Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Totem profiles - Olli Torkkel

Olli Torkkel, age 33, from Helsinki, Finland, is an acrobat in the Rings Trio. A lifelong athlete, before coming to Cirque du Soleil he was working in Finland as a professional gymnast.

Olli’s gymnastics career followed a traditional, high-powered route in the early years. He started around age 5 or 6, and became part of a gymnastics club. The club traveled to meets internationally. His terrific skills kept him competing at a high level throughout his school years and beyond – when Cirque found him in 2009, he was earning a living competing and coaching.

Now, he has spent two years immersed in the world of Totem. He likes this life a lot. When he’s not working, or hanging out with his “circus family” of close friends and colleagues, Olli can be found reading, or studying, as he pursues a business degree. For the most part, though, he is happy to take things one day at a time, enjoying the adventure. “Compared to gymnastics…. It’s kind of the same but more fun. There are none of the disappointments of gymnastics competitions. You get the reward from the audience every night.”

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