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Daniel Zapata

Colombia

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSCOL12709199101
NOCColombia
Born27 Sep 1991 in  Apartadó
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Laura Gomez
ResidenceEnvigado, COL
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  
    10000m 14:11.93 14 Oct 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/danielzmr  
instagram.com/zapatamar/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamPAEN Club de Patinaje Envigado [roller skating]: Colombia  
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."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried skating in 2000 in Medellin, Colombia. He took up speed skating in 2015 in the Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning two silver medals in roller speed skating at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, AL, United States of America. (Instagram profile, 14 Jul 2022)  
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. (isu.org, 15 Dec 2021)  
Other sportsHe has represented Colombia in roller speed skating, and claimed gold in the 10,000m points elimination at the 2021 World Championships in Ibague, Colombia. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Jan 2022; isu.org, 15 Dec 2021)  
Famous relativesHis partner Laura Gomez has represented Colombia in speed skating and roller speed skating. She claimed silver in the 10,000m points at the 2019 World Roller Games in Barcelona, Spain, and competed at the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and 2022. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Oct 2022; elcolombiano.com, 07 Nov 2021)  
Most influential person in careerHis mother, and roller speed skating coaches Ivan Vargas and Analida Cartagena. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017, 27 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolSpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, US road cyclist Lance Armstrong, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017, 27 Jan 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Train hard every day and enjoy the races." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps34  
    2021/2022 World Cup Mass Start45