Jessica Kooreman’s Childhood Photos

Jessica Kooreman was an inline skater and child model before becoming an Olympic short track athlete

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Kooreman was named an alternate on the 2010 U.S. Olympic short track team, then made her Olympic debut in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics.
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Jessica Kooreman (nee Smith) was born October 14th, 1983 in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Both her parents were roller skaters, and Kooreman got her first skates at 1 year old.
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Her father, Rick, was her coach when she was young.
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Kooreman also did modeling and child beauty pageants as a girl.
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Competing in a beauty pageant.
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Modeling on roller skates.
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Kooreman also played youth hockey.
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Kooreman said she decided to quit modeling when she started getting floor burns on her knees.
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Her mom said, "It's knee pads or modeling. You have to choose." Kooreman replied, "I'm not wearing knee pads, so I guess I'm done modeling."
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Kooreman said of skating, "I love being competitive and being able to see the world while representing my country."
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Kooreman's first Olympic memory is watching the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
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Kooreman grew up in Melvindale, a suburb of Detroit.
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Kooreman said of her parents, "My parents sacrificed their dreams so that I could achieve mine. They taught me what it means to work hard and never give up."
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Kooreman switched from inline skating to speed skating on ice in hopes of competing at the Olympics. She tried long track speed skating before deciding she preferred the neck-and-neck style of short track racing.
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Kooreman competed at the inline skating world championships and won a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Championships.
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Kooreman was named an alternate on the 2010 U.S. Olympic short track team, then made her Olympic debut in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics.
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