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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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Results & Pictures- Medemblik Games Finale

You can find results here from the Medemblik Games Finale

Click here for Tims ProSkateShots’ pictures from the competition.

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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 & Videos- Maneblusserstrofee In Mechelen

Click here for rik huys’ pictures from racing at the Maneblusserstrofee in Mechelen.

You can find a few videos here.

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Photo from rik huys

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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

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.

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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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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My Pictures- Eastern Seaboard Series #3- Trexlertown

The third race of this year’s Eastern Seaboard Series was held this past Saturday.

Normally skaters race on the 1-mile loop. Because of the rain and wet conditions, race organizers decided to hold the race in the parking lot.

You can read a bit about the race here; Ride to Trexlertown from NYC.

Here are my pictures-

My Video- Eastern Seaboard Series #3

Here is my video from this past Saturday’s Eastern Seaboard Series #3 held in Trexlertown- 2009-08-22 Trexlertown Eastern Seaboard Series #3.

More Pictures- European Roller Speed Skating Championships

Here are a couple of photo albums from this year’s European Roller Speed Skating Championships held in Belgium-

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Photo by Søren Helmsøe

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Photo by Søren Helmsøe

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Photo by Søren Helmsøe

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Photo from Maximillian_Viking

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Photo from Maximillian_Viking

Pictures- Eastern Seaboard Series #3- From Herb Gayle

Herb Gayle sent some of his pictures from Saturday’s Eastern Seaboard Series #3.

Because of the rain, the race was held in the parking lot on a 250-meter track.

Portugal’s Team For The 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

Terrinha Speed Skater shared team Portugal’s line-up for the China 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships.

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Andrew Shatzer- Skating Helps Shatzer Turn Into Big Wheel

Even though he is arguably the most successful athlete at James Buchanan High School, Andrew Shatzer doesn’t always play the part.

“His gym teacher was amazed when he found out how good he was,” said Shatzer’s coach, Patty Leazier. “He was like, ‘No way.’”

Read more here; Skating helps Shatzer turn into big wheel.

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Barinas, Campeón De La IV Valida Nacional De Patinaje.

Barinas, campeón de la IV valida nacional de patinaje

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Photo from PatinColombia

Pictures- European Roller Speed Skating Championships- From RollerSisters

RollerSisters shared plenty of pictures from the recent European Roller Speed Skating Championships held in Belgium.

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Photo from RollerSisters.com

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Photo from RollerSisters.com

KNSB’s 2009-2010 Long Track Speed Skating Calendar

KNSB shared a 2009-2010 long track speed skating events calendar.

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New Zealand & Australia At 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

MundoPatin shared New Zealand’s line-up for this September’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships taking place in China. You can also view New Zealand’s roster here.

Click here to see who will represent Australia.

Bill Begg shared his thoughts on the New Zealand & Australian teams.

Australia looks to have a solid team, if all are on Form, lets hope the Finster brothers can keep out of Hospital, after the last two Worlds, Mick Bryne has decided to opt for preparing for Worlds in Australia & Daniel Greig will test everything thats waiting for him & senior medals are well within his reach.

New Zealand has not the surety around if of recent years, no Shane Dobbin a 4 x World Champion & Current Marathon Champion, a very big blow for the Kiwi team, Kalon Dobbin has stuggled this season with Injuries & the World Games, did not bring any joy.

And for your enjoyment, click here for videos from 500-meter track races from the Spain World Roller Speed Skating Championships.

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Pictures- European Roller Speed Skating Championships- From Pattinaggio Bellusco

Pattinaggio Bellusco shared many really nice pictures from the recent European Roller Speed Skating Championships. Use the links that follow-

More galleries;

Seconda giornata su pista in quattrocentosessantotto fotografie nelle raccolte: FGHIL

La prima giornata su pista in trecentoquaranta (grazie all’hot finger di Daria) fotografie nelle raccolte: BCDE

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Photo from Pattinaggio Bellusco

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Photo from Pattinaggio Bellusco

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Photo from Pattinaggio Bellusco

USA Roller Sports Announces 2009/2010 Inline Speed Skating National Team

Find out what skaters are part of USA Roller Sports’ 2009/ 2010 Inline Speed Skating National Team- USA Roller Sports Announces the 2009/2010 Inline Speed Skating National Team

The team is comprised of those individuals in the World Class and Junior World Class divisions that received a minimum of nine points at the 2009 Outdoor National Championships, along with the top two overall Freshman Girls and the top two overall Freshman Boys (provided they will be at least 12 years of age at the beginning of the Fall National Team Camp).

Congratulations to all National Team Members listed below!!

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Bart Swings & The Belgians Coming Strong

Belgium posted good results at the recent European Roller Speed Skating Championships- see EK09 Road Wrap: Rise of the Belgians for more.

One of Belgium’s most successful athletes at the European Championships was first-year senior skater Bart Swings. You can read about his success at the competition- Bart Swings talks about his thrilling victories. Here the interivew in French- INTERVIEW : LES CHAMPIONNATS D’EUROPE 2009 DE BART SWINGS.

“Yes, it has been amazing. Of course I didn’t expect to win 5 golden medals in the first senior championship I skated. I knew though, that I had good chances of winning medals. But winning the first distance, the 1,000 meters, right away, meant a lot. It gave me the confidence to win the other 4 also.”

Click here to view a collection of photos featuring skaters from Belgian & CadoMotus competing at the European Championships.

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Photo shared here

Rosters (Colombia, Spain, France, Belgium) For 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships, Looking To Venezuela 2010

You can expect more news in anticipation of the upcoming World Roller Speed Skating Championships in China.

The following links name a number of national team line-ups;

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Photo from VisualSkate

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Belgium’s Wouter Hebbrecht shared a blog entry about the World Championships- Wouter Hebbrecht- On the way to Worlds in China

Out of my personal experience I can tell you that even if you reached the biggest achievement of them all (that would be world champion in our sport), you should always look for a way to get even better if you want to win again and again. That’s another reason our sport is such a great one! Always teaching us there is more to it than just skating as hard as you can! I know if you take a rest your competitor will be out there working hard and that may very well make the difference this coming September!

Venezuela is hosting the 2010 World Roller Speed Skating Championships. You can find a preview here; Mondial 2010 : direction le Venezuela.

Le Comité International Course (CIC) vient d’annoncer (le 6 août) sur son site que le Venezuela accueillera les championnats du monde 2010 de vitesse.

Après avoir vérifié les candidats organisateurs pour le mondial 2010 le CIC a désigné la ville de Barquisimeto, au Venezuela, en tant que ville hôte de la compétition 2010.

European Roller Speed Skating Championships Wrapped Up

The European Roller Speed Skating Championships concluded on Saturday with the marathon races.

Now that the competition is over, you can use the links below to piece together and get a glimpse into what happened-

First of all, here are compilations of links that I shared-

And here are links for you;

Resources

Results

Pictures

Reports

Videos

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Bildimpressionen.de, by Uwe Ziedler

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Photo from Bildimpressionen.de, by Uwe Ziedler

ISU Communications- World Cup, Junior World Cup, & International Speed Skating Competitions

The most recent ISU Communications include a whole bunch of long track speed skating competition dates-

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Discussion Continues About USA Indoor Nationals On the East Coast

There is still lots of discussion and sharing of opinions in thread Indoor Nationals on the East Coast in 2011 or 2012?

Getting back to the original subject. In my opinion keep it in Lincoln where the best floor is. And the least distractions are. The only thing on Our skaters minds should be the next race, not where can we go have fun. After all the sacrifice on the athlete and the parents for the entire season skating should be the focus at nationals.

