Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsDerek Parra
IN THE NEWS

Derek Parra

FEATURED ARTICLES
SPORTS
February 23, 2002
If, as he says he might do next season, Derek Parra goes to Holland for professional marathon speedskating, he'll fit right in. Speedskating is the national sport in the Netherlands and the Dutch, who attend in droves, party hearty at every skating event. "That's where I got the idea to get involved with the crowd," said Parra. "The people come to be entertained and speedskating should be fun."
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
February 22, 2006 | George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel
The results allow an introspective look at the last four years. Derek Parra reflected on an Olympic experience considerably different from the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, where he stepped onto the podium to embrace history after becoming the first Mexican American to win gold in the Winter Olympics. He will leave Turin with a shrug of disappointment, but certainly not shame.
Advertisement
SPORTS
February 10, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The wrong Dutchman won the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race here Saturday at the Winter Olympics, but that wasn't half as surprising as who finished second. That was Derek Parra up on the podium, a silver medal dangling from his neck.
SPORTS
December 31, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
It was a week to unburden himself of personal despair and overcome a crisis of confidence for Derek Parra, the multicultural and exuberant face of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Parra, a Mexican American from the desert in San Bernardino County, son of a prison guard who worked at Home Depot to help support his quest for Olympic glory, qualified for his third U.S. team Friday by finishing third in the men's 1,500-meter competition of the 2006 U.S. Long Track Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval.
SPORTS
February 22, 2006 | George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel
The results allow an introspective look at the last four years. Derek Parra reflected on an Olympic experience considerably different from the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, where he stepped onto the podium to embrace history after becoming the first Mexican American to win gold in the Winter Olympics. He will leave Turin with a shrug of disappointment, but certainly not shame.
SPORTS
March 10, 2001 | PHILIP HERSH, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
When his cell phone rang, Derek Parra knew his wife was calling from Florida, but he was unexpectedly in a position where answering the call would have been rude. For the first time,the former world champion in-line skater was doing a medalists' news conference at an international event in speedskating. "Finally, after all these years," Parra said.
SPORTS
February 23, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Derek and Jochem show became a solo act Friday. In their two previous speedskating races, Derek Parra of San Bernardino and Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands took turns winning in world-record time, Uytdehaage the 5,000-meter event, Parra the 1,500. Each finished second in the race he didn't win. Friday, they were paired in the 10,000, the longest Olympic race, 25 laps around the 400-meter track--but not for long. Skating a world-record time of 12 minutes 58.
SPORTS
December 31, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
It was a week to unburden himself of personal despair and overcome a crisis of confidence for Derek Parra, the multicultural and exuberant face of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Parra, a Mexican American from the desert in San Bernardino County, son of a prison guard who worked at Home Depot to help support his quest for Olympic glory, qualified for his third U.S. team Friday by finishing third in the men's 1,500-meter competition of the 2006 U.S. Long Track Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval.
SPORTS
December 27, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Derek Parra was ready for the rest of his life to begin, eager to become a full-time husband and father and to share his belief that no barrier is too high, no dream impossible. For proof, he had only to display the two Olympic speedskating medals he'd won at Salt Lake City. But the San Bernardino native, a former inline skater and 1988 graduate of Eisenhower Rialto High, found something after the happily ever after: A comeback. Now 35, Parra will try to make his third Olympic team when the U.S.
SPORTS
December 8, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT
When he began his post-Olympic whirlwind of fundraisers and talk shows, speedskater Derek Parra expected he'd smile a lot and talk about his improbable beginnings as an in-line roller skater in San Bernardino and his tenacious climb to the medal stand in Salt Lake City. But instead of describing his 5,000-meter race, in which he surprisingly won a silver medal, or reminiscing about winning the 1,500 in a world-record time of 1 minute, 43.
SPORTS
December 27, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Derek Parra was ready for the rest of his life to begin, eager to become a full-time husband and father and to share his belief that no barrier is too high, no dream impossible. For proof, he had only to display the two Olympic speedskating medals he'd won at Salt Lake City. But the San Bernardino native, a former inline skater and 1988 graduate of Eisenhower Rialto High, found something after the happily ever after: A comeback. Now 35, Parra will try to make his third Olympic team when the U.S.
