Derek PARRA

United States of America USA

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Salt Lake City 2002
  • Year of Birth
    1970
Olympic Results

Biography

Derek PARRA

Derek Parra was a Mexican-American speed skater who started out as an inline speed skater, but followed the lead of KC Boutiette and Jen Rodriguez and switched to speed skating. On roller skates, Parra was a two-time World Champion and won three US Championships. As a speed skater he has two silver medals from World Championships, a silver in the 1,500 at the Single Distance Championships in 2001, and silver in the 1,500 at the 2002 World Allrounds. He was also third overall at the 2002 World Allrounds, his best year, as he won his Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 and silver in the 5,000 at Salt Lake City. Parra continued to compete thru the 2006 Winter Olympics but with less success, and retired after the Torino Games. He is now the US national all-round speed skating coach. As a Mexican-American Parra was the first US Hispanic male to win a medal or gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 35.88 (2001); 1000 – 1:08.87 (2003); 1500 – 1:43.95 (2002); 3000 – 3:46.14 (2002); 5000 – 6:17.98 (2002); 10000 – 13:33.44 (2002); Sprint Combination – 142.685 (2006); Allround Samalog – 153.661 (2002).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

#19
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#6
Team Pursuit (8 laps)
Team Pursuit (8 laps) Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#13
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
S
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating

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