Loena Hendrickx wrote a new chapter in skating history for her country last March with her silver-medal finish at the 2022 World Championships in Montpellier, France.

She is the first singles skater from Belgium to ever win a global medal and the only person from her nation to land on a World podium since Micheline Lannoy and Pierre Baugniet captured the World pairs title in Davos, Switzerland in 1948.

The 2021-2022 campaign was one Loena Hendrickx will likely always remember as her breakout season. Aside from capturing a silver medal at the World Championships, she finished fourth at Europeans and eighth at the Olympic Winter Games — her best results at all three competitions.

Many wondered if Hendrickx would return for another season, but the Belgium native had no intention of resting on her laurels — or retiring — and instead is looking to build on the success of last season.

The road to the top was a long and difficult one at times. Like many skaters who shine in the senior ranks, Hendricks found no success on the Junior Grand Prix stages. Moving into the senior ranks in the 2015-2016 season, she finished seventh at a small competition in France.The following season, she captured medals at small events, finished seventh at both her Challenger Series assignments and the European Championships, but a disastrous outing at Worlds left her in 15th place overall.

From there, she slowly started climbing the ladder, claiming her first Challenger Series title at the Budapest Trophy in 2020.

But, from the outset of her career, Hendrickx has been plagued by various injuries. In late 2015, she suffered a spinal fracture that kept her off the ice for six months, causing her to miss the second half of that campaign. In 2017, a knee injury forced her to withdraw from the early season events.

Two years later, a back injury caused her to skip the 2019 European Championships. While at a training camp in Turkey that summer, she fractured and tore three ligaments in her ankle. Shortly after returning to the ice in September, she sustained another ankle injury which kept her off the ice for a month, a scenario that was repeated that December.

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