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Jonathan Garcia

United States

SportShort Track
NOCUnited States
Born14 Dec 1986 in Houston, TX 
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.222 09 Dec 2011 Shanghai  
    1000m 1:26.833 18 Feb 2011 Dresden  
    1500m 2:16.374 12 Feb 2011 Moscow  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe switched from inline skating to speed skating because he wanted to compete at the Olympic Winter Games.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1994 at age seven, competing in roller speed skating for 14 years. He switched to speed skating in 2007.  
Name of coachMatt Kooreman [national], USA  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 01 Nov 2014)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolUS basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
HobbiesMusic, football, playing the guitar, going to concerts, watching sport. (Twitter profile, 10 Sep 2017;, 08 Feb 2017)  
Other sportsHe has represented the United States of America in roller speed skating, winning bronze in the 5000m relay at the 2006 World Championships in Anyang, Republic of Korea. He has also competed in short track at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Sep 2017;, 29 Jul 2013;, 2009)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe puts his left skate on first. (, 2012)  
NicknamesJohansen, Johnny Tempo (, 29 Jul 2013)  
Most influential person in careerUS speed skaters Chad Hedrick and Dan Jansen. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017, 10 Dec 2013)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it." (, 08 Feb 2017)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m33  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m62  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m63  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m66  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m94