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Ryan Leveille Aiming For Two Olympic Teams

So Leveille, who was a brash, promising newcomer on the United States national short-track team when the crash occurred in 2004, spent the final hours of his 21st birthday at a Los Angeles hospital, flanked by his teary-eyed coaches and girlfriend. His back was broken in five places. He was lucky to have dodged paralysis.

Only three other top-flight speedskaters are known to have sustained broken backs. One returned to the ice. Two did not, one because of paralysis.

Now, even as he continues his physical and psychological recovery from the crash, Leveille (pronounced lev-ee-AY) aspires to become the first United States speedskater to be on both the short- and long-track squads at the same Olympics.

Read the full article here; Lucky Just to Be on Ice, and Aiming for Two Olympic Teams.

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Pascal Briand- Running Sprints, Rest Day At The Beach, & Bike Crash

Here are Pascal Briand’s three latest entries;

donc ce matin je faisais un travail a pieds pour retrouver mon depart des grandes années…je commence par des educatifs d’athletismes pour developper mon “pied” c’est a dire ma qualite d’appui au sol et renforcer les chevilles. ensuite des series de 10 20 30 40 30 20 10m progressivement accelerer …et enfin 3 departs arretes en duel contre le fameu thomas boucher.

so as u can see i crash this morning on the bike during a sprint…i broke my chains…F*** so i crash on the left side. burn in many small different place, incredible i didnt get more…really lucky in some ways. the frame is destroyed, carbon broke in the higher tube…was 2 weeks new…good job man…other pieces looks older now but still work.

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Video- Crash At Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup- From Skate-tv.de

Check out Skate-tv.de’s video from the Biel Swiss/ World Inline Cup.

I’m still trying to figure out what hapenned in that crash.

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Pictures- Wrecks & More From USA Indoor Championships

spdsk8n shared a few more wreck photo sequences from the recent USA Indoor Championships-

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Photo from spdsk8n

European Roller Speed Skating Championships- Results, Videos, Reports, Pictures, & More

As you surely know by now, the European Roller Speed Skating Championships are under way in Oostende, Belgium.

The world wide web is filled with all sorts of information, results, news, pictures, and videos from the races. As I did earlier, here are some links that you can use to launch your exploration to find what you want and need-

Resources

Results & Reports

Pictures

Videos

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Photo shared by Roller En Ligne

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Photo from European Championships Roller Speed Skating

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Photo from European Championships Roller Speed Skating

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Photo from MundoPatin

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Photo shared by Skate Bond Nederland

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Photo from Bildimpressionen.de

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Photo from Daniel Yeow

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

Candy Wong- More On Those Bruises

My next race will be the mid-distance championship in St Paul where I’ll get to compete with many of the girls from MN. Strictly speaking, I never race with any of them before so I am very looking forward to this event.

Read more from Candy Wong here; More On Those Bruises.

Pictures- USA Indoor Championships- From Michele McConnell

Michele McConnell shared a few photo albums from last week’s USA Indoor Championships-

You can find more pictures here;

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Photo from Michele McConnell

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Photo from Michele McConnell

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Photo from spdsk8n

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Photo from spdsk8n

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Photo from spdsk8n

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Photo from spdsk8n