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No Webcast For USA Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team Trials

We at US Speedskating are very excited about the U.S. Short Track Championships/Olympic Trials event that will be held in Marquette, Michigan next week. This event is an official Olympic Trials. NBC owns the rights to broadcast or webcast all Olympic Trials including this event, however, NBC has not opted to broadcast this event. Additionally, because NBC owns the exclusive rights to the event, US Speedskating does not have the option to broadcast or webcast the event. With this being an Olympic Trials, individuals are also not permitted to video tape the event for any use without specific permission by US Speedskating.

Read more here; Webcasting of speedskating.

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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Pictures- Colombia’s Roller Speed Skating Team Training For Worlds

Click here to view pictures of Colombia’s roller speed skating team training for China’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships coming up in September.

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Photos by Luis Ramirez, shared here

Pictures & Video- Argentina’s Roller Speed Skating Team Training

Check out VisualSkates’ pictures & video featuring Argentina’s roller speed skating team training on the road.

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Photo from Visual Skate

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Short Track Speed Skaters Nominated To Vancouver 2010 Canadian Olympic Team

“An Olympic selection process doesn’t last only 10 days, but a full three years,” explained Yves Hamelin, Olympic Team Leader for short track speed skating. “It all started right after the 2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games, with a four-year plan designed to optimize our preparation for 2010. Every day, I see talented and dedicated athletes and coaches working hard and together with one goal in mind: contributing to the optimal preparation of our Olympic team. Today, I am proud to introduce you to the ten athletes who will be representing us in Vancouver, and I am confident that they will offer great performances and will once again give everything they can on the ice of the Pacific Coliseum in February 2010.”

Read more here; Short Track Speed Skaters Nominated to Vancouver 2010 Canadian Olympic Team.

Speed Skating Canada Announces 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team

Speed Skating Canada announced its 2010 Olympic short track speed skating team during a press conference in Montreal earlier today.

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The Canadian team will focus on the first Short Track Speed Skating World