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Mario Valencia

Roller Sports

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Team USA Years: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL

Current residence: Cali, Colombia

Personal website/social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/mario.valencia.1428

When did you begin skating?  : January 1997

Current skating club/ Coaches name: LMT / Luz Mery Tristán

Are you sponsored and if so, by whom: Simmons Racing

Occupation, current employer:  Student

EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS

High school attended: Bennett School

Year of graduation: 2010

Location of high school: Cali, Colombia

Sports you competed in while in high school (include number of years):  Volleyball 1 year

College attended: Pontifical Javeriana University

Year of graduation: 2016

Degree/major: Business Administration/ International Business and Finance

ACCOMPLISHMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Pan American/World Games/International Experience:

2011 Pre-Pan American Games 1000m Silver Medalist

2012 Geisingen Championship 200m Gold Medalist

Team USA awards, honors and statistics:

2009-12 Junior World Championships 1 Gold Medal (42km Marathon), 3 Silver Medals (Points, Relay), 7 Bronze Medals (500m, 1000m, Elim, Relay).

Other awards, honors, and statistics in skating:

Best Junior skater at the 2010 World Championships, Track and Road

GOAL HIGHLIGHTS

Life Goals: Praise God every day

Career goals: Build my own brand

Future goals you hope to obtain as a Skater: 500m and 1000m Senior World Champion

FAVORITES SPOTLIGHT

Favorite sports figure: Radamel Falcao

Favorite food before a competition: Any kind of berries

Favorite music to listen to during training or competition: Any motivational song

Favorite hobbies: Sleep

If you could pick one word to describe you, what would it be: Relaxed

Who is the person you most admire/greatest influence in your life and why: Radamel Falcao, because no matter the problems, injuries, issues he may be having his faith it’s always bigger than these.

FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS

Father’s name:  Mario Valencia

Mother’s name:  Luz Mery Tristán

Brothers:  Giancarlo Valencia, Andres Valencia

Sisters: Valentina Valencia, Valeria Valencia