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2008 Worlds Gijon- I Made It Out + A Fight

Today was my first ever successful attempt at qualifying for a final at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships. I skated my 15km elimination heat and squeaked in the top-20, just enough to qualify for this evening’s final. 

The race was pretty darn hard on my legs. I tried to survive the speed that these other fast skaters can deliver! Let’s just say I suffered through my heat, and I get to do it all over again tonight.


Can you spot SSW’s awesome web-man? Look for the grey & white on the outside about 13 positions back with his right arm out- oh come on! Can’t find me? Fine, look for the good looking guy 😉


Senior men’s 15km heat #1 (my heat)

500-meter Rounds: The French duo of Julien Despaux and Nicolas Pelloquin qualified for tonight’s senior men’s 500-meter final. I’m pretty sure USA’s Joey Mantia is sick- people saw him vomiting and also lying on the ground, out of it.


Semi final #1- Korea, Italy, France, France- both of France’s skaters qualified for this evening’s final

USA’s Harry Vogel crashed at the line, trying to outstretch and hark China-Taipei’s Wei Lin Lo. Vogel came short, fell over, spun around, and popped back up.


New Zealand’s Kalon Dobbin reaches for the line along with Colombia’s Juan NayibTobon


Italy’s Erika Zanetti leads the 500-meter semi-final. USA’s Sara Sayasane- seen in 4th- passed everyone in the 2nd last corner to win the race 

1000-meter Rounds: Junior girls were a lot of fun to watch. One of the heats saw the leading Colombian and American skaters fall, and a Chinese skater take the win- but the heat was re-skated after officials made a mistake and the girls raced 6-laps instead of 5.


Italy’sFrancesca Lollobrigida ledas the way in the junior women’s 1000-meter semi-final

Other News: The hotel staff who work in Australia’s hotel found some broken glass on the floor. According to my source, the hotel staff was rather confused when they saw the glass on the floor but no broken windows or picture frames. A source also informed me that there is broken picture frame 2 or 3 floors up from where the broken glass was found.

Fight! Fight! Fight!: Worlds is intense; there was a fight between two skaters after a race today- this is what I heard happenned;

1- Skater A pulled skater B’s costume during a race
2- Skater B was mad after the race
3- Skater A & B exchanged heated words
4- Coaches came in and separated skater A and B
5- Skater A kicked or swiped at skater A, knocking his glasses off
6- Skater B got a water bottle and soaked skater A’s skates, wheels, and bearings

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
  • World Championships on TV- Gijon 2008 TV
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