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Pictures- Flanders Grand Prix- From SkatingSisters

SkatingSisters shared some pictures from the recent Flanders Grand Prix. To get to the photo album, click here.

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Photo from Rik3130B

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Photo from Rik3130B

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SS Boots

SS Boots is now in the links.

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Bill Begg Shares His Views On The Current State Of Inline Skating

Bill Begg shared his views on the current state of inline skating; What’s the Current State of Inline Skating?

In this tough economy, the skate companies are struggling to continue their support for the World Inline Cup. In recent years, it has cost about a quarter-million dollars to field a winning team — and that has proved too much for the likes of Hyper, Verducci, Salomon and Fila. At this point, Rollerblade is just hanging in there. And Bont — after years of six figure World Cup support — is downsizing its commitment.

Everyone is suffering. But skating is like an ocean with its ups and downs. We’re in a trough right now, but hopefully we can catch a big wave back to shore.

On the bright side, I’m optimistic about our chances for Olympic entry, especially after attending the World Games in Kaohsiung. Inline speed skaters were the local heroes of the event, racking up gold medals and media attention (even as some current world champions from Europe and the Americas failed to medal).

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Les 24 Heures Du Mans 2009 Sur Sport +

Un reportage de 15 minutes sur l’édition 2009 des 24 Heures du Mans est actuellement en cours de multi-diffusion sur la chaîne Sport +. Les prochains passages sont prévus aux horaires suivants : mercredi 29 juillet à 17h15, vendredi 31 juillet à 10h45 et 14h15 et lundi 3 août à 13h15.

Lisez en plus ici; TV : Les 24 Heures du Mans 2009 sur Sport +.

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Mike Garvin: Chicagoland Marathon (NROC) Report, Skating With 2010 Schankel Canada Marathon Squad

Mike Garvin will be skating the 2010 season with the Schankel Canada marathon squad- Join the Team

I’ll be getting more serious about my winter training this year; I’ve joined the new Schankel Canada Marathon Squad, managed by Andrew Hegarty. I’ll be signing up for Northshore as a team member, and I’ll be wearing my Schankel skinsuit at all events now.

He also shared a very detailed report on this past weekend’s Chicagoland Marathon NROC- Marathon Chicago Style

The Chicagoland marathon has come and gone. I went down for the marathon, but there was actually a whole weekend of events. Team Rainbo really went all out and created full weekend of racing. Sprints on Friday, time trials and 10K races on Saturday and then “the big show” on Sunday. There was a lot of buzz and everyone seemed to really enjoy the format.

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Andrew Love- Thanking Bruce Kohen

Check out Andrew Love’s latest entry; Thanks Bruce!.

  1. At the elite level of speedskating, 99% of athletes use custom made carbon fiber boots. A perfect fit is an absolute necessity when trying to push hard while balancing on 1mm of steel at 30+ mph (add in gallons of lactic acid induced haze for more fun). Custom boots are even more important if you have unusual feet like I do.

Although 3 pairs of boots might seem a lot, all 3 boots together is cheaper than a high end carbon fiber road racing bicycle, and given how much of my heart & soul have gone into speedskating, it is a worthwhile investment, and repaid with the joy I get from skating these amazing intersections of engineering and art.

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Liam McFarlane- Update; On Track For 2010

Olympic Trials are nearing, we leave a week today to Vancouver and our first day of competition is August 9th. I will try and keep things more update now.

Read the latest from Liam McFarlane here; Update!.

You can read the article that goes along with his post; Short-track speedskaters on track for 2010.

“It’s going to be tough, Canada’s one of the strongest men’s teams in the world,” said Gilday. “But we’re confident. Everything’s been going really well the past couple weeks.

“Once you make the team, you don’t have to have any doubts that we can definitely be medal contenders in all distances and the relay at the Olympics,” said Gilday, 22. “I’m confident the men’s team has the ability to put somebody on the podium and there’s no way we want anything other than gold in the relay.”

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