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Joey Mantia

United States

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSUSA10702198601
NOCUnited States
Born07 Feb 1986 in  Ocala, FL
GenderMen
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete, Business Owner
LanguagesEnglish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 35.06 28 Dec 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:07.47 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:42.45 20 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:28.50 14 Mar 2012 Calgary  
    10000m 13:54.13 13 Jan 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Mass Start 16 Laps 1      
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/joeymantia  
twitter.com/jrmantia  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportPreviously a roller speed skater, he took up speed skating because he wanted a new challenge. "I began to feel stagnant. It was such a feeling of redundancy that I was spiralling into a mental state of fatigue and I knew it was time for a change. It was a thrill I had never experienced before, and as a result I possessed an undying motivation to be on skates every minute of the day."  
Name of coachRyan Shimabukuro [national], USA; Tom Cushman [national], USA  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began roller speed skating in 1996, and switched to speed skating in 2011 in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America.  
Training RegimeHe trains for at least five hours per day for five days of the week. The other two days are a rest day and a light training day usually consisting of a long bike ride.  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesSupermantia (nbcolympics.com, 03 Oct 2017)  
Other informationCHASING AN OLYMPIC MEDAL
He was initially disappointed to miss out on a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where he finished fourth in the 1000m event. But he felt it was an improvement on his performance at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and plans to continue through to the 2022 Games. "I went home from Sochi [in 2014] with my head hanging low and tail between my legs. I'm very proud of the fourth place [in Pyeongchang in 2018], fourth across the line in the mass start - one more spot up and I would have had a medal. It's the 'shoulda, coulda, woulda' kind of thing where you analyse what happened, what you can do moving forward. I'll go another four years and chase the gold [in 2022] because I'm still hungry for it." (teamusa.org, 24 Feb 2018)

INLINE TO ICE SKATING
He switched from inline to ice skating in 2011, and admitted that he struggled initially with the change in technique. "My biggest problem was that I was stubborn when I came over [to speed skating]. I thought that I knew more than the coaches did, and that did not help me a lot. [Technically] I had to detrain myself not to double-push. Still, if you watch closely, you can see that bob up and down a little bit. There's a sweet spot in inline skating that I always felt was really efficient for me, that felt like home. Ice skating for me is not natural at all." (isu.org, 08 Feb 2018)

BUSINESS OWNER
He owns the coffee shop 'Coffee Lab', located inside the College of Pharmacy at University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. "I opened it with a friend of mine who is an incredible barista from Portland, not because I have a love for coffee, but because I have a strong ambition to be my own boss and jumped on an opportunity when it presented itself. I recognised my business partner's passion for making coffee by the way he talked about it, his love for it reminded me of how I am with speed skating. We are just a small shop, so for me it isn't a viable means of income yet, but more a great project to learn the business and have something to focus on after the [2018] Olympics." (nbcolympics.com, 03 Oct 2017)
 
HobbiesRiding motorcycles, playing computer games, playing the piano, photography, trail running, watching stand-up comedy shows. (nbcolympics.com, 03 Oct 2017; usatoday.com, 23 Feb 2018)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skaters Eric Heiden and Brittany Bowe, US distance runner Steve Prefontaine. (nbcolympics.com, 03 Oct 2017)  
Other sportsHe has represented the United States of America in roller speed skating, winning a total of 25 gold medals at the world championships between 2004 and 2010. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Sep 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents, and roller speed skating coach Renee Hildebrand. (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017; nbcolympics.com, 03 Oct 2017)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamusa.org, 24 Feb 2018)  
Awards and honoursHe was named Team USA Athlete of the Month in November 2015. (Facebook page, 07 Dec 2015)

He was given the Elmer Ringeisen Sportsmanship Award in 2007 for his embodiment of sportsmanship, respect for fellow skaters and good behaviour on and off the track. (teamusa.org, 18 Feb 2008)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"If you ain't first, you're last." (Athlete, 10 Nov 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m4  
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps7  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m7  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps8  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m8  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m10  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps12  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m12  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m15  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall17  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m21  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround22  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m22  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1500m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Astana 1500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall4  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m5  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps6  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m6  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m6  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall9  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall9  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m13  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m14  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m14  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m16  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m19  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps20  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m25  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps31  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m32  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall35