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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.

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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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Reports- Berlin’s X Race

Here are some more reports from this past weekend’s X Race World Inline Cup held in Berlin;

Martin Thaler and Cecilia Baena are the winners of the 8th XRace’09 in Berlin. While the Colombian Baena proceeded with her string of victories, the victory of the Austrian Martin Thaler was a real surprise. Three kilometres before the finish area he wanted to do it on his own, broke away and left the top stars behind. Brilliant sunshine in Berlin, 800 participants and numerous spectators made the race, which goes over the half marathon distance and belongs to the WORLD- as well as to the GERMAN INLINE CUP series, a real success.

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Results, Report, Pictures- Sneek Open Games

The Sneek Open Games (Open wedstrijd Sneek) were held this past weekend.

An open criterium race in Sneek was held last Saturday, with good performance from CadoMotus athletes. One win, four podium spots.

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

Report & Results- Fohnsdorf Austrian Inline Cup

The Fohnsdorf Austrian Inline Cup was held this past weekend-

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43 Nations Confirmed For World Roller Speed Skating Championships

According to MundoPatin, 43 nations have confirmed their entries for this months World Roller Speed Skating Championships.

The following is part of the article translated using Babel Fish

In the last week they have confirmed a great number of countries where Germany, Austria, China Taipei, South Korea, Ecuador, Guatemala, Holland, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Czech Republic and Switzerland, have been those that they have presented its skaters pointed for the competitions of China.

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Pictures- Nachwuchs-Cup Aaretal- From Quartier Zopf Online

Quartier Zopf Online published pictures from the Nachwuchs-Cup Aaretal.

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Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

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Photo from Quartier Zopf Online

Report- Sierpniowy Marathon (Poland)

PatinCarrera published a report on this past weekend’s Sierpniowy Marathon held in Poland.

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Pictures & Report- Winnipeg’s North Of The 49th Marathon- From Herb Gayle

Herb Gayle sent me a report with pictures & results from this past weekend’s North Of The 49th Marathon held in Winnipeg-

I went to Winnipeg on August 29-30 to support Randy Plett’s wonderful inline event titled: North of 49th. Mike Anderson (Bont) took top honours, Stephane Tremblay 2nd (Ilpeloton), Benoit Letourneau 3rd (Ilpeloton), Conrade Thomas 4th (my Aloe Up team-mate); I got dropped from the leaders with one lap to go and was caught by a large chase pack.

Skating in a large pack is much easier than skating alone in a marathon, however since it was the last lap, skaters were moving within the pack for better positioning. I tried to avoid getting trapped near the back when it was time for the battle. You could feel the adrenalin building as skaters anticipated the inevitable field sprint. Dave Lawler was up front, but he was reluctant to initiate the sprint since we still some distance to the finish line. Moments later, Tim Turner lead out the sprint and I was third of fourth in the peloton, then I heard someone moving up on the left, so I moved around the skater in front of me on the right side. The sprint battle was in full force with legs, skates and arms flying which seemed like a long journey slightly uphill to the finish. My Aloe Up Team-mate Conrade Thomas saw the action and he said I had a crazy look on my face as I was coming in ahead of the pack to claim 5th place overall.

The top overall women were Martha Flynn-Kauth 1st, Sue Welch 2nd, Becky Maus 3rd, [Lorraine Plett 4th and  Ann Vanbellinger 5th].

An added bonus this year was having a Porsche sport car as the official pace vehicle, thanks to Greg Carrigan and his friends at a local car dealership which were one of the race sponsors. A few lucky skaters got a chance to test drive the Porsche (in the parking lot) after the race.

I highly recommend you come out to the North of 49th and bring two friends…it is a terrific inline race on a very smooth course; kindly tell all your friends to come out to Winnipeg next year on August 29, 2010.

Herb

Video- Part 2- Eddy Matzger Skates The Highest Paved Road In the World

Here’s a cool video from Eddy Matzger- Eddy Matzger Skates the Highest Paved Road in the World. It’s pretty wild- check out the dancing man at 3:40!

The Hell Of The North- By Frank Fiers

The following is Frank Fiers’ account of the 100km race in Hallum- The Hell of the North, by Frank Fiers

“Another breakaway was launched that again we missed, and this one is serious. After 55km my team mates again put themselves in the lead and Pieter-Jan van Eck, after pushing the pace up beyond 50km/h for a long while, eliminates 80% of the pack and decreases the gap to the breakaway – until only seconds separated us. Normally, I would have jumped towards the leaders, but in my head spins the thought that if I want to win this race with these legs, I have to be very careful where I spend my energy.”