If we don’t throw in a little fun once in a while, there will be less and less kids wanting to continue in the sport. After skating intense practices for 8-10 months, doesn’t every person deserve a little fun as an award for the hard work all year? A little side distraction keeps the mind clear and the body loose and relaxed. I know for myself, sitting in the arena, contemplating all the what if’s and nervously anticipating the upcoming races doesn’t do me any good when it’s time to roll up to the start line. You have to throw in a little fun and distraction in my opinion, to make it your best day possible on the floor.

Its families like yours that I love! Thanks for spending your only vacation every year at Nationals. Thank you for the support when you could be going to a different location and giving one cent or one minute to our national championships. One or two days of exploration in a new town is great for a family. That’s all I’m fighting for… Not everyone is in this sport to be the next Chad or Joey.

Video- Junior Men’s 500-Meter Road Final- European Roller Speed Skating Championships

Here’s a video from the junior men’s 500-meter road final at the European Roller Speed Skating Championships; Inline skating 2009 championship Oostende Italia 500m junior men road slowmotion DQ.

You can read and share thoughts here; What makes Inline speedskating an olympic sport!!!

What an outright disgrace & I hope Sanfrantello, one of the ones promoting this grap ( The Buck stops with Him ) is ashamed of it, as he is supposidly one leading our Olympic Charge. Well this unsavoury bit of skating deserved being sent home, if he did not, she should stay with the Ice.

The Italian being gifted ( Nearly as big a Sham as Maradonna’s Hand of God Goal ) was a drafthorse compared to the Belguim, who got manhandled & interfered with on 4 occassions that I could see. He was not good enough to win on merit & him relegated to 3rd, should have been the best outcome they could have dreamed about.

The problem was the belguim boy tried to use his hand to get back from the first foul & thats probably what the Judge saw, well he should have had his feet kicked out from underneath him & bit the bitumen, that would have been justice, but my wife lost 4 World titles to the same sort of crap, so I know how he would feel.

This is clearly dirty or maybe just too aggressive; my question is this do the rules prohibit that kind of skating? And if so, then what do you do with this kamikaze racers that would get themselves disqualified to clear the way for their team mates to win the race? Shouldn’t the team be penalized as well and not just the skater? Because this dirtiness have team strategy written all over it.

Indoor Nationals On The East Coast In 2011 or 2012?

This post has been very active since it started; Indoor Nationals on the East Coast in 2011 or 2012?-

I was sitting in the stands during Indoor Nationals, brainstorming as usual.
I thought to myself WOW, wouldn’t be soo cool to have Indoor Nationals in Hershey, PA in the year 2011 or 2012. I think that it would be a nice change of pace to let the East Coast have its chance to host Indoor Nationals. I tossed the idea to a few of my friends here in the Eastern Region. They absolutely loved the idea. I went talked to Spanky for few minutes gave him my idea.

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Road Racing On At European Roller Speed Skating Championships

The road racing portion of the 2009 European Roller Speed Skating Championships is underway in Oostende, Belgium.

After another long day full of heats and finals the following results of the 200m Senior men and a few pictures. Also Ferre (feefee) did a great job placing 2nd in the 20k elimination race. He was incredibly close to the gold medal (0.006s) but Francolini succeeded in holding him of. The Belgian senior men team did another great job working for their leader of the race and Bart even hung in there for 3rd. 20 medals and counting is what we are up to right now…in my 25 years of skating I have never seen the Belgian team this successful.

In his first year as a Senior, Bart Swings has stamped his name on the 2009 European Track Championships in Zandvoorde, Belgium this week – winning the 1000m & 10km Points/Elimination events in a week of sub-World Record skating on the historic track…

Here are some links for you to launch your web surfing;

Resources

Results

Pictures

Reports

Videos

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Photo by Uwe Ziedler, Bildimpressionen.de

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Photo by Uwe Ziedler, Bildimpressionen.de

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Photo by Uwe Ziedler, Bildimpressionen.de

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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Photo from Tims ProSkateShots

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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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