Speed Skater Vikram Ingale’s way of facing downfalls is a strong dosage of motivation!
Jyoti R Ingale
14 September 1993
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Vikram Ingale, hailing from Kolhapur defines sportsman’s spirit at its best as no matter how brutal the injuries were, the setbacks couldn’t harm his willpower to hustle hard in this sport. Vikram is indeed a proud player of the most liked sport in the world i.e. Speed Skating.He has won India’s first ever senior International Roller-Skating Medal, teaming up with India’s fastest speed skater Nikhilesh Tabhane and Dhanush Babu. Not only this, he has also won Shiv Chhatrapati Award, 4 times National Championship and has many more medals. Vikram is all set to fight back and emerge as the most successful Speed Skater from India.We are proud to have such an inspiring persona sharing his thoughts with us.
We are really keen to know; how did your journey begin?
My sister started skating and I used to go watch her skate, this is how I started liking the game.
What were the hardships / hurdles you have encountered during your journey? How did you overcome them?
I was injured very badly right before the Asian Championship, so I had to miss Asian Championship as well as 8 months of skating practice due to the surgery. In 2014, I had to go through another surgery, and again I had to miss a year and a half of skating. I never gave up because my aim was to win a medal for India and fulfil my father’s dream.
Know me Beyond Skating
"Don't hope for it, Fight for it"
Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, Joey Mantia
I draw inspirations from
My Father and my Coach Shripad Shinde Sir
Food I Love
Food I Hate
Had I not been a Skater then
I would have been a Footballer
Like Vacations at
Barcelona and Maldives
Favorite Pass time
Playing other sports
Favorite Movies / Series
Fast and Furious
Who has been your influencer in this journey & how?
My coach and my mother are the ones who never gave up on me even though things were hard at times.
Tell us something about your Coach…
Whatever I am today is all because of my coach Shripad Shinde sir’s support. He has supported me in every way he could and has always motivated me in everything I did. He is like a father to me.
Success is incomplete without its share of setbacks. What advice would you give to others about handling them?
Keep believing in yourself. Give your 100% in whatever you do. Don’t hope for it, fight for it. Miracles do happen.
Do you think Skating and its learnings can be helpful in life even if one does not want to consider it as a career?
Every sport helps you in some or the other way in life. Most important is discipline and a never giving up attitude.
What according to you is scope of Skating in India?
In future, skating will be one of the most recognized sport in the world as all the champions are working on it
If you were to bring one big change in the way people get trained in Skating, what would that be?
Have a proper knowledge of skating and try to work hard and train smarter.
What do you suggest for better accessibility of Skating training in remote parts of India?
To communicate with good skaters and the coaches can help a lot.
Your piece of advice to parents who are skeptical about their children taking up a career in any co-curricular activities…
I would like to suggest parents to patiently support and invest something in your child’s interest and then expect in return.
Your piece of advice to the youth of our country…
Follow your dreams.
What is your success mantra?
Don’t hope for it, fight for it.
Which was “that” moment when you considered yourself as “I Am The 1”?
When I finished 4th in Asian Championship, missing a medal just by a microsecond I thought that ‘I Am The 1’ who can do it better and win this.