I have been skating since I was eight years old, and I started competing in international competitions when I was thirteen.
After a break, due to my studies in central Germany, I decided to focus on sports again and to train for qualifying for the Winter Olympics in 2018.
To reach this goal, I am training twice a day, and about 20 hours a week.
I am one of Germany’s top-athletes in speedskating and competed in several international competitions such as European Championships, World Championships, and World Cups.
After my recovery from a knee-injury in 2012, I started training again and qualified for my first senior World Cup in 2014.
Below you can find my personal records and results, some videos, and a list of links to additional information.
Personal Bests and Records
- 500 m: 39,56 (February 28, 2015 in Inzell)
- 1000 m: 1.19,07 (March 1, 2014 in Inzell)
- 1500 m: 2.06,95 (March 12, 2008 in Calgary)
- German record for Juniors — 100 m: 10,76 (March 12, 2008 in Calgary)
- German record for Juniors — Sprint allround: 160,940 (March 12, 2008 in Calgary)
- Track record Grefrath — 100 m: 11,00 (December 13, 2008)
- Track record Grefrath — 300 m: 26,61 (February 23, 2008)
- Track record Grefrath — All-Sprint: 174,020 (January 13 & 14, 2007)
Classifications and Prizes
Junior World Championships 2009 — Zakopane
- 6th place 500 m
Junior World Cup 2008/2009
- 1 x 1st place 500 m
- 4th place 500 m Overall
German Single Distance Championships 2015 — Inzell
- 2nd place 500 m
German Sprint Championships 2016 — Berlin
- 2nd place
These are a couple of videos showing some of the competitions that I participated in. The first shows my first World Cup race in 2013/2014. The second is a personal video of my 500 meter Junior World Cup victory in 2009 in Inzell.
- My results: SpeedskatingResults.com / EffeSport.nl / SchaatsStatistieken.nl
- More information about me: DESG.de / Wikipedia / SpeedskatingNews.info
- My photos: DESGphoto.de
- “Weltcupsieg für Katja Franzen” – Rheinische Post, December 2008
- “Franzen mit starker Weltcup-Premiere” – Speedskating Club Grefrath, March 10, 2014