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Derek Parra

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDerek•Parra
Used nameDerek•Parra
Born15 March 1970 in San Bernardino, California (USA)
Measurements162 cm / 64 kg
NOC(s) United States


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 13
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 19 Representing United States    
  Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic United States 6

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2002 Winter Olympics 9 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Final Standings 6:17.98 WR 2
2002 Winter Olympics 19 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 1:43.95 WR 1

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