Paul Stanley

Date of Birth: 
Hometown: Solihull, Birmingham
Twitter: @Stan99P

Paul Stanley Having put on his first pair of skates at the age of four, itís been hard to keep Paul "Stan" Stanley off the ice ever since. 

With an initial interest in ice hockey, Stanís speed across the ice made him perfect for short track, and by the age of nine heíd started the sport that would carve out a career for him.

At 19 years old Stan pulled on his first Senior GB suit and represented his country at the Short Track World Cups.

Having represented Team GB at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics Stan was on course for his second Olympic outing when disaster struck Ė suffering a serious break in his left arm in the final Olympic qualifier for the Vancouver 2010 Games, Stan was forced to sit out the rest of the season and watch his teammates compete for Olympic titles.

Despite the disappointment Stan bounced back in 2011with a Silver medal in an ISU World Cup and was part of the Relay Team that broke the world record for the 5000m Relay at the end of the season. He is now looking ahead to Sochi in 2014.

What is your favourite distance to skate and why? 500m Ė itís the sprint event of our sport and I am fast at starting. I think itís the most exciting of all the events because of the speed and overtaking.
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement to date? Becoming the 5000m relay world record holder, 500m silver medallist and 5000m relay bronze medallist.
What was your highlight of 2011/2012 season? Winning the World Cup medals.
What is your sporting ambition? To win a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics.
What is your favourite skating memory? The feeling of becoming a world record holder.
Tip for the top: Have no regrets and do your best on a day-to-day basis.
How would you like to be remembered? As one of the most successful British skaters in history.

Who inspired you most at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and why?
 Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, they had the pressure to win the gold's and they delivered.
Do you do any sports outside of skating? I really enjoy fishing Ė it helps me to relax after a hard week of training!
Who is your sporting hero? Michael Johnson
Life after skating: To be my own boss in many business ventures.

Place to race: 
An ice rink that has fast ice, Calgary, Shanghai, Dresden, Salt Lake City.
Films/TV shows: Rocky films, Matrix films, Sopranos, Dexter, Entourage
Band/Music: Drum and bass, pop, RnB
Last book read: In pursuit of the largest
All food except for salmon Ė I donít like the smell!
Hobbies: Fishing, football, cricket, rugby

International Results (last four seasons)

2009/2010 season      
Sustained a broken arm during the Olympic Qualifying events which ruled him out of competition for the rest of the season

2010/2011 season
6th Place World Championships Relay
Bronze Medal European Championships Relay
Silver Medal World Cup 500m
World Record Holder Menís 5000m Relay

2011/2012 season
2nd place World Cup Relay in Salt Lake
3rd place World Cup Relay in Shanghai
10th place World Cup 500M in Saguenay
7th place World Cup 500M in Shanghai

2012/2013 International Results
12th place World Cup 1000M Calgary
7th and 12th place respectively World Cup 500M(2) and 500M Montreal
4th place World Cup Relay in Montreal
14th place World Cup 500M in Nagoya
7th place World Cup 500M in Shanghai
4th place World Cup Relay in Shanghai
8th place World Cup 500M in Sochi
4th place World Cup Relay in Sochi
11th place World Cup 500M in Dresden
8th place Europeans 1000M in Malmo
5th place Europeans Relay in Malmo
11th place World Cup 500M in Dresden
11th place at World Championships 500M in Debrecan, Hungary

AMBITIONS FOR SOCHI:  Individual Medal 500m

Paul's photo gallery

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