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Nicky Gooch

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameNicholas John "Nicky"•Gooch
Used nameNicky•Gooch
Born30 January 1973 in Roehampton, Greater London, England (GBR)
Measurements178 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsAldwych Speed Club, Guildford (GBR)
NOC(s) Great Britain

Biography

Eight times a British champion and four times an Olympian, Gooch was the first Briton to win an Olympic speed skating medal of any colour at any discipline. Gooch’s greatest success came at Lillehammer in 1994 when he won the bronze medal in the 500m just four days after being disqualified from the silver medal position in the 1000m for barging an opponent. He was a three time medallist at World Championships, twice in the relay and once, in 1996, at 1500m and set an unofficial world best in the longer event though lack of electronic timing meant it was never ratified as a world record. Gooch suffered from illness and performed well below par in Nagano and was past his best by the 2002 Olympics. After his retirement from competition he joined the staff of the national speed skating association and served as assistant coach to the national team. In 2006 his skating technique was motion-captured and served as the basis for a sequence in an award-winning television commercial where a Citroen car turns into a speed-skating robot.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1992 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 26 Representing Great Britain    
  5,000 metres Relay, Men Olympic Great Britain 6
1994 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Great Britain    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 7
1998 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 29 Representing Great Britain    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 22
  5,000 metres Relay, Men Olympic Great Britain 7
2002 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 27 Representing Great Britain    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 17

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1994 Winter Olympics 24 February 1994 Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Round One, Heat Seven 44.03 1

Other participations

Games Role Details
1994 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Great Britain    

Special Notes