SPORTS
December 8, 2002 | HELENE ELLIOTT
When he began his post-Olympic whirlwind of fundraisers and talk shows, speedskater Derek Parra expected he'd smile a lot and talk about his improbable beginnings as an in-line roller skater in San Bernardino and his tenacious climb to the medal stand in Salt Lake City. But instead of describing his 5,000-meter race, in which he surprisingly won a silver medal, or reminiscing about winning the 1,500 in a world-record time of 1 minute, 43.
SPORTS
February 23, 2002
If, as he says he might do next season, Derek Parra goes to Holland for professional marathon speedskating, he'll fit right in. Speedskating is the national sport in the Netherlands and the Dutch, who attend in droves, party hearty at every skating event. "That's where I got the idea to get involved with the crowd," said Parra. "The people come to be entertained and speedskating should be fun."
SPORTS
February 23, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Derek and Jochem show became a solo act Friday. In their two previous speedskating races, Derek Parra of San Bernardino and Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands took turns winning in world-record time, Uytdehaage the 5,000-meter event, Parra the 1,500. Each finished second in the race he didn't win. Friday, they were paired in the 10,000, the longest Olympic race, 25 laps around the 400-meter track--but not for long. Skating a world-record time of 12 minutes 58.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2002 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surging toward the Olympics, athletes ski, jump and skate for glory, for fame, for riches. Derek Parra just wanted a Coke. That was 20 years ago, when he was 11, long before he dared dream of the speedskating medals he won this week in Utah. Back then, Parra spent his evenings at the Stardust Roller Rink here, just past the tattoo parlors and the graffiti-covered sign for the Hair Masters Universe of Beauty salon. He arrived each night with three bucks, enough to pay the $2.
NEWS
February 20, 2002 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and BILL DWYRE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. athletes won two more gold medals in speed skating and bobsledding Tuesday, easily setting a U.S. record haul for the Winter Olympics and positioning the U.S. to far surpass its wildest golden dreams. The unprecedented success of U.S. athletes at these Winter Olympics--reaching 21 medals here Tuesday with gold medals by Derek Parra in speed skating and an unexpected win by U.S. women bobsledders Vonetta Flowers and Jill Bakken--was born out of U.S.
SPORTS
February 5, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF EDITOR
So, Olympic speedskater Derek Parra, where in the Midwest did you grow up? Where, when you were 5, did you open your Christmas skates, then rush off to try them, skating till it was way past dark? Waukesha, Wis.? White Bear Lake, Minn.? Northbrook, Ill.? What's that, you say? San Bernardino? As in California? And you never had ice skates as a kid? You had inline roller skates as a teenager, which is getting to be longer ago than you care to remember?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2002 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surging toward the Olympics, athletes ski, jump and skate for glory, for fame, for riches. Derek Parra just wanted a Coke. That was 20 years ago, when he was 11, long before he dared dream of the speedskating medals he won this week in Utah. Back then, Parra spent his evenings at the Stardust Roller Rink here, just past the tattoo parlors and the graffiti-covered sign for the Hair Masters Universe of Beauty salon. He arrived each night with three bucks, enough to pay the $2.
SPORTS
February 10, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The wrong Dutchman won the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race here Saturday at the Winter Olympics, but that wasn't half as surprising as who finished second. That was Derek Parra up on the podium, a silver medal dangling from his neck.
SPORTS
February 5, 2002 | MIKE KUPPER, TIMES STAFF EDITOR
So, Olympic speedskater Derek Parra, where in the Midwest did you grow up? Where, when you were 5, did you open your Christmas skates, then rush off to try them, skating till it was way past dark? Waukesha, Wis.? White Bear Lake, Minn.? Northbrook, Ill.? What's that, you say? San Bernardino? As in California? And you never had ice skates as a kid? You had inline roller skates as a teenager, which is getting to be longer ago than you care to remember?
Los Angeles Times Articles
|