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World Records Keep Falling At European Roller Speed Skating Championships- Day 2 & 3 Results, Reports, Pictures

Italy’s Erika Zanetti and France’s Kevin Gauclin set the 500-meter World Records on day 3 of track racing at the European Roller Speed Skating Championships under way in Belgium.

Sorry for not writing any sooner…internet in the hotel isn’t great! Yesterday we skated the 300m heats and finals. A very long day with plenty of rain and cold weather We were about to start our heats but the rain decided to postpone us a little while longer. That meant we had to keep warming up 6 or 7 times today before we could finally hit the line. In the heats I had a hard time to get going and that showed in my first 100m. I don’t think i have had a high 9.5 opener all year. Luckily in the final I could open a little faster to keep enough of a gap to win it.

Zandvoorde, Belgium has been the site of many magic skating moments – hosting the Track World Championships in 1991 and again in 2002. On Thursday 30 July, 2009 the fast flat-banked asphalt track chalked up a few more, as no fewer than 5 men went below the 300m TT World Record (set by Pedro Causil at 24.531s on 04/09/08, Gijón ES).

Here are links for you to use and explore to dig up everything you need to find;

Photo from Daniel Yeow

Photo from euro-inline2009.be

Video- Empire Speed In New York City Park

Here’s a video from New York City; empirespeed

Andrew Love- Building/Water/Ice

This is a great entry from Andrew Love; Building/Water/Ice

There is an intense community among this group, and among the wider society of skaters at the oval. The friendships are obvious, as well as the stress that comes from a competitive environment that is all focused onto a few days of racing.

When Speedskating is good, it’s really good, but when you aren’t going well, it’s a hard road.


Sijtje Vd Lende Interview

Thanks to Coenwesselman.nl, I can share this link to Schaatsenzo.nl’s interview with Sijtje Vd Lende (you might want to use Babel Fish Translation).


Ed Duncan- Giving A Friendliest Greeting From Oxygen Deprived Lungs

One of the cool things about the workout was that I kept skating past a father and his (perhaps) 5 year old son who were “rollerblading” on the path and were clearly interested in what I was doing. I heard comments like “take a look at this guy” as I blew past them. On my last pass the little guy saw me coming and gave me a really friendly “hello” –so I did my best to give him the friendliest greeting that I could muster from my oxygen deprived lungs as I whizzed by in the opposite direction.

Needless to say, I am perhaps 20 years older that the father -and could be the same age as the kid’s grandfather.

Read more from Ed Duncan here and also click here to follow his blog.

Nicole Begg Conquers Putrajaya Asianic Inline Cup

In her first road racing since the end of April, Nicole Begg Tackled the tough Putrajaya Bouelevard Malaysian Course, with a tough hill test on each of the 7.5 km laps of the 45km race, In the first Hill after a fast opening pace Nicole Begg lead Kim Sik (Tiger) from Korea over the top, followed by Diasuke Kazamaki from Japan & Johanas Wihardja from Indonesia over the top, with fellow Indonesian’s Dimas Prasetya Putera & Eri Marina Yo the second lady over the top, Sylvia Setiawan, was the 3rd Lady, but with the tough opening start & first hill thrust by Nicole, at the end of lap one, Tiger Sik, Nicole & Dimas had a 43 sec lead over the rest & they continued to go away.

Read more here; Nicole Begg Conquers Putrajaya AIC.

Liam McFarlane- Skiing Zen: Inspiring Book

Before my meeting with my Sport Psych, Danelle Kabush, last Friday I asked her if she had any ideas for books. She had a couple suggestions, some I had read, but one in particular that I hadn’t: Skiing Zen. I pointed out that I wasn’t a big skier but she suggested that I borrow it anyways. It was amazing.

Read more from Liam McFarlane here; Inspiring Book.

2009 Athens To Atlanta Is A Go

The following is from 2009 Athens to Atlanta (to see the registration confirmation list, click here)-

After a meeting last night, the event is still on, and will be held on Sunday, 11 October 2009. The below is a statement about the event.

Once again, there have been questions raised about the A2A 2009 event. The event will go on as planned in October, so that puts an end to that question. What has been in question is the level of the production, not the skate itself. As with not only skating events, but most sporting events, cash sponsorship has been harder and harder these past several years, so events in smaller sports have to depend more and more on the entries to fund the production of the event. We have been able to fund the production for the past several years with some corporate sponsorship, help from our friends who you know as our “Super Sponsors,” as well as the normal entries. This year is no different. We may not have the large hall at the Classic Center in Athens, or as many police on the route as we have had in the past, but what we will have is a great time with all of you that come to A2A!

As we get more entries, we will be able to increase our level of commitment towards the production. The skate is on whether it is 10, 100, or 1000 skaters. This is a skater sponsored event and if you are getting this posting, you can be a sponsor if you are not one already! If you have not registered yet, doing so earlier rather than later, will help make A2A a better event for everyone. If you are not skating and just want to help support the event we welcome that as well.

Thanks to all of you who have registered, you make it easy for us to plan for you.

The APRR group looks forward to seeing all the A2A family in October and skating with you once aqgain. I will be doing the 38 again 🙂

See you at the Friday night skate or in Athens…

Holly & Mike Snow, Olympic Speed Inline Racing- Enola, PA

Holly & Mike,

Ya, putting it out there but in a good way. I hope the retirement from the sport serves you all well; but we all will be missing out from two great people.

Read more here; Holly & Mike Snow, Olympic Speed Inline Racing – Enola, PA.

NROC Standings After Chicagoland (4 Events So Far)

The NROC standings have been updated to include points from this past weekend’s Chicagoland Inline Marathon.

With events in St-Paul, Ottawa, Duluth, and New York, there is still plenty of action and movement to take place in the rankings.

If you haven’t registered for the series, go ahead and do so.


Do Rolling Officials Need Helmets?

A proposal to the Speed Committee from the Coaches Regional Representatives deals with Helmets for Rolling Referees. With the speed of the skaters leaving and returning to the relay box, many referees lack of agility and speed to avoid a collision with these skaters. It is obvious that a potential serious head injury is just waiting to happen. Why is it that we are told that the Insurance company requires skaters on the skating surface to have a helmet on and fastened or be disqualified while not requiring helmets for the safety of the rolling officials. Once again at Nationals we saw officials getting knocked down, tripping and falling and one time two referee falling on top of each other while skating in the center. With skaters speeds increasing every year, Officials are forced to skate at their top speed in a smaller and smaller circle in making an attempt to call a skater over or disqualify a skater. Do we wait until a rolling referee is seriously injured before common sense dictates that referees wear helmets. Officials, please don’t tell us that helmets will limit your ability to see or wear radios. Every sport with referees on skates (ice hockey, roller derby, ect) requires helmets. What do you think?

Click to read more and to share your thoughts; Do Rolling Officials Need Helmets?.

Speed Skating Canada’s ‘The Buzz’

Click here for Speed Skating Canada‘s most recent ‘The Buzz‘. [PDF version]

At Speed Skating Canada’s 2009 AGM in Richmond, the final report of the LTPAD Competition and Events System Review was released to the membership. The report outlines the recommendations of the review team as to how to align to the competition and events system for speed skating in Canada with the LTPAD model. Printed versions were distributed to all AGM delegates and Coaches attending the Coaching Symposium. The French version will be available in August.

The report was received by the membership and the following the resolutions unanimously adopted:
o The Guiding Principles for Competitions and Events
o The Developmental Constructs in principle
o The Developmental Recommendations in principle