Cosmin Suteu, Cross County Runner, Romania
Romanian elite cross-country athlete Cosmin Suteu (born July 84) has a real 'fighting' spirit to compete and win both on and off the track. With the help of the IOC Athlete Career Programme that spirit is helping him start a professional career in Human Resources via a full time role at Adecco in Bucharest. Cosmin's adaptability as a person is already demonstrated by his athletic, work and educational achievements. In his sport, he competed in distances from 1,500 to 5,000m. Cosmin participated in the 2004 Olympics and two of his best achievements were 2nd in the European cross country championships (year 2003) and 2nd in the 3,000 m European Cup event (year 2007). He also won two running titles at the World Firefighting Games (years 2008 and 2010) for which his four years experience as a Fireman made him eligible to enter. Whilst training and competing he studied for a Master's degree in Sports and Physical education and at the same time took a course specializing in HR. After retiring from elite competition, the Romanian Athletics Federation connected Cosmin to the ACP in late 2010. In March 2011, Cosmin did a short internship at Adecco, creating a favorable impression. Subsequently, he was pleased to accept the offer of a full time role in administration and payroll, with Adecco Bucharest. Cosmin is now channeling his energy and capabilities into HR:"The HR world is proving to be an interesting challenge and I want to be the best I can in this new arena. Working in a very well organized environment allows me to learn many new skills. The fact that I have traveled worldwide and met with a lot of people in my sporting life helps me to communicate and integrate into a team very quickly."