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Kimani Griffin

United States

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSUSA10207199001
NOCUnited States
Born02 Jul 1990 in  Winston-Salem, NC
GenderMen
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish
Higher educationMusic - Columbus State University: United States
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.91 08 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:08.60 17 Nov 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:47.74 19 Nov 2017 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/kimani.griffin  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe made the transition to speed skating from inline skating in the hope of winning a medal at the Olympic Winter Games for his family and his country.  
Name of coachRyan Shimabukuro [national], USA  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began inline skating at age seven in North Carolina, United States of America. He took up speed skating in 2010 in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Live in the moment because tomorrow isn't promised." (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
Other informationMUSIC
He is a classically trained guitarist and has performed on 'From the Top at Carnegie Hall', a US television series aimed at developing and showcasing young classical musicians. He has also won a number of national guitar competitions. (teamusa.org, 09 Nov 2016; thecontenders.com, 2016)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning the team sprint at the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018, 27 Jan 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHis mother Pam Griffin, and coach Derrick Speas. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesCamping, hiking, travel. (teamusa.org, 09 Nov 2016)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe believes that putting shoes or hats on his bed is bad luck. (teamusa.org, 09 Nov 2016)  
Other sportsHe has competed in roller speed skating, and was a 2007 and 2008 national champion in the sport. (teamusa.org, 09 Nov 2016)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games 500m26  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m34  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m42  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m44  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m55