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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.
WINTER OLYMPIC ATHLETES TO PARTICIPATE IN
WALT DISNEY WORLD INLINE MARATHON
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
(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).
(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
(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.
(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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