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Pictures- North Of The 49th Marathon (Winnipeg)- From Randall Plett

InlineSkateMpls shared Randall Plett’s pictures from this past weekend’s North of the 49th Marathon held in Winnipeg.

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Christophe Audoire- ‘Nihao’ From The Roller Speed Skating Championships In China

Christophe Audoire, coach of the Chinese roller speed skating team, shared his thoughts on the atmosphere building up in China for the World Roller Speed Skating Championships; HAINING : DANS L’AMBIANCE D’AVANT CHAMPIONNAT DU MONDE

Christophe Audoire, entraîneur de l’équipe nationale chinoise de roller de vitesse, a posé ses bagages pour quelques mois pour amener les patineurs au plus haut niveau. A l’approche du championnat du Monde de vitesse qui va avoir lieu à Haining, Christophe nous plonge dans l’atmosphère des lieux…

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Discussion On Cheating Continues In ‘X-Race In Berlin Today’

The thread X-Race in Berlin today continues to feature rich discussion on cheating & officiating-

We all know who it is in the video and has been this years trouble maker but until he is dealt with (it is being addressed) thru the correct channels we have to be careful what we say. He knows he has been caught clearly on video so right now he is treading on hot coals waiting for a verdict. Also the race director has to start listening to his reffs or they will refuse to umpire races for the pittance they are payed. We are losing skaters because the good guys don’t want to have their chances ripped away from them with a punch in the head from this guy. We really are trying to clean the sport up in this part of the world but it takes one bad apple to spoil it for everybody.

I have to agree with Bill, you can’t let the misfits intimidate you folks, you have to speak up, but then you can’t disagree with Niki either in to be careful on what is being said. Don’t speak alone either, make sure you are all on the same side and speak as a group of sportsmen who want to compete in a fair race and want the sport to grow, so no hatred, no “Lets hurt the competitive team” BS, speak objectively, and straight to the point you want to make, and they will hear you.

Meanwhile two ESPN people came up to me, trying to get me to leave the results as they had announced – they had come back from commercial but we still weren’t finished with the appeal process – they cut to another sport – I informed them that they were wasting my time and contractually we were going to finish our process according to the competition rules.

Top Ten Reasons To Skate Ottawa

Check out the Top Ten Reasons to Skate Ottawa.

2009-09-02-tto

The Collins Report: North of the 49th Inline Marathon

The most recent always entertaining & accurate Collins report is online- The Collins Report: North of the 49th Inline Marathon

Martha, Sue and Becky showed the true meaning of teamwork and decided to cross the finish line arm in arm, but then at the last minute they strong-armed each other in a fight for the prize money. It turned into a massive cat fight in a cloud of dust with fur flying every direction. Martha’s mud wrestling courses finally paid off and she crossed the line first.

Dave “The Caveman” Swan almost had a near death experience on his drive to the race. He was nearly attacked by Sasquatch when he pulled over to use a tree. The always-frugal Dave hadn’t showered in a few days, was looking quite disheveled with flies buzzing around his head and was looking his Caveman best.

Enforcing Rules- Fighting At The Berlin X Race World Inline Cup

With a few recent events featuring infractions including fighting but no calls/ disqualifications/ declassifications coming  from officials, skaters & fans are venting and sharing their thoughts in the thread X-Race in Berlin today

I personaly tried to get the officals to disqualify the skater even in the 3 SIC races before and even was pointing out the person to the judges before the race and nothing happend! From the rule book you can not disqualify someone after the race! I hope we have some clear calls next season!

From the Beil evidence the skater has to be outed, forget some of these guys who do not know a skate from a motor car, that think they are interpreting the rules the right way. Its Blatant, its clear & its rubbish, you can not have standover man tactics happening regularly & do nothing, you have to stand up to them.

Bringing the sport into disrepute is a strong enough offence to be outed on, when you have skaters scared of an opponent who has a reputation, as an enforcer in the finishing Zone area, who blatantly breaks the rules of fair play, its time someone took action.

Its like the closely related coach, who told me in a moment of anger in Holland, to never walk on the same side of the road as him in future. The first thing I done the same day, is deliberately made sure I Did.

Like the small skater who did not get his own way when I was a team manager & then told me he was connected, I then told him I had ordered the Boss from Palermo’s Girfriend out of a CIC meetting in Italy & she was connected also, so don’t bother scaring me with that story line.

Stand up & be Counted, whoever is running the show!

Yet another reason there needs to be a strong technical committee, separate in every way from the influence of sponsors money , and also a big reason the race director should not have any say in officiating issues, because we all know what happens when a race director , team manager, coach, or similar, is allowed to participate in the officiating process.

A solution is : Separating “PRODUCTION” issues and operations from “COMPETITION” issues and areas.

Production includes : Sponsors (raising money, public relations, anything to do with making teams or skaters comfortable, raising prizes or money, dealing with the media, that sort of thing)

Competition includes : Tabulation of results, interpreting and enforcing rules, course safety issues, equipment standards, etc.

There is an issue of course, of who funds the technical committee – however there should always be a contract separating the two areas of “production” and “competition”.

In production, its their job to make people smile, keep people happy, including sponsors, teams, spectators, media, athletes, city or government permits and permission, collecting and soliciting the prizes etc.

In competition the “technical committee” has a narrow focus of ensuring that the “technical rules” of the race / federation/ rulebook are are enforced in black and white fashion – no favoritism, no pandering or ass kissing of sponsors, big name athletes, no cozying up to the race director, no special favors granted to famous athletes, that sort of thing.

So when a competition decision is rendered (such as a penalty , or change of placement, or a fine, and the athlete or team files a “protest” or “appeal”, the jury that decides on the original decision or appeal, should NOT include the race director.

The officials should have (be furnished by the race itself) sufficient number of motorbikes with skilled drivers, to be able to be all over the race – always changing position around the peloton , be in radio communication with each other, be able to pull people out of the race, be able to inflict instant time or placement penalties on offenders (and with chalkboard , clipboard, and megaphone(bullhorn/loudspeaker) instantly inform the offender/peloton of infractions/penalties .

Just my opinion…

Results, Report, Pictures- San Benedetto Italian Inline Powerslide Cup

The Italian Inline Powerslide Cup made its most recent stop this past weekend in San Benedetto;

Women
1- Laura Lardani
2- Simona Di Eugenio
3- Arianna Arcidiacono
4- Valentina Fede
5- Sofia D´Annibale

Men
1- Luca Saggiorato
2- Massimiliano Presti
3- Francesco Zangarini
4- Fabio Francolin
5- Matteo Amabili

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