On Monday the 15th of August, International School Bangkok (ISB) Graduate, Amalie Iuel, represented Norway in the 400m Women’s Hurdles in the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Amalie graduated from ISB and chose to continue her studies at the University of Southern California (USC) so that she could further her Track and Field career. Amalie always had a passion for track and field and she is not only a hurdler but also a successful heptathlete.
Amalie started track and field as a young girl in Norway but it is said that it was during her time at ISB that she began to take it seriously. She was introduced to the 400m hurdles by Ugo Costessi, the CFO of ISB and Amalie’s past coach. Ugo attributes her growing success to not only her amazing talent but also her determination, “She was determined to win and to improve. I predicted in 2012 she would be in Rio, I predict now she’ll get a medal in Tokyo in 4 years!”
Amalie is remembered across ISB for this determination and hard work. “Amalie was always pushing herself to do better and was incredibly hard-working; it is one of the things I remember the most. She was also a natural leader – she led by example. I remember Amalie being very supporting to others; a great friend to everyone. We are so proud of her achievements,” shared Christopher Bell, current ISB staff member and one of Amalie’s coaches at ISB.
At ISB, she led the Track and Field ladies team to win Gold at the IASAS (Interscholastic Association of South East Asia Schools) Championships in Manilla in 2013. Since then she has seen many great achievements, including setting new records for women’s 400m hurdles for Denmark and Norway, placing 5th in the World Championships in 2015 and now being a part of the Norwegian Olympic team.
Keep an eye on Amalie Iuel; she has an exciting career ahead of her!