Welcome to Margarita Botero's Portal

Training for the South Korea World Championships in 2006.

I was a Professional Athlete

My mom gave me my fist pair of skates when I was a 7-year-old girl. That one gift has been the most memorable present I have ever received.

I started going to the skating track and rolling around because it was my favorite thing to do at the time.

As the years went by, I realized that I was so passionate about it that I wanted to be the best long distance skater in the world.

So I set my goals straight and started doing some hard-core training.

It took me about seven years to become a member of the Colombian Roller Speed Skating Team.

I had the opportunity of traveling to many countries around the world, including China, South Korea and Argentina. I competed in many international championships, obtained many medals and learned tons about different cultures around the world.

I can say that thanks to being an athlete, I am more tolerant towards other cultures.

Being an athlete taught me qualities that I am sure I will use for the rest of my life. I'm very responsible, persistent, constant, passionate, and understanding. These qualities have opened many doors in my life, including a successful military career.

In 2007, I decided to stop skating and focus my attention on my degree. My family was a little upset at the time, but I am glad I made that decision. My future is much brighter than it was before, and I can still say I'm a world champion.