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Nil Llop

Spain

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSESP12009200201
NOCSpain
Born20 Sep 2002 in  El Prat de Llobregat
GenderMen
ResidenceEl Prat de Llobregat, ESP
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 35.30 20 Nov 2021 Stavanger  
    1000m 1:10.26 08 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    1500m 1:53.73 24 Nov 2019 Enschede  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/nil.llop  
twitter.com/nil_82_Llop  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe began practising roller speed skating at age four as it was a bit of a tradition in his family. He moved on to speed skating after joining a project led by the Spanish Ice Sports Federation.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (isu.org, 20 Feb 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Success is not given, it is earned. On the track, in the gym, with blood, sweat and occasional tears." (Instagram profile, 27 Nov 2016)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a gold medal in the junior category at the 2019 World Roller Games in Barcelona, Spain. (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. (fcpatinatge.cat, 22 Apr 2018; mundodeportivo.com, 07 Jan 2016; elprat.digital, 22 Jul 2021)  
Famous relativesHis sister Hannah has competed in short track at junior international level. (shorttrackonline.info, 21 Oct 2016)  
HobbiesTravel, spending time with family and friends. (Comite Olimpico Espanol YouTube channel, 09 Sep 2020; Los Llop YouTube channel, 28 Dec 2017)  
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 / IdolDutch speed skaters Kjeld Nuis and Sven Kramer. (as.com, 05 Feb 2020)  
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 Spanish athlete from any sport to claim a medal at the Youth Olympic Winter Games when he won 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. He previously spent the northern hemisphere winter months training in Heerenveen, Netherlands, but ahead of the 2021/22 season, he began training 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. We decided to change the environment [from Netherlands to Germany] to train both on wheels and on the ice. I'm very happy." (isu.org, 20 Feb 2021; as.com, 05 Feb 2020; elconfidencial.com, 15 Jan 2020; ondacero.es, 08 Oct 2021)
 
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m28  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m33