“A lot of emotions are flooding through me. How incredible, that we all find this the most beautiful race of the season, just as everybody is completely used-up. We struggle to the finish line. I realize, being 38 years old and starting with this great level of fitness as I did this time, that this was probably one of my last chances to win this race again. The euphoric moment of the regroup of the pack just 10k before the finish line became a devastating feeling. It is an intense moment as the race draws to a close, filled with feelings I know I may not experience again.”

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OISC Story In The Ottawa Citizen

OISC Story in the Ottawa Citizen

Although (in my opinion) poorly written, here is the article that details the upcoming Inline Festival. It was featured in the local newspaper here in Ottawa. It is too bad the focus is on “elite” skaters as we are trying our hardest to attract as many rec skaters as possible. Oh well.

It was the “swoosh, swoosh” sound that lured Kim Brennan to competitive inline skating.

That’s the sound a peloton, or group, of inline skaters make as they race, taking each stride in sync.

“I could hear them coming,” said Brennan, 34, who was then a recreational skater. “As soon as I saw that, I thought that is neat.”

Now, roughly five years later, the financial analyst is treasurer of the Ottawa Inline Skating Club and has clocked a marathon on wheels in under an hour and half.

Results- Rollers Diepenbeeck

Click here for the results from the recent Rollers Diepenbeeck.

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Results- Sierpniowy Marathon (Poland)

Click here for results from Poland’s Sierpniowy Marathon. You can find more information on the event here.

Womens:
1) LLORENS TAMARA / BONT WHEELS TEAM
2) MARTINEZ KELLY / BONT WHEELS TEAM
3) VIVAS ALEXANDRA / BONT WHEELS TEAM

Mens:
1) ROSERO CALAD DIEGO / ROLLERBLADE WORLD
2) TRINAROLI GUILLERMO / BONT ENDURENCE TEAM
3) WILKING VICTOR / EXPERT RACE TEAM

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USA’s 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Team Trials

In the thread Winter Olympics 2010, Jim White gave some information about USA’s 2010 Olympic speed skating team trials;

Short track: 9/8-12 in Marquette, MI
Long track: 10/21-25 in Milwaukee, 12/26-30 in Salt Lake, with World Cup races also a factor, it’s complicated (thanks, Julie)

Reports & Results- X-Race World Inline Cup (Berlin)

You can find results from the X-Race World Inline Cup, held in Berlin, in the thread X-Race in Berlin today.

After first informations from Berlin a single skater from X-Tech escaped in the last lap. Scott Arlidge tried to bring it back, but he did not get any help from the other teams. Guyader alone with Elio Cuncu did not work,. Powerslide Phusion with 5 did not take the lead at all in this situation, Rollerblade with a tired Nicolas Iten not able to chase, so the sprint of the field was only for 2nd place.

Nayib opend the sprint very early passing the complete Rollerblade line up with Powerslide Phusion behind him. Nayib won the sprint of the field easy for 2nd place in front of Kwinten Tas.(Powerslide Phusion).

1. Cecila Baena
2.Sabine Berg
3. Jana Gegner

Men results:

1. Martin Thaler, IDEEprint-X-tech 0:32:08
2. Juan Nayib Tobon, ZEPTO Skate Team 0:32:11
3. Kwinten Tas, Powerslide Phuzion World 0:32:11
4. Christian Diaz Granados, Powerslide Phuzion World 0:32:11
5. Nicolas Zamudio, Powerslide Phuzion World 0:32:12

Here’s a report; Überraschungssieger beim X-Race – Martin Thaler schleicht sich davon!!

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Marathon Course & Host City- 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

The thread WORLD CHAMPS HAINING 2009 contains Bill Begg’s description of the marathon course and of Haining- host city of the upcoming 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships-

The road circuit is about to be layed today, the Chinese have training scheduled for Monday on the road & it appears they will be on the money.

The Marathon course is about 5 km a circuit, no need to get lost hunting for it, one end of it goes past where the Bank Track is & the road circuit is in in the centre of the the marathon track, so all very close together in this small Chinese city of around 600,000 population, virtually no one speaks English.

