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Leaving For Europe

I am leaving for France today. Morgane Echardour and I fly out this evening. We’ll spend a few days in Paris and then we’ll head up to Nantes. We’ll return to Canada in mid-September after the World Roller Speed Skating Championships.

I don’t expect that I’ll be regularly updating Speed Skate World until at least the weekend. I not quite sure how Speed Skate World’s content and approach will change while I am in Europe. I’ll decide on the fly.

This is a good training, racing, and learning opportunity for me. I can’t promise top results, but I can certainly say that I’ll be putting up my best efforts to skate fast, well, and strategically sound.

I am really excited to be going over and to see what I can do. I’ll do my best to keep in touch via SSW, MSN, and Facebook.

Thank you to everyone who supported me through friendship, training, donations, and well wishes.

Just for fun, here’s a picture of my nephew, Sebastien swarmed by chickens-

Last Chance For FIRS Standard Track For Montreal’s Le Taz

Le Taz is an multi sport indoor facility planned for Montreal. The facility will include an indoor roller speed skating track. The project has ample funding and construction is underway.

Those involved with the planning and contruction of the project have tried communicate with FIRS to gain access to the plans and are prepared to pay the appropriate fees to have access to the current FIRS standard track plans.

FIRS has not been communicating or responding to the requests for standard plans.

The window of opportunity for Le Taz to have access to the FIRS banked track plans in time for construction is closing rapidly.

If planners and developers cannot get access to FIRS’ plans very soon (ie within the next day or so), the track design will not be a FIRS standard banked track. Rather, plans for a 200-meter non-standard flat-track will have to be used.

Le Taz is a fantastic opportunity to have a completely indoor standard banked track facility in Montreal.

Please contact Youri Juteau at Youri.Juteau [AT ]etsmtl.ca.

European Junior Championships- More

The European Junior Championships are currently taking place in Denmark.

Make sure you stay up to date with results and pictures thanks to the official website.

The photo galley is here and the up-to-the-minute results are all here.

Skating Sisters is providing lots of coverage. Check out the day 3 report, day 3 report (again),  day 3 (one more time), and day 3 (that’s right!). Just to switch things up, here’s a day 2 report. If you can’t read or understand the language, do like I do and click one of the links and it should take you to results or pictures.

Mundo Patin is also providing media coverage of the event. Good stuff.

Good News Suzhou

This is what Bill Begg shared in the thread SUZHOU WIC NO SHOW?;

The big name South American skaters who could not attain Visa’s had them approved only 24 hours before Kalon Dobbin & the Matter team leaves for Suzhou.

We had been working very hard over the last month, to get approval through the Chinese Federation from there department of external affairs, we received the information & after a period of waiting, a copy arrived at the Zurich Chinese consulate.

So with the top skaters Dobbin, Rosero, Baena, Munoz Begg & Co all waiting with the Wic President Coni, the much awaited good news came through & now all the top competitors will be present in Suzhou.

$8 for 08.08.08 Event Challenge

On July 8, 2008 ~ one month to the Games ~ we’ve made it our goal to have EVERY Canadian contribute their $8 for 08.08.08!  

Here is how you can help us help Canadian Athletes from coast to coast:

Donate Your $8 Now July 8, 2008
Host a dinner party, a barbeque, get a bar to charge $8 cover in support of our athletes, or simply enjoy a get-together and have everyone leave their $8 for 08.08.08.

 If you are interested in organizing your own $8 for 08.08.08 fundraising event, please download and fill out our July 8, 2008 Event form.

Download July 8, 2008 Event Form doc

For more information on how to get involved call us at (416) 755-7353, or 1-866-937-2008, or email events@CanadianAthletesNow.ca. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 8, 2008 Event Calendar
Manitoba  | Ontario  | Quebec

2285 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB, R3J 0L9

Mangia e Bevi
260 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 4L5

Tri Nations Softball Cup
Peter Hallman Ball Yard
Kitchener, ON

La Cage aux Sports
6419 rue Jean-Talon
Saint-Leonard, QC H1S 3E7

24 Heures Roller Du Mans- Downhill Pictures

Click here (select ‘vitesse’, scroll down to ’24 Heures du Mans’ and then go to the 2008) for a photo gallery containing 88 pictures of skaters taking on the downhill section of the 24 Heures Roller Du Mans. I found this photo gallery thanks to Roller En Ligne.

Photo from Roller En Ligne

24 Heures Roller Du Mans- Rphil- Solo Winner

Roller En Ligne shared Rphil’s account of the24 Heures Roller Du Mans. He was the winner of the solo skaters. You can find Rphil’s blog here.