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Jessica Kooreman

Jessica Kooreman
Short Track USA

Jessica Kooreman

Jessica Kooreman
  • Birth date 10/14/1983
  • Birthplace Melvindale, MI
  • Hometown Melvindale, MI
  • Residence Salt Lake City, UT
  • Height/Weight 4'11"/ 116 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

Jessica Kooreman has been on skates for almost her entire life—she was just a year old when her parents bought her inline skates, and she started competing at age two. Her inline skating career took her to the top of the podium at the world championships and Pan American Games, but she still dreamed of competing at an Olympic Games. To achieve that goal, she switched to long track speed skating in 2005. But she missed the neck-and-neck style of racing done in inline skating, so in 2008 she switched sports again to short track. She quickly moved up through the ranks, and narrowly missed making the U.S. Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. She instead was chosen as an Olympic alternate, which came with one perk—she got to appear on The Colbert Report for a segment on sports psychology.

Kooreman, then competing under her maiden name of Smith, won her first world championship medal in 2012: a silver in the 3000m relay. At the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials, Kooreman swept all three individual events, coming in first in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m to secure that long-awaited spot on an Olympic team. Kooreman’s highest finish at the Sochi Olympics was fourth in the 1000m race, and she also finished sixth in the 1500m. Kooreman, who married former speed skater Michael Kooreman in 2015, has continued to be the U.S.’ top female short track athlete, winning the overall women’s title at the 2017 U.S. Championships at age 33.
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Getting to know Jessica Kooreman

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Competed in Sochi under her maiden name, Jessica Smith

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Switched from inline skating to speed skating at age 21

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Finished fourth in 1000m race at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

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