Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Turin 2006
Games Results Sport Event
Turin 2006
#19 Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#6 Speed Skating Team Pursuit (8 laps)
Salt Lake City 2002
Games Results Sport Event
Salt Lake City 2002
#1
Speed Skating 1,500 metres
#2
Speed Skating 5,000 metres
#13 Speed Skating 10,000 metres

Derek PARRA

United States of America
Speed skating
Height
162 cm / 5'4''
Weight
64 kg / 140 pounds
Birth date
15 Mar 1970 San Bernardino, United States of America
Gender
Male

Number of medals

2 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

2 Olympic Games

Derek PARRA biography

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).

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