I went around the Marathon cource today, with officials from Haining Organization & the Police, noting where any little patch up Jobs will be required.

Its a Rectangular course 2 sides about 1.5 Km & the other two about 1 km, at least 3 lanes wide.

So In Colombia we had the win behind the motorbike, as the wrong skater got on it first.

In Spain we had the grabfest at the last Roundabout, the same Nation getting gold each time, by totally unnaceptable actions & no action by judges.

These corners are big & open & its a least a 600 meter straight Joey Mantia or Luca Saggioratto run to the finish.

So lets hope no ugly cheating at this years marathon.

The road circuit is all prepared & about to be laid, with the tar sealer all ready appied to the stone base cemented to keep it firm & not loose & dusty.

It is a very nice looking circuit around 400 meters in length by the look of it.

Anywhere else in the World this late people would be worried, but with an army of workers, anything can be transformed within a day.

I am predicting a great Championships here in Haining in this quiet City of 600,000 people, the locals call it a tiny city, but to New Zealand standards, it is virtually double the size in population of our 2nd biggest Cities.

The people are very friendly, but only about 1 in every 200 speak any English, the city is full of Bicycle Richshaws, I paid the poor women who had to pedal me up a little hill, over a bridge 15 Rnb for a 8 RNb ride, thats about $3 New Zealand.

Now the bigger Vechicles & the Horns rule, but its not to tell you to get out of the road, its mainly to let you know they are there, in the constant game of Dodgems, but like everywhere in China Pedestrian crossings mean nothing, do not be Niave enough to think, that as you are on a crossing with a green light, as you are not. you look both ways 3 times then go, so you never get a clean run, its usually only half way accross at a time.

For you English speaking people & decendants, I was told by a couple of foreingners I bumped into that the Oasis Bar, Sports, Bar & Grill, Cangi River Street was a reasonable quiet place to go, with a great atmosphere for foreigners & an Aussie owned the Bar.

Well a free Pool table in the bar, lots of lovely young ladies circulating & organizing the drinks, this American who had a small table Keg in front of him, that he had just refilled seemed to know his way around, he told me if you want to learn Chinese, you play this Dice game, the problem is, that if you get it wrong, you have to skull your drink , so him and the other two reserves who kept changing saw off a couple of Kegs & 12 Steinlargers later I walked out of the Oasis.

Well the next day the owner arrived at the skating rink with half the staff & his wife, they said they also had lovely Western Food, well they were right there, as their Bacon Cheese & Egg Burger, with some salad & chips was great & honestly one of the nicest burgers I have ever tried, so will full on top steak, Pizzas & Toasted Sandwiches, we can all feel at home.

Great news for English Dinning Legend Vincent Henry, alias Prince of Belair, The Fresh Prince, Mr Kentucky, Mr McDonald & Chicken & Chips, they also have a Chicken Burger on the Menue! So two Kentucky frieds in Haining, plenty of Fried Chicken shops & one opposite our Hotel, that is open till 2am usually, with Chicken Burgers & Chips, plus pick your own barbacue skewers, with everything to select from.

So find your way around, its an interesting city, with the biggest difference, nearly half the middle age female population drive these battery operated Motor Scotters, cost about $350 USA in Shanghai.

Roller Speed Skater Salaries

In TRANSFER MARKET 2010, you’ll find information about skaters & their salaries and contracts- Bill Begg shared the following-

Well no one hears much, its a confidential matter between sponsors & the skater.

For instance some may have made contracts while the market was bouyant & before the recession, I know this year some lucky people had contracts, that there was a lot better value out there in the market place.

Four or 5 years ago, top men could expect to collect around $40,000 USA sign on fee, I doubt if more than a handfull if that, get that kind of sign on fee at present.

Apart from the Verducci team of ladies a few years back, who apparently got generous handouts & the Kia Motors team with the Korean Good looking Girl, who was reportidly on $100,000 USA plus, there have not been lucritive contracts for women, I would say in these times a $20,000 sign on fee would be tops.

Also the prize money has decreased, everyone was hoping getting in the Olympics would boost there salaries, but we have to build the numbers up & open up new territories to bring in new sponsors, a few industry ones are hanging in there at present, but we need the ones from outside the Industry.

Also at present the World Inline Cup does not have the glamour it used to & some thoughtless tinkering of the points system, has made a mockery of it, hopefully they see the light before its to late.

