Derek Parra: Hello from Milwaukee

Written by on October 20, 2009 in 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, Olympics, USANA with 1 Comment

Hello USANA,

A couple of months ago I shared the stage at USANA’s International Convention with a group of phenomenal athletes. We, along with many other athletes throughout the world, all share the same belief that USANA nutritional supplements can’t be beat.

Since then, I have been talking to Dan Macuga and Ashley Collins about ways in which I could share my experiences as coach of the US Speedskating Team with the USANA family. With the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver just around the corner, they suggested I blog about how we’re preparing for the Olympics.

So, here I am and here’s the first blog. I hope you enjoy it!

The countdown is on. We’ve got about 115 days until the 2010 Winter Games begin and our training/qualifying is kicking into high gear. I’m really excited about the team.

Right now I am in Milwaukee at the Pettit National Ice Center preparing my skaters for the U.S. Fall World Cup/Olympic Qualifying trials, which will take place Oct. 21-25. The skaters have been skating well over the last week we’ve been here.

One of my skaters, Chad Hedrick (Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist in ’06) set an unofficial track record in a 3,000m event on Friday. I am looking forward to see how the weekend unfolds.

Chatting with Catherine Raney-Norman, our best women’s distance skater.

As many of you know, USANA is the official nutritional supplement supplier to the US Speedskating Team (a partnership that started in 1999). The team had great success in 2002 in Salt Lake and ’06 in Torino, and we’re expecting great things out of this group next February.

I’ll be blogging on What’s Up, USANA between now and the Games, so be sure to check back for a behind-the-scenes look at how these elite athletes prepare to compete against the world!

The Skater.
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  1. Dan Macuga says:

    Thanks Derek! I have seen your blog entry flying around the social media sites. Can't wait to get the in depth story about our US Speed Skaters and their success stories.

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