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Jessica Kooreman

United States

SportSpeed Skating
NOCUnited States
Born14 Oct 1983 in  Melvindale, MI
GenderWomen
FamilyHusband Mike
Other namesJessica Smith
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationMotivational Speaker, Real Estate Agent
LanguagesEnglish
Higher educationBusiness Management - Ashworth College: Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.65 10 Mar 2007 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:18.38 11 Nov 2007 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:01.46 26 Nov 2005 Calgary  
    3000m 4:20.87 29 Dec 2005 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:42.46 22 Jan 2006 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/JessicaSmithUSA/  
twitter.com/TheJessicaSmith  
jessicaonice.com/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamOval FAST Team: Salt Lake City, UT, USA  
Training RegimeShe trains for six to eight hours per day.  
Reason for choosing this sportHer parents skated when they were younger and encouraged her to try inline skating. She switched to the ice because she wanted to compete at the Olympic Winter Games. She initially tried speed skating, but did not like the time trials so switched to short track.  
Name of coachAnthony Barthell [national], USA; Sun Linlin [personal], CHN  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began roller skating races at age two, and switched to the ice full-time in 2008.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer husband, her parents. (nbcolympics.com, 20 Oct 2017; Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
HobbiesWatching movies, shopping, spending time with friends, playing golf, hiking, cooking. (nbcolympics.com, 20 Oct 2017; Facebook page, 07 Oct 2017)  
InjuriesShe tore the quad muscle in her thigh prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. She delayed a decision on whether to have surgery on the injury so she could compete at the Games. (ONS, 04 Feb 2014)

She injured her left shoulder after falling at the 2007 World Inline Skating Championships in Cali, Colombia. She was forced to undergo surgery, which included inserting seven pins and a plate in her shoulder. (inlineplanet.com, 02 Feb 2009)
 
Other sportsShe is an eight-time inline skating world champion, winning gold over a number of distances between 1999 and 2006. She has also represented the United States of America in speed skating at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2015; inlineplanet.com, 02 Feb 2009)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementPlacing fourth in the 1000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skaters Jennifer Rodriguez and Bonnie Blair, US tennis players Venus Williams and Serena Williams. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017; teamusa.org, Aug 2017; Athlete, 10 Feb 2013)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe likes to call her parents before heading off to races. (usspeedsktaing.org, 11 Mar 2012)  
Other informationSKATING COUPLE
Her husband Mike also competed in short track at international level. They met at a World Cup event in Russian Federation and married in 2015. He has worked as the programme leader for the US speed skating team. (nbc4i.com, 03 Oct 2017)

HELMET
She can often be distinguished by her helmet during races, which features a bald eagle's head on the background of a US flag. (nbc4i.com, 03 Oct 2017)
 
Famous relativesHer husband Mike competed in short track at international level, including winning the 5000m relay at the 2004/05 World Cup event in Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. He has also coached the German national team. (nbcolympics.com, 20 Oct 2017; nbc4i.com, 03 Oct 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Feb 2005)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nbcolympics.com, 20 Oct 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 500m23  
    2006/2007 World Sprint Championships Overall28  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2006/2007 World Cup 100m30  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m33  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m46