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From Europe #6- Thursday Night Skate Video, Cheese & More Cheese, Meeting Francois And Marie

I’ve been taking my training quite seriously. To take a break from training and relax with friends, Morgane and I started taking part in Nante’s Thursday Night Skate.

Last Thursday’s skate was ‘water fight night’ (splatch), where people brought water guns, water balloons, pails of water, scuba diving suits, flippers, and more so they can continually spray and splash each other for 2 hours. See photos here.

You can see my video here- 2008-07-24 Nantes Thursday Night Skate– or watch below-


Morgane (right) looking at some of the cheese selections at the E. Leclerc supermarket (Atlantis location). The French- at least here in Nantes- have an incredible selection of cheese


This pack of Camembert cheese spent a few hot days in Morgane’s backpack. She had no idea it was there. I don’t know how it ended up in the pocket that she never opens 🙂 Hehehe. It fermented in the heat and fermented in the night. Earlier today while at the track, Morgane endlessly complained about her bag’s smell. She emptied her bag, blaming her socks for the awful smell… until she finally found the fromage… and then she attacked me


The gang admires racing pictures taken by Francois and Marie– Yann Guyader (in blue t shirt) ended up going home with some fantastic shots- I was really glad to finally meet Francois and Marie who have taken many beautiful pictures. Marie is wearing the white shirt and Francois is wearing the blue costume


Thursday Night Skate- water fight nigth; these guys carted a shopping cart filled with water so they could easily re-arm their water pistols


Cecilia Leboeuf gets ready to skate while Francois and Marie converse with Maxime Provost


Cheese at E. Leclerc…


and even more cheese at E. Leclerc…


…and even more selection!


Anytime the Thursday Night Skate stopped by a water fountain, everyone went crazy and filled up all their water containters


Photo from Nante’s Thursday Night Skate

NROC Standings- Updated After Chicago

The NROC Standings have been updated after this past weekend’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon- see the following links for standings;

NROC Prime Scores
NROC Pro Standings
NROC Team Standings – Men

GB Worlds Team

See the thread England News (page 111) for the inside scoop on the Great Brittain World Team-

The unofficial grapevine has been at it again. Rumours are abound that the GB worlds team will consist of the following skaters:

Vincent Henry
Mat Price
James Ashby (Junior?)
Chris Stafford
Gavin Pollock
Tanya Gibson

Pics- Eastern Seaboard Series #3- Kevin Osborne

Go to PICS FROM TREXLERTOWN to see kevin osborne‘s pictures from the latest Eastern Seaboard Series. You can access the photo gallery here.


Photo from Kevin Osborne

Oval Provides USA ST Team With Icy Refuge From Hot Summer Sun

Here’s Ohno Zone‘s latest update; North American Short Trackers Hard at Work

Meanwhile, the Jayner family sends in these shots of Team USA being put through its paces in Kearns. Sounds like the Oval provides a nice icy refuge from the hot summer sun of Utah.


Photo from Jack Jayner and published on Ohno Zone

Thomas Boucher Interview

Team Rollerblade published an interview with France’s Thomas Boucher-

For these World Championships, I’m focused on sprint distances. I think the sprint level in France is higher in comparison to the past years. But we have to be carrefull, because some countries like Italy or the Netherlands (Mulder’s brothers) were not at their real level during the European Championships. The World Championships will be a new competition, and everybody restart at the same point.

USA Indoor Nationals Pictures- Cusac

Click here for the Cusac’s USA Indoor Nationals pictures.


Photo from Cusac’s Photos