Jonathan Garcia's story is like a lot of speed skaters. He originally started in inline at a young age, and after a successful career on the wood, made the transition to the ice. He started skating short track, but eventually decided that long track was more his style. The interesting thing is that he got into inline at former Olympic gold medalist Chad Hedrick's parents roller rink, where Chad himself skated also. He then switched to ice under the guidance of another former Olympic gold medalist, Derek Parra. Parra's WhiP program helped transition skaters from inline to speed skating, and Garcia was a part of that group. Garcia made his first World Cup team in 2012. At U.S. Olympic Trials, Garcia had a dramatic couple days. He originally skated a fast enough time in the 500m to qualify for one of the four available Olympic positions, but he was disqualified after the race for not wearing the ankle timing transponder. He had a reskate, but his time wasn't good enough and he finished sixth. The next day, he redeemed himself and qualified for the 1000m group heading to the Olympics.
- 2013/14 Olympic Trials- finished fourth in the 1000m
- 2013 World Cup- finished 42nd in the overall standings for the 500m, 26th for the 1000m, and 44th for the 1500m
Things to know:
1. Garcia, a Texas native, says his whole family is involved in the oil business and he probably would be as well if it wasn't for speed skating.
2. Lives in Salt Lake City with his friend Tony Beltran, who plays for the Real Salt Lake soccer team.
3. Takes classes at Salt Lake City community college.