But at present you could buy a top team of men, with about $50,000 USA up front for sign on fees.

The team managers or coaches are paid very little, sometimes the skaters paid for or 5 times more, so no one wants to be a team manager, unless they have another Income source to support them.

Joerg from Zepto was involved in the management of cycle teams & was one of the few who could bring in other than skate team sponsors.

I was involved talking with him early on , as they gradually picked up one or two good skaters & built up over the past 5 years from seen by the previoius pro teams, as a bunch of no bodies, to one of the best teams allround nowdays.

Joerg & Eginhard kept the name Zepto ( From memory a measurement of a period of time, less than 7 secs.) while even the WIC hierachy criticised them, that they needed a big brand name sponser, but as its turnt out perhaps 10 sponsors between 2,000 to 10,000 Euro a piece, are far better than no sponsers at all.
As they are the only team that has really grown in recent times.

Andrew Love- Qualifying Like a Lightning Strike Setting Your Heart On Fire

Andrew Love latest entry is Qualified!

For many speedskaters, qualifying for Olympic trials is a HUGE moment. It’s that moment where you KNOW, that all that suffering has paid off. Certainly there are higher goals, world cups, O-games, medals, media immortality, etc, but for the vast majority of the athletes. QUALIFYING is the goal, and a moment that they remember forever.

The first time you do it, it’s a lightning strike that sets your heart on fire.

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Wouter Hebbrecht- Learning From Others

Throughout the years that I have been competing I have to admit that training with other athletes can make you a WAY BETTER skater. I learned a whole lot off skaters by listening to them and taking all of the advice that I could take from them. Even if sometimes I could only pick up half of what they were saying I tried to take it all up and deal with it. More so I think I even learned a big deal out of skating with people that weren’t world champions. They made me realize that skating isn’t as easy as it seems; its not all about training till you drop and being the most physical skater you can be. It’s also about learning how to push, how to position your body, how to swing your arms,….and one of the best ways to learn that is by analyzing other skaters.

Read Wouter Hebbrecht’s complete entry here; On the way to Worlds in China part 2.

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Articles About Canada’s 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Squad

The media is reacting with a flurry of articles now that Canada’s 2010 Olympic short track speed skating squad has been announced;
When the 10 members of Canada’s Olympic short-track speed-skating team were announced yesterday, the skaters in attendance were called to a riser in the front of a small conference room to be presented with a team jacket.Such is the popularity of the sport in Quebec that the path to the coveted jacket was blocked by a frothing pack of photographers and TV cameramen. At least a couple of the athletes, momentarily flummoxed by the crush of attention, couldn’t find their way to the podium.

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Photo from here, by Jeff Bough

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Mondial 2009- L’Equipe De France A Rennes, Compositions Des Equipes

L’ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE est en stage à RENNES sur la nouvelle piste de Rennes en stage préparatoire aux MONDE qui auront lieu du 25 aout au 28 aout 2009, piste aux caractéristiques identiques à celle de HAINING.

Lisez en plus ici; Mondial 2009 – L’équipe de France à Rennes et compositions des équipes.

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Countdown To Vancouver: Nicole Garrido

Speedskating-Online published the following article; Countdown to Vancouver: Nicole Garrido

Nicole Garrido looks back on a rocky first season as a senior. She skated an eleven second personal best time in the 5000m at Finale in Calgary, but she also had to face some major disappointments over the course of the past season. However, instead of letting these setbacks get her down, Garrido decided to use them for the better and to let them contribute to her development as a person and as an athlete. So now, after a season of learning, Garrido is confidently looking forward to the upcoming Olympic season, during which she hopes to qualify for the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Article- Chaz Im Wins Advanced Division At Chicagoland Marathon

Skating has come naturally to Im since he took up the sport four years ago at the request of his father, Taye, though only as a means of support for Chaz’s younger brother. That brother is now playing golf, but Chaz’s instincts on the track have kept him ambitious and competitive, even against opponents with more muscle or experience.

Read the full article here; Oswego teen wins skating marathon.

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Is Toronto A ‘World Class’ Sports City Ready To Host Pan Am Games?

This weekend the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and its evaluation committee will pay a visit to see if Metro and the Greater Golden Horseshoe have what it takes to host the 2015 Pan Am Games.

For more, go here; Is Toronto a “world class” sports city?.

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