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Cooper McLeod

United States

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSUSA10711200101
NOCUnited States
Born07 Nov 2001 in  Mount Vernon, WA
GenderMen
ResidenceWest Jordan, UT, USA
Higher educationBusiness - Salt Lake Community College: United States
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.59 10 Dec 2022 Calgary  
    1000m 1:07.72 22 Oct 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:46.18 27 Oct 2023 Milwaukee, WI  
    5000m 7:08.26 24 Jan 2021 Milwaukee, WI  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesMusic, baking. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
InjuriesHe sustained injuries in a bicycle accident that affected his ability to train ahead of the 2022/23 season. (usspeedskating.org, 12 Sep 2023)

At age eight he broke both arms after crashing into the wall at the ice rink. He was in a cast for six weeks. (kirklandreporter.com, 07 Oct 2015)
 
Other sportsHe has competed in roller speed skating at national level in the United States of America. (kirklandreporter.com, 07 Oct 2015)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe became interested in skating on ice after watching the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and friends of his family owned a skating rink.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Chang Lee, and his father. (usspeedskating.org, 12 Sep 2023; teamusa.org, 07 Nov 2015)  
Awards and honoursAt age 14 he was named Long Track Male Junior Development Skater of the Year by US Speedskating. (teamusa.org, 07 Nov 2015)

In 2008 and 2014 he was named Northwest Regional Inline Skater of the Year in the United States of America. (kirklandreporter.com, 07 Oct 2015)

In July 2011 he was named SportsKid of the Month by Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine. (kirklandreporter.com, 07 Oct 2015)
 
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachRyan Shimabukuro [national], USA  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at 11 months old and entered his first inline skating competition at age three. He took up short track and speed skating on ice at age eight.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"True success comes from increasing your effort to meet your imagination, not decreasing your imagination to meet your effort." (Facebook profile, 03 May 2022)  
Other informationMISSING BEIJING 2022
He believes that missing out on the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing has ultimately had a positive effect on his career. "I wasn't ready for the moment because I wasn't mature enough yet. Not making the Olympics was terrible, but it was a result of that. I believe that even though it was terrible at the time, it helped teach me things that I'm going to be able to carry a lot further into my career. In the long run, I think it's going to end up being a great thing. I had a lot of hopes for the 2022/23 season, and they ended up paying off. It was a whole long summer of hard work, training and personal growth within that, so seeing it pay off was fantastic." (usspeedskating.org, 12 Sep 2023)
 
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/cooper.mcleod.378  
twitter.com/supercooperusa  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementMaking his first World Cup team. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (usspeedskating.org, 12 Sep 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint6  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint6  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships 500m11  
    2023/2024 World Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 500m20  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2023/2024 Beijing Team Sprint1  
    2023/2024 Stavanger Team Sprint2  
    2022/2023 Heerenveen Team Sprint3  
    2023/2024 Quebec, QC Team Sprint3  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 500m16  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m17  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1000m17  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m25  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m33  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m35  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m62