Olympic speed skater Mika Poutala is a successful and very positive athlete. Mika is known for his positivity and various antics, especially in the sports world. In the Vancouver Olympics, he took care of the team’s press conference by interviewing his team mates and himself. Multitalented Mika was also the one who made the official songs for the Finnish delegation for the 2006 Torino Olympics as well as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
From a sports point of view, the Vancouver Olympics were the best for Mika, as he placed fifth and was only four hundredths from a medal.
Mika started his long and instructive path towards the top of speed skating world already at the age of seven. Various challenges and obstacles have taught him valuable lessons about what success requires.
In addition to skating, Mika, who is known for his positive appearance, also works as a speaker. He teaches and motivated people and companies to reach their goals by using concrete tools. Every year, Mika goes to dozens of events, where Sonera, IFK and Fennia, among others, are his customers.
Mika Poutala has enjoyed performing ever since he was young. The story tells that after he had started school, he visited his preschool together with his mother to greet his friends there. The preschool teachers missed Mika tremendously because the kids were not playing outside anymore, now that Mika was not there to start the games. Even back then, he was the one who motivated the group and started new things. Mika has self-learned a lot on the side of his skating career, and he has tried many ways to improve oneself and reach goals. During his multifaceted life, he has also learned by mistakes which things work and which don’t and what it takes to be successful!
Mika’s passion is to share his experiences and the skills he has learned. He wants to see people delight in understanding and making their dreams come true. Mika is truly excited when he can make his audience understand the meaning of co-operation and set common goals for their work.
Mika Poutala is an inspiring and motivating speaker. People enjoy him telling stories and anecdotes from his own life. Mika’s speeches help people learn more efficiently and his stories are remembered. Mika will make people excited about learning through joy – and sometimes even through tears.
What are the requirements for success?
Many people think that success always requires luck, money and good networks. Naturally, all of these help, but you can also succeed without them. Mika started speed skating as a 7-year old child of a single mother. There was no money for equipment and there were no speed skating halls in Finland. However, Mika rose to the top of the world from these nearly impossible circumstances.
Everyone probably agrees that goals are good and you should strive towards them. However, the fact is that goals don’t help at all if they are not set correctly and if the phases of reaching them are not measured.
From mediocrity to victory
Many people are happy with mediocrity. Mika and his success are a great example of how far you can get once you put in a little more effort and avoid mediocre solutions. However, a decision is only the first step. What should you do after it? Why is change so hard?
A little over ten years ago, Mika was accepted in the Finnish national speed skating team. He has 120 travel days annually, so a lot has happened during the travels. On the way from a junior skater to the top of the world, Mika has collected many lessons and advice in his pockets.
Contact Mika, and he will come and share the advice and lessons interesting to You.
Mika Poutala started skating at the same time he started school. Already when he was young, Mika got excited about the sport, where speed and challenge were present daily. The Oulunkylä skate rink became very familiar to him every winter with skates in his feet and bag of sweets in his pocket as a snack.
Mika Poutala quickly developed in the sport, and in the last junior years he was chosen to represent Finland in the junior World Championships in 2000-2002. Moving on to the adult series was a big step for him, and it took him years to learn to live as an athlete and commit to aiming for the top. Only after the 2006 Torino Olympics did Mika make the important decision to become a top athlete. He quit amateur dabbling and started the life of a true athlete.
Goal-oriented and systematic training combined with a no-compromises lifestyle brought Mika to the top of the world in just three years. Indeed, Mika Poutala was the fastest skater in 2010 Vancouver Olympics at the 500 m race, but staggering on the second race left him 0.04 seconds from a medal. During his career, Mika has skated in over 230 World Cup competitions and won 13 medals. In addition, he has come in fourth place in the World Championships a few times. Mika’s goal is to keep on developing himself and win a medal in Olympics or championship games.
Mika has always been a person whose values are set right. He has a rare ability to take life pragmatically as a whole. Being a top athlete is only one part of life, and there has to be meaningful activities, relationships and a profession apart from it as well.