Jennifer Rodriguez

  • Birth Place: Miami, Florida, United States
  • Profession: Speedskater
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  • Began her competitive career as an artistic roller skater, winning national titles and becoming only skater to win world championship medals in both artistic and racing events.
  • Won a 1993 world championship in in-line speedskating, a sport in which she met future husband K.C. Boutiette, who motivated Rodriguez to switch to ice, as he had done.
  • Made a smooth and quick transition from in-line skating to finish fourth on the ice in the 3000m at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games. "J-Rod" (or "Miami Ice") also made the teams in 2002 and 2006 and 2010, capturing bronze medals in the 1000m and 1500m at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.
  • Interned for NBC before coming out of competitive retirement to pursue a place on the 2010 Olympic team. Considered going for a place on the 2008 U.S. cycling team in Beijing.
  • Owned a cycling-and-fitness shop with Boutiette in Miami.
  • Enjoys snowboarding, jet skiing and World War II research (inspired by her father's involvement). 
  • Is first Latina speedskating champion.
  • Looking ahead to Olympic competition in 2010, she looked back at 2009, in an interview with a Miami Herald writer, as "the worst year of my life," as she dealt with her mother's 2009 death and the end of her marriage to Boutiette: They divorced in 2008.

Relationships

  • K.C. Boutiette — Ex-husband
  • Joe — Father
  • Barbara — Mother

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