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Cooper McLeod

United States

SportSpeed Skating
NOCUnited States
Born07 Nov 2001 in  Mount Vernon, WA
ResidenceWest Jordan, UT, USA
Higher educationBusiness - Salt Lake Community College: United States
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.59 10 Dec 2022 Calgary  
    1000m 1:07.72 22 Oct 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:47.68 21 Oct 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:08.26 24 Jan 2021 Milwaukee, WI  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamPuget Sound Speedskating Club: Tacoma, WA, USA  
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.  
Name of coachChang Lee [club]; Ryan 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
Most influential person in careerCoach Chang Lee. (, 07 Nov 2015)  
Awards and honoursAt age 14 he was named Long Track Male Junior Development Skater of the Year by US Speedskating. (, 07 Nov 2015)

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

In July 2011 he was named SportsKid of the Month by Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine. (, 07 Oct 2015)
HobbiesMusic, baking. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
InjuriesAt age eight he broke both arms after crashing into the wall at the ice rink. He was in a cast for six weeks. (, 07 Oct 2015)  
Other sportsHe has competed in roller speed skating at national level in the United States of America. (, 07 Oct 2015)  
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 informationHIATUS
He took some time away from the sport during the 2019/20 season. "I was having a frustrating time with skating because I hadn't made the [junior national] team, even though I came close a few times in a row. I needed a break from everything, just having been skating for so long. Training and coming back was really hard [for the 2020/21 season]. I was so out of shape." (, 05 Apr 2021)
Memorable sporting achievementMaking his first World Cup team. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2023)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint6  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 500m20  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint3  
    2022/2023 World Cup 1000m17  
    2022/2023 World Cup 500m25  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m33  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m35