December 27, 2005 |
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.
December 8, 2002 |
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.
February 23, 2002 |
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.
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."
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February 21, 2002 |
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.
February 20, 2002 |
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.