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Amalie Iuel

Amalie IuelAmalie Hammild Iuel, born on the 17th of April 1994 in Aalborg, Denmark is a Danish-born Norwegian hurdler.

She represented Norway in the women's 400 metres hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, but was eliminated in the heats.

Amalie was born to a Danish mother and a Danish-Norwegian father; the family moved to Norway when she was two years old, and she spent most of her childhood there.

Her parents are Lars Christian and Tinna and she has four siblings, Sophie, Christopher, Maja and Victor. Her hobbies include playing the guitar and singing.

She loves traveling and would like to visit Peru, China and Australia sometime in the future. She is a Human Biology major at the University of Southern California.

The Iuels left Norway when Amalie was twelve due to the demands of her father's job with Telenor; they first moved to Namibia, and later Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand.

Iuel took up track and field as a young girl in Norway, but did not pursue it seriously before her time in Thailand at the International School - Bangkok (ISB).

She took up athletics at age nine in Baerum, Norway. She was introduced to the 400m hurdles at age 17, at the International School of Bangkok in Thailand.

Amalie IuelHer parents signed her up to train at the IL Tyrving club in Baerum, Norway, because she was energetic as a child. "My parents threw me into it. I treated everything like a competition. They must have thought I was really annoying because of all of my energy."

She was initially selected as a high jumper when she joined the athletics team at the University of Southern California in the United States and had to persuade the coaches to let her try out for the hurdles.

Her coach there in Thailand, Ugo Costessi, introduced her to the 400 metres hurdles. After high school, she moved to the United States and became a student athlete at the University of Southern California.

In 2015 she received Norwegian citizenship having previously been a Danish national. "I definitely felt a stronger connection to Norway. I felt like it would almost be wrong to put on a Danish uniform if I felt that strength of connection to Norway."

"So it was really important to me. I had to stay true to myself and stay true to Norway. I wanted to participate at the world championships and Olympic Games for the country which I can describe as my home."

During her sophomore year at USC during the 2015 season, Iuel set both Danish and Norwegian under-23 records in the women's 400 metres hurdles, running 55.92 as a Dane and 56.36 as a Norwegian.

Amalie IuelShe placed seventh at the 2015 NCAA championships with 56.99. She received Norwegian citizenship and switched her athletic allegiance from Denmark to Norway in June 2015, shortly before the 2015 European U23 Championships - where she placed fifth as a Norwegian in her first international championship meet.

She represented Norway in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2015 World Championships of Athletics in Beijing, China, but was eliminated in the first round.

In 2019, she represented Norway at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy and she won the bronze medal in the women's 400 metres hurdles event.

What is so nice is when I have the outer lane, so I do not see the others - at least not at the very beginning. I have to run my own race and focus on myself.

A humble hurdler says that she does not want to compare herself with the majority of competitors who will be in action in the 20s.

There are girls who are at the top of the world. It's almost a World Cup final with those girls, and then saw me, she says and laughs a little.

It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it a lot, adds the 25-year-old - denying that it is a little scary.

During a competition in Poland, Iuel improved her Norwegian record to 55.15 , a time that is well below the World Cup requirement.

With such a strong field, it may be possible to extract a magic number, says Iuel, who trains with Karsten Warholm and is in his second year with roughly the same plan.

Amalie IuelIt is often the case that it takes some time to adjust, but so far it looks promising, admits coach Leif Olav Alnes, who says that her training is based on the same principles as at Warholm - of course you have to be inspired and learn from those who succeed, Iuel believes.

In 2017 Senior All-American Amalie Iuel returned to compete in the 400m IH, jumps and the 4x400m relay for the USC Trojans. She ranks tied for third on USC's all-time list in the 400m IH and second in the heptathlon.

Also a member of USC's record-setting 4x400m relay. She competed in the 400m IH at the 2016 Olympics. Named one of USC's captains for the 2017 season.

In 2016 she set her native Norway record in the 400m IH with a time of 55.79 in the semis at the European Championships on July 9 - which moved her into a 3rd place tie on USC's all-time list.

