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Mario Valencia


SportSpeed Skating
Born29 May 1993 in  Miami, FL
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.42 10 Mar 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:11.02 29 Oct 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:49.54 13 Mar 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:58.34 10 Mar 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe wanted the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Winter Games.  
Name of coachRyan Shimabukuro [national], USA  
Training RegimeHe trains for between seven and eight hours a day.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the Olympic Winter Games. (, 20 Jul 2016)  
InjuriesHe struggled with patellar tendinitis in his knee through 2015 and 2016. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)

In July 2011 he was diagnosed with a heart condition, which required corrective surgery. He recovered in time to compete at the 2011 World Championships in Yeosu, Republic of Korea. (, 02 Sep 2011)
Other sportsHe has represented the United States of America in inline skating. He was ranked 10th in the road 10,000m points race at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Nov 2016;, 02 Sep 2011)  
Famous relativesHis mother Luz Tristan represented Colombia in inline skating. She won gold in the track 5000m at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Nov 2016;, 11 Nov 2016;, 20 Jul 2016)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Give your best in training every day." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
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