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Nil Llop

Spain

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSESP12009200201
NOCSpain
Born20 Sep 2002 in  Barcelona
GenderMen
ResidenceEl Prat de Llobregat, ESP
LanguagesCatalan, English, French, Spanish
OccupationAthlete
Higher educationPhysical Education - Alfonso X el Sabio University: Villanueva de la Caņada, ESP
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.50 17 Dec 2022 Calgary  
    1000m 1:08.32 11 Dec 2022 Calgary  
    1500m 1:48.21 05 Feb 2023 Inzell  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    500m   1    
    Team Sprint   1    
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis father. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2023)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began roller skating at age four in El Prat de Llobregat, Spain.  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a gold medal in the junior category at the 2019 World Roller Games in Barcelona, Spain, and placing second in the 500m at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2023; ajuntament.barcelona.cat, 11 Jul 2019)  
Other sportsHe has represented Spain in roller speed skating, and won silver in the 3000m relay track event at the 2021 European Championships in Canelas, Portugal. He has also competed in short track at junior international level. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Nov 2023; elprat.digital, 22 Jul 2021; fcpatinatge.cat, 22 Apr 2018; mundodeportivo.com, 07 Jan 2016)  
Famous relativesHis sister Hannah has competed in short track and speed skating at junior international level. (shorttrackonline.info, 21 Oct 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Oct 2023)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportRoller skating was something of a tradition in his family. He moved on to speed skating on ice after joining a project led by the Spanish Ice Sports Federation.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo become an Olympic champion. (nos.nl, 17 Dec 2022)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Work hard, play hard. Never give up. Fight for your dreams." (Athlete, 17 Nov 2023)  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/nil.llop  
twitter.com/nil_82_Llop  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn June 2018 he fractured his fibula, his ankle, one of his fingers, his chin, and his cheekbone after crashing into a tree while trying to avoid a child during roller speed skating training in Spain. He required surgery and was out of action for almost three months. He returned to competition in early 2019. (elconfidencial.com, 15 Jan 2020; mundodeportivo.com, 09 Feb 2019, 17 Jun 2018)

He has had surgery on his ankle and his collarbone during his career. (Los Llop YouTube channel, 28 Dec 2017)
 
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Jordan Stolz, Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2023)  
Awards and honoursIn 2019 he was named Male Sports Hope of the Year by the Catalonian Sports Federation Union [UFEC] in Spain. (ufec.cat, 04 Dec 2019)  
MilestonesHe became the first athlete representing Spain from any sport to claim a medal at the Winter Youth Olympic Games by winning silver in the 500m at the 2020 Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Feb 2021; elconfidencial.com, 15 Jan 2020)  
Other informationOVERSEAS TRAINING
He regularly trains overseas in order to gain access to better training facilities, spending the northern hemisphere winter months training in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and in Inzell, Germany. "There is no track in Spain where we can train. And there comes a time where no matter how much work you've done on strength and technique, you need to skate on ice. I opted to go [overseas]. There I found the best in the sport. I arrived with the will to learn and improve." (ondacero.es, 08 Oct 2021; isu.org, 20 Feb 2021; as.com, 05 Feb 2020; elconfidencial.com, 15 Jan 2020)
 
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachSandra Gomez [national], ESP  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesSports, spending time with family and friends. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 European Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2023/2024 European Single Distances Championships 500m8  
    2023/2024 European Single Distances Championships 1000m16  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 500m18  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 1000m21  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships 500m23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 500m15  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m20  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m27  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 500m28  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 1000m33  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1000m35  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m41  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m53