Iuel ran 56.24 in the finals to place 6th at the European Championships. Iuel ran 56.75 to finish 29th in the 400m IH at the Olympics.

She was 10th in the 400m IH and 8th as part of USC's 4x400m relay at the NCAA Championships. She won her second Pac-12 Heptathlon title with a PR of 6,011 points which moved her to second on USC's all-time list.

Closed out the multi-events championships by running a PR of 2:06.34 in the 800m which temporarily moved her into 10th on USC's all-time 800m list.

The next week she injured her elbow in training for the Pac-12 Championships and finished 5th in the HJ and 10th in the 100m HH before being pulled from the meet.

Amalie IuelShe set individual PRs in seven events during the season. Iuel was named the Pac-12 T&F Field Athlete of the Year. During the indoor season she won the MPSF Pentathlon title with 4,444 points.

In 2015: Iuel moved into fourth place on USC's all-time 400m IH list by running 55.92 to finish third at the Florida Relays on April 3rd.

She went on to place second in the event at the Pac-12 Championships (56.06), as well as placing seventh in the 100m HH (14.11) and running on the conference champion 4x400m relay team which clocked 3:32.12.

Iuel earned All-America honors in the 400m IH by placing seventh with a time of 56.99 at the NCAA Championships.

She also earned All-America status with the 4x400m relay which was the NCAA runner-up with a time of 3:29.97. The team set the USC outdoor record in the event with a time of 3:27.86 at the NCAA West Regional on May 30.

The also set the school indoor record in the 4x400m with a time of 3:29.63 to take third at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14th - it was the 11th fastest college women's 4x400m relay time ever.

She competed in the 400m dash and had a PR of 53.38 at the MPSF Indoor Championships to place fifth. Iuel again competed in the heptathlon at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships and took third with a PR of 5,610 points to move into fourth place on USC's all-time list.

Amalie IuelDuring the season she set then-PRs in six events. In the summer she placed fifth in the 400m IH at the European U23 Championships with a Norwegian national U23 record of 56.36, just a few weeks after officially becoming a citizen of Norway.

She then placed 26th in the 400m IH with a time of 56.59 at the World Championships on Aug. 23.

In 2014: Iuel won the Pac-12 heptathlon by posting a then-800m PR of 2:12.43 to win the final event by more than 2.5 seconds to earn 929 points and easily make up the 86 points she trailed by entering the final event.

Iuel finished the competition on May 10th and 11th with 5,378 points to become the first Trojan woman to win the event since Nicole Haynes in 1996 and her point total moved her into seventh place on USC's all-time list.

Iuel was the first freshman to win the conference heptathlon since Jackie Johnson of ASU in 2004. It was only the second heptathlon ever for Iuel, who scored 4,877 points in her first attempt to place second at the Aztec Invitational on March 27th - 28th.

Iuel also excelled in the 400m IH race, placing second at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 4th with a time of 58.70.

She bettered that with a time of 58.10 to move into ninth place on USC's all-time list and grab the final advancing spot at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on May 30.

She had a time of 59.74 to place 18th at the NCAA Championships on June 11th to earn All-America honorable mention. Competed indoors in the 400m and had a then-PR of 56.52 to place 10th at the Cherry & Silver Invite on January 25th.

Amalie IuelShe graduated from high school at the International School of Bangkok in 2013. Had bests of 61.4 in the 400m HH, 56.1 in the 400m dash and 5-8 in the high jump.

After retiring from competition she hopes to become a coach in Track and Field sports. "I want to continue in the sports world after my athletic career. Being a coach is something I think could be really cool."

"I'm very competitive. I don't like getting beat. Even the smallest things I take way too seriously. I always feel the need to be the best, even though it takes a long, long while to get there."

While competing at the University of Southern California in the United States, in 2016 she was named Pac-12 Conference Field Athlete of the Year.

After graduating from the University of Southern California in the United States, in 2018 she began studying at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway.

Unfortunately, Amalie was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Women's 400m Hurdles at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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