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Eddy did the Rocker-U Interv-U on July 2, 2009, and the following profile is based on that interview and other media sources:

DOB: January 30, 1990
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Current Training Location: Salt Lake City, UT with coach Jae Su Chun.
Favorite Distance to Skate: 1500M
Boots & Blades: Marchese Boots, Maple Gold Duro Blades

Eddy was invited to move to SLC to train with the National team after having a breakout year in Southern California with coach Wilma Boomstra. He has also trained in Miami FL.

Not long ago, long-track Olympian Jennifer Rodriguez, also from Miami, attended a speedskating practice run by Eddy. She credits that experience with giving her the desire to come out of retirement and try for another Olympics!

Eddy put a full-ride college baseball scholarship on hold to concentrate on his short track Olympic goals.

The Rocker-U IntervU:

Part 1: Standard Questions

How did you get started in the sport?
I was an inline skater and this man called Harold Davis told me about it and I tried it for the first time at the age of 9.

What are the highlights of your skating career so far?
Multiple-time Age Group National Champion for inline, short track and long track; World Team member for short track and inline, and being a gold medalist on the short track Junior World relay team.

What's the worst skating injury you've ever had?
I broke my ankle - twice - the exact same way.

Where is your favorite place to compete?
Wausau, Wisconsin - good memories.

What do you like to do when you're not skating?
Anything that has to do with water - any sports, very active.

When you're away from home, what do you miss the most while you're gone?
My family and friends.

What have you sacrificed for your sport?
As a child I always had to choose between skating or baseball. Whether it was a baseball tournament or skating Nationals. My life as a child was stressful but full - lol. Not much time for a life with friends.

What are your goals (on and off the ice) over the next few years?
Make the 2010 Olympic team, then move on to college where I have a full ride scholarship to a university in Miami for baseball.

What do you see yourself doing after your skating career is over?
Playing baseball, of course!

When your skating days are over, what will you miss the most about this time in your life?
I will definitely miss the people and the amount of effort and pain I put into this sport. I will never experience anything like this again.


Quick Fire:
Decaf or Regular? Don't like coffee
Sportscar or SUV? Sportscar!
Sweet or Savory? Sweet
Leno or Letterman? Leno
Water Sports: Lake or Ocean? Ocean!!!
East Coast or West Coast? Both!!! Florida/California
Snow or Rain?Raaiiinnnn
PC or Mac? macBOOK
Math or English? Math
Hip Hop or Rock? Hip Hop - I'm the dancing type!

Favorite TV Show? Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite Vegetable? Carrots with tons of ranch dressing =)
Favorite Soft Drink? Lipton raspberry ice tea
Favorite Actress? Angelina Jolie

Random Questions:
What languages other than English do you speak? Spanish (Eddy has Cuban roots, and Spanish is actually his first language)
Do you have a hidden talent? Mimicking people - ha!
If you could transform yourself into one well-known person, living or dead, and live his/her life for one week, who would it be? Too many people to say - that would be a gift!
If money were no object, what would be the first thing that you'd buy? A humongous house that I can fit my family and friends together - somewhere like Hawaii, and we'll all enjoy life.

To read and contribute more info about Eddy, check out his thread at Boots & Blades

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