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Andrew Love- Marty’s Video, David Jensen’s Postcard From Korea, Jessica’s A Zebra

We skated for a while and he shared about the incredible sacrifices it took just to make it to the Olympics. In his own words, “my Dad begged me to stop skating.”

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P.S. These pictures are worth printing right now, here is RZ & my Mom. RZ is deploying her 1000 watt smile!‘- caption and photo from Andrew Love

Here’s some great reading for you- Andrew Love shared a couple of more entries on his website-

Weirdly enough, I don’t miss the opportunity to race, but I miss skating in new places like this, and I definitely miss the friends I have among the international masters community.

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World University Games- Speed Skating Done- Results & Report

Click here for the full and final results from the World University Games that took place in Harbin, China.

Speed Skating Canada shared a report- Canadian women finish off University Games with 6th place in Team Pursuit

Canada’s Justine L’Heureux (St. Tite, QC), Kirsti Lay (Medicine Hat, AB) and Shannon Sibold (Calgary, AB) put together their very first team pursuit, racing 2400m around Harbin’s long track ice in 3:13.45 to finish in sixth place in their last event at the 24th Winter Universiade in China.

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NROC- Registration & Early Events

The National Roller Cup (NROC) registration is open- and if you register early, you’ll get some wheels with your entry. There are 6 races & events on the early 2009 schedule. The website says that a few more events may be added to the schedule.

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RIP Mary Quimby

RIP Mary Quimby-

Stacy Ristine’s mother (John Ristine’s mother-in-law)  passed away recently- you can share thoughts here.

she is a proud skater parent, and skater grand parent. she is always at the meets watching the kids skate. johnny is asking you guys please could you say a little pray for mary tonight. speed skating is a big family. and we need to help each other out.

Marchese Part 2: The Secrets Of Success

With so many pro skaters using Paul’s boots, is his position in today’s elite Speedskating world like a dream come true? “It just happened,” says Paul. Ask wife Liz and she’ll tell you that Paul would never be happy producing something that was less-than-perfect. “There have been times Paul and I have looked at each other and said, ‘How did this happen? Who would have guessed it?’” The Marchese’s are proud of their hard work and love making a contribution to the sport that has given them so much pleasure. “When the best athletes in the World rely on us to help them achieve their dreams, there is no greater validation to our hard work.”

Read more here- Marchese, Part 2: The Secrets of Success.

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Cancelled- The Great Race Inline 10k & Half Marathon

The Great Race is cancelled- visit The Great Race webiste and read the press release

An Elkhart to Goshen Memorial Day weekend tradition for the past 28 years has come to an end.Due to the lack of general funding and major sponsorships, Ron Schmanske (Founder/President/CEOof the Great Race, Inc.) has announced the cancellation of all Great Race events; and the Great Race Board of Directors have voted to move forward with the dissolution process.

Read and share your thoughts here- CANCELLED – The Great Race Inline 10k and Half Marathon.

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Video- Rick Mercer Report- Big Rideau International Speed Skating Marathon- Portland, Ontario

Portland’s Big Rideau International Speed Skating Marathon was recently featured on the Rick Mercer Report on Canadian National television CBC Television– check out the video Skate the Lake.