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Laura Gómez


SportSpeed Skating
Born17 Jul 1990 in  Carmen de Viboral
FamilyPartner Daniel Zapata
OccupationAthlete, Engineer
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.73 02 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:19.42 03 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:02.50 04 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:14.43 10 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    5000m 7:26.06 23 Oct 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportShe followed her brother into roller speed skating. "I began skating at a young age. As my brother used to skate I went along with him. And even if he chose a separate way I kept on skating." She switched to speed skating on ice after missing out on selection for the Colombian roller speed skating team for the 2017 World Roller Games in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. That same year she relocated to Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. "I think I jumped onto the ice more because of the disappointment of not having made the national team, so I looked for a new environment, to discover new cultures and to learn English. I first stayed six months [in the United States of America] but it went a little bit further and brought some magnificent results."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began roller speed skating at age three, and took up speed skating on ice in July 2017.  
Name of coachMitchell Whitmore [national], USA  
Training RegimeShe trains regularly in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer partner Daniel Zapata has represented Colombia in speed skating and roller speed skating. He competed in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 World Cup seasons in speed skating, and claimed gold in the track 10,000m points elimination race at the 2021 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Ibague, Colombia. (Instagram profile, 09 Nov 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2021)  
She was informed about her selection to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang one week before the Games began, and six months after having taken up the sport. "To be in Korea is a super surprise. It is cold. It is horrible because we are used to the summer all the time but this is the real winter and we are at the winter Olympics." (OIS, 07 Feb 2018)

She says the switch from roller speed skating to speed skating on ice was challenging. "Roller speed skating and speed skating are two completely different sports. They only share the name and their techniques are quite the opposite. On ice you skate a lot with the strength of the hip while on roller blades you skate mainly with your thigh quadriceps. The back has to be completely curved while on wheels it has to be straight. The left shoulder on ice has to be always up while on wheels it must be down. On ice, the hip goes always inside while on wheels it goes outside. It is completely opposite in all senses. For us [roller speed skaters] is very difficult because we have to change what we have done all our lives and to adapt to a new sport in a short time." (, 07 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 11 Feb 2021)  
Other sportsShe has represented Colombia in roller speed skating, and won silver in the road 10,000m points race at the 2019 World Roller Games in Barcelona, Spain. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2021;, 18 Apr 2017)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (, 07 Feb 2018)  
MilestonesShe became the first Colombian female speed skater to take part in the Olympic Winter Games when she competed in the women's mass start at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps19  
    2022 Olympic Games Mass Start21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps31