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Meet 4 Olympians at the Disney Marathon
May 2004 in Orlando, Florida

Orlando’s Derek Parra Headlines Olympians Scheduled to Appear at the 2nd Annual Disney World Inline Marathon scheduled to take place in Florida on Sunday, May 2, 2004.


FROM DISNEY WORLD OF LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA. (April 15, 2004) - Some 2,000 inline skaters from 37 U.S. states and six countries will converge on Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Sunday, May 2 for the second annual Walt Disney World Inline Marathon. Winter Olympic speed skating medallists Derek Parra (Orlando), Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami) and KC Boutiette (Park City, Utah) and luge medallist Christopher Thorpe (Marquette, Mich.) are all scheduled to participate in the weekend’s festivities, which include the Inline Marathon, Half Marathon, a skate and fitness expo and the All Star Kids Classic races.

Saturday Expo (May 1)
The weekend begins on Saturday, May 1 with the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon Expo at the Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The expo will feature the top inline product manufacturers, a demonstration area to test the latest inline skates and apparel and a speaker series, which will include Parra, the most decorated inline skater in the history of the sport and a 2002 Olympic speed skating gold medallist.

Saturday Kids Race (May 1)
Children ages 3-12 may also get involved in the festivities by participating in the All Star Kids Classic races on Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m. Olympic luge medallist Chris Thorpe will kick off the event as the celebrity race starter. He will also distribute medals and host an autograph signing session from 2 - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday Marathon (May 2)
On Sunday, May 2, Parra and fellow Olympic speed skater Jennifer Rodriguez will officially start the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon at 6:30 a.m. at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Another Olympic speed skater, KC Boutiette, will compete as a professional for the second consecutive year for Team Hyper. He and Rodriguez will also distribute awards at 10 a.m. at the Town Green at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and participate in an autograph session immediately following the awards ceremony.

The inline marathon will offer a "wave start" for professional, master, advanced and recreational/fitness skater divisions. The course will begin at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and take skaters down Hollywood Boulevard inside the Disney-MGM Studios, along a charming coastal village at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, and past the 11 nations that comprise the World Showcase at Epcot. Half marathon participants will cross the finish line at the sports complex, while the full marathon participants will make a second loop around the course before concluding the 26.2-mile race back at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

Spread over 200 acres in the heart of Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex plays host to more than 170 events each year for professional and amateur athletes in some 30 sports. The state-of-the-art facility includes nine venues and is home to more than 40 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Championships, Atlanta Braves Spring Training, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training and the All Star Cafe sports-themed restaurant.

Bios of U.S. Olympians Participating In
2004 Walt Disney World Inline Marathon Weekend

Derek Parra
(Orlando, Florida / Ice and Inline Speed Skating) speed skating: Two-time U.S. Olympian in speed skating (1998, 2002) and two-time medallist (2002: gold and silver) ... 2001 World Cup gold medallist ... Earned silver and bronze medals at 2002 World Championships ... Three-time U.S. National Champion (1999-2001), five-time U.S. National Team member and 12-time U.S. National Championships medallist. Inline Skating: Two-time overall World Champion and two-time World Record holder ... Most decorated athlete at 1989 Pan Am Games (five gold, two silver, 1 bronze) ... 1994 USOC "Athlete of the Year" ... roller skating Hall of Fame inductee (2002).

Jennifer Rodriguez
(Miami, Florida USA / Ice and Inline Speed Skating) speed skating: Two-time U.S. Olympian in speed skating (1998, 2002) and two-time bronze medallist (2002) ... Three-time U.S. National Champion (2000, 2001, 2003) ... World Championships medallist (2002: gold and silver; 2003: gold) ... 11-time World Cup medallist ... Holds five American Records. Inline Skating: Seven-time World Championships medallist (1992: silver and bronze; 1993: three gold and two silver) ... Six-time Junior World Championships medallist (1992: five gold and one bronze).

KC Boutiette
(Park City, Utah USA / Ice and Inline Speed Skating) speed skating: Three-time U.S. Olympian in speed skating (1994, 1998, 2002) ... 1996 USOC Athlete of the Year ... Five-time U.S. National Champion ... 1998 World Championships silver medallist ... Two-time record holder in 1500 meters. Inline Skating: World Inline Champion (1994) ... Five-time U.S. National Inline Champion.

Chris Thorpe
(Marquette, Michigan USA / Luge) Four-time U.S. Olympian in luge (1992, 1994, 1998, 2002) and two-time medallist (2002: bronze; 1998: silver) ... First-ever U.S. Olympic medallist in luge (1998, silver) and only American luger in history to medal at the Olympics with two different teammates ... Placed 5th in 1994 and 12th in 1992 ... Four-time U.S. Luge Association/USOC "Athlete of the Year" ... Set Olympic track record at 1998 Winter Olympic Games (Nagano) ... Six-time U.S. National Champion (1992-95, 1997, 2000) ... 1996-97 World Cup champion (first-ever non-European sled to claim that honor) ... Two-time World Championship silver medallist (1995, 1996) ... U.S. record-holder with 31 international medals ... Park City, UT, track record-holder.

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