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Népra-Katleena Kärkkäinen-neprateam-wearnepra


Birthday: 1992

Where are you from: Jyväskylä, Finland

Sport: CrossFit

When did you start: 2014

Instagram: @kkatleena

How & why did you start:

Until I started CrossFit, I played basketball for 15 years. I was longing for a new challenge. Before CrossFit, I went to the gym, but the fitness world and competing there wasn’t my cup of tea. Somewhere in a blog or Social Media, I heard about CrossFit and thought that sounded fun. It didn’t take me long to be addicted, and from the start, I knew I also wanted to compete. In CrossFit, I love the variety it offers. It’s pretty cool that I learned to walk on my hands in my early twenties.

Your coolest sport memory:

From basketball times, the European Youth Championship with the national team was priceless. I have also competed twice in the Beach Throwdown in the Netherlands. The beach provided a beautiful setting, and doing CrossFit on a sand floor gave an extra challenge for competing. Both times, my teammate and I won second place.

Your biggest goal:

I don’t have any numeric goals for doing sports. I want to enjoy training throughout my life, and I keep competing as long as it feels good.


Concentrate on what you can do, not on what you can’t.

  1. I’m a dentist, and I love it
  2. I played basketball for 15 years on a championship level.
  3. I have never had pets.
  4. I love trying out new sports arts - sup board in the summer is one of my favorites.
  5. Liquorice ice cream is my favourite treat.
  6. In upper secondary school, I spent one school year abroad in the USA.
  7. The deadlift is my strength.
  8. I love travelling.
  9. When I’m not training, I enjoy playing board games.
  10. I’m a great fan of Harry Potter.
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