Derek Parra

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Derek Parra
Parra-D-lg.jpg
Personal information
Born(1970-03-15) March 15, 1970 (age 44)
San Bernardino, California
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Sport
Country United States
SportSpeed skating
 
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Derek Parra
Parra-D-lg.jpg
Personal information
Born(1970-03-15) March 15, 1970 (age 44)
San Bernardino, California
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Sport
Country United States
SportSpeed skating

Derek Parra (born March 15, 1970) is an American of Mexican Native American decent. inline skater and speed skater from San Bernardino, California, who graduated from Eisenhower High School (Rialto, California) in 1988. Parra won two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Parra's most successful season was from 2001 to 2002. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, he took the gold in the 1500 meters, an event in which he had been expected to do well but faced a deep pool of competition. Before that, he won the silver in the 5000 meters being bested by Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands. He has worked part-time in Home Depot's gardening department in West Valley, Utah.[1] In his book, Reflections in the Ice, Parra recounts pursuing his dream of becoming an inline skater at 17, working at McDonald's in Tampa, Florida and being so poor he had to eat out of the trash.[1][2]

Derek Parra was selected to take over as U.S. speed skating national all-around coach for the 2010 Olympics.

He appears in a Restore Our Future television ad endorsing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election and spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Records[edit]

World record[edit]

EventTimeDateVenue
1500 m1:43.95February 19, 2002United States Salt Lake City

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's speed skating
DistanceTimeDateLocationNotes
500 m35.882001-01-18Salt Lake City, Utah
1000 m1:08.872003-01-11Salt Lake City, Utah
1500 m1:43.952002-02-19Salt Lake City, UtahOlympic Record
3000 m3:46.142002-02-03Salt Lake City, Utah
5000 m6:17.982002-02-09Salt Lake City, Utah
10000 m13:33.442002-02-22Salt Lake City, Utah

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dettmann, Nick (December 19, 2004). "Parra adapting to life as 'Average Joe'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
  2. ^ Parra, Derek; Quinn, Patrick (2003). Reflections in the Ice: Inside the Heart and Mind of an Olympic Champion. Discovery Bay, CA: Podium Pub. ISBN 978-1-932618-00-6. 
  3. ^ "Derek Parra". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Derek Parra". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 

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