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Derek Parra of the United States
Olympic Ice Speed Skating Champion

Olympic Ice Speed Skater Derek Parra was an inline speed skater until 1996 when he decided to switch to ice speed skating to give himself a shot at skating in the Olympic Games. Derek won two medals at the 2002 Olympics and he is still training and placing in the top 10 at international races and world championship events.

Derek Parra
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About Derek Parra
Full Name - Derek Dwayne Parra
Goes By - Derek Parra
Birth Date - March 15, 1970
Birth Place - San Bernardino, California USA
Current Home - Orlando, Florida USA
Nationality - United States
Height 5' 4"
Switched from Inlines to Ice - 1996

Career Highlights
  • 2002 Olympic Gold Medal - 1500 Meters
  • 2002 Olympic Silver Medal - 5000 Meters

    Derek Parra Wins Book of the Year
    In June of 2004 Q Sports International announced that Olympic Champion Derek Parra's autobiographical book "Reflections on Ice" has been awarded the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Book Award in the Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs category. Reflections on Ice by Derek Parra
    Bios of Derek Parra
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  • Aztlan.com - Derek Parra at the 2002 Olympics



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