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2008 Gijon Worlds- My Fall In The First Corner Of My First Race

The 300-meter heats took place earlier today. I heard that USA’s Brittany Bowe set a world record in the senior women’s race. In the senior men’s 300, to finish top-20, skaters had to skate under 26-seconds.

My Fall In The First Corner Of My First Race: We skated the senior men’s 10km points heats. Top-20 of each heat qualified to the final. I crashed out in the first corner when a cone was kicked onto the track and got caught in my skate. It felt like a spectacular crash with 100’s of skaters falling and flying over the boards, but in fact only one other skater fell. The best part was getting a knee to the face as I was spun around kind of upside down. It’s a bummer to watch the finals from the stands.

Canadians: Jade Pauley made it out of his heat in the junior men’s long race. He was on the bubble, but just managed to squeak in with 20th.

I’m going back to the track now to watch the finals- I had just enough time when the afternoon program wrapped up to come back to the hotel, drop off my suitcase that Yamo and Ewen (French friends) brought from Nantes, send a couple of e-mails, and eat.

The senior 10km points, junior 15km points/ elimination, and 300-meter finals are all taking place tonight.

Again, make sure you use the following links for all the news beyond the little that I am sharing; scan them carefully because I’ll be adding more as more come to light-

  • CIC Worlds
  • Gijon 2008 [English site]
  • Competition schedule
  • Mundo Patin World Championships page
  • Mundo Patin World Championships page #2
  • Bont CIC PatinCarrera- live results
  • Bont CIC PatinCarrera World Championships page
  • Mundo Patin’s pictures
  • Cado Motus– insider’s perspective by Australia’s Mick Byrne
  • World Championship 2008 in Gijón, Spain– Bont Forum
  • Equipe de France Roller 2008- blog
  • Bont CIC PatinCarrera- live video
  • Training & News
  • Hotel Leon– Team Canada’s home during the World Championships
  • Roller En Ligne World Championships page
  • A Younger Perspective– USA’s Keith Carroll
  • Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht– Belgium’s World Champion
  • Powerslide Racing News
  • 2008 Worlds on USARS
  • Live video streaming- roller tv
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