Derek Parra Reflections in The Ice

Derek Parra is a former American skater who won Olympic gold in the 2002 Olympics after he switched from inline skating.


  • Name: Derek Parra
  • Date of Birth: 15-03-1970
  • Birthplace: San Bernardino
  • Skating År: 1996-2006


Derek Parra began in 1984 with roller skates. He did not entirely without merit, he was still two-time world champion skates.Inline is unfortunately not an Olympic discipline and it was a reason for Parramatta in 1996 to try his luck in the long track speed skating. He was one of the first in-line skaters who made this transition. At first it seemed that Derek Parra are not many pots to break on skates, he often ended up in the middle.
Dutch coach Bart Schouten began to coach him, and it seemed to work for Parra. In 2001 he announced already that he was getting good, with a second place at the World Cup in 1500 meters, but in 2002 he was ready for the real thing. In 2002, the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and what could be better than Olympic champion in his own country, made Derek Parra. He won gold in the 1500 meters and became the first Latin American to win gold in the Winter Olympics. In addition, he also picked up a silver medal at the 5th kilometer, behind Jochem Uytdehaage.
Derek Parra took over the World Cup final in Thialf, Heerenveen 2006 retired from public skating. He stood at that moment Adel eighth in the calendar.