Introduce yourself shortly
My name is Kaidi, I’m a 22-year-old young woman currently living her best life. I work, study in an university and also train myself. A great part of my time is spent in an ice rink where I work, train and, I must admit that many of my home assignments get done just there. I like going to the theatre, reading and Netflix. I like to do many things that I’m not good at. For example, singing and playing ball games, in what I’m still greatly below average. But I am enough of a complex free person, so not being good at something isn’t going to stop me. On a daily basis, I am a figure skating and curling juniors’ coach, I play curling competitively on an international scale and I’m a second-year bachelor student at EBS.
3 facts about you that others would not expect
- When I have a free moment, I’m always watching cat videos on Instagram. I would often do that even before competing, exams or other stressful events. Overall, I am a big cat lover and I do have two chubby ginger cats of my own at home.
- I usually talk and laugh a little bit too loudly and I use words like “ideal”, “perfect”, “super” and “like” too often.
- My nails have been painted red for years now, and I never leave my house without earrings on.
Why entrepreneurship and EBS?
So far in my life, everything has gone the opposite to what I had planned. So, EBS was also a coincidence. When I was in high school, EBS would have probably been the last school I would have envisioned myself in. I was studying in a class focused on theatre at Tallinna 32. High School. However, after graduation, I didn’t get into a Acting School to be an actor, so I had to come up with something else. That’s how I ended up coming to the auditions here, thinking that this school is definitely not for me, but I’ll try anyways. On the day of auditioning, I met Tiina Tšatšua with whom I shared so many common interests with that I really wanted to go to her lectures someday. So, I decided to give it a go, and I also got to take one of her classes too, so I could say it went pretty well. I can assure you, I am really happy that life turned out this way and I don’t regret this choice because I found myself two really close friends here, and I’ve gotten to learn so many new things, that I didn’t even know would interest me.
You have been skating since you were a little girl. How old were you when you started? Tell us a little bit about your greatest accomplishments.
I started skating when I was only 4 years old, and I had to finish my sports career at 17 years old. I competed in international competitions and I got some chances to go to training camps in different countries. Throughout those years I got to experience different periods in life – success and total failures. I think that one figure skating princess is living in me for the rest of my life, so skating is still very important to me. After calling it quits, I was a judge for few years but now I am working as a coach. I have my own little figure skaters that I train and go to competitions with. In addition, in the winter you could see me performing as princess Elsa at different outside skating rinks. I have spent most of my life on ice and I continue to do that, so at least I won’t get wrinkles any time soon because, as I’ve heard, things last better in a refrigerator 🙂
One of your favourite things is curling. How did you discover it? What is intriguing about it, in your opinion?
I discovered curling thanks to one of my former training partners. They convinced me for a long time, to try it out, but it seemed not to be a serious sport to me at first. One time I bumped into that same person, and promised, as a joke, to try it out. So, the next day, I had to take responsibility for my words and stepped onto a curling rink for the first time. I must admit, curling has been one of my top priorities since then and I have high goals in that field.
Curling is unique to me because it’s a land of possibilities. A games’ duration is 1,5 to 2 hours and anything can happen in that timeframe. It’s a sport that does not only require a good physical shape, but tactical thinking and teamwork is also important. Because curling is a game of precision and whether you become the winner or the loser is a matter of millimetres, then it requires a steady hand and great communication skills in the team. In addition, it’s usual to scream loudly in curling, so I can use my naturally loud voice there.
I am currently coaching and training a juniors’ team, which is a whole new challenge to me. Because I was still a junior myself last year then it is really exciting for me to train and introduce them to the world of curling.
I think that the most intriguing thing about it is that there are so many different possibilities and challenges. You need to be good at everything. Mastering only one thing/skill isn’t enough.
You have competed in different international competitions. Which of those have been special to you?
It has imprinted itself to my memory when we got the chance to go to China with our women’s team in December. The invitation came very unexpectedly, we had only few weeks to deal with our Visas and off we took. At the tournament, we managed to beat our very strong Canadian and USA rivals, so it was a successful and developing tournament. Of course, mixed teams’ World Championships in Scotland was also fun, and it was also my first Championships as a senior.
If you could ask something from a crystal ball that would tell you the truth about your life, the future or anything else – what would you like to know?
I wouldn’t really want to know anything about my future, because then life wouldn’t be interesting at all. Especially taking into consideration that everything in my life goes against my wishes or plans anyways. However, it would still be exciting to see what kind of surprises life throws at me. Who am I going to be after all? What would be my profession? And, I would like to know what kind of a parent I would be. Because I really like kids and theoretically, I think I would raise them well, but it would be interesting to see how it would turn out in reality.
What inspires you?
Really, I get the most inspiration from my girlfriends. I am so lucky that I am surrounded by so successful, active, goal-oriented, and hard-working people because this makes me push myself harder. I also enjoy going out for a run because I get most of my best ideas and thoughts when I’m running.
Translator: Marlen Kuusk
Editor: Tea Teesalu