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Daniel Zapata

Colombia

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCOL12709199101
NOCColombia
Born27 Sep 1991 in  Apartadó
GenderMen
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.94 02 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:14.40 03 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:53.80 27 Aug 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:36.66 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/danielzmr  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamPAEN Club de Patinaje Envigado: Colombia  
Name of coachIvan Vargas [personal]; Ryan Shimabukuro [national], USA  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried skating in Medellin, Colombia in 2000. He took up speed skating in 2015 in the Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe dreamed of competing at the Olympic Winter Games. "One of my friends began before me and told me good things about the sport."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis mother, and inline skating coaches Ivan Vargas and Analida Cartagena. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017; 27 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolSpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, German motor racing driver Michael Schumacher, US road cyclist Lance Armstrong, US basketballer Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017; 27 Jan 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never give up." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)

"Train hard every day and enjoy the races." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)
 
InjuriesIn 2013 he fractured his collarbone twice in the space of eight months. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017; elmundo.com, 03 Feb 2014)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the Olympic Winter Games. (elcolombiano.com, 02 Jan 2016)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a silver medal and two bronze at the world championships for inline skating, and competing in speed skating at World Cup events. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps34