, wakeboarding, water skiing, swimming, running, reading, watching movies, rock climbing, listening to opera music, playing the violin, dancing.


I found these six athletes by doing a google search for: violin site:olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018

2 Responses to Olympic athletes that play the violin

  1. Matt Maldre February 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

    I wonder what are the most popular hobbies for Olympic athletes.

  2. Matt Maldre February 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    I just sent a Facebook message to each of the athletes:

    Hello, it’s so cool that you enjoy playing the violin as a hobby. I’m writing a blog post about Olympic athletes that play the violin. I would be greatly honored if you would be able to answer a question for me: What is one of the songs you enjoy playing on your violin? And why? Thank you so much.

    (I found that you enjoy playing the violin from your Olympic profile at {{include link}})

    I have a 10-year-old niece that has started to learn how to play the violin in the past couple months. My family are also big Olympic fans. So the fact that you are an Olympian who plays the violin is of great interest to my violin-loving and Olympic-loving niece.

    Hopefully, I get at least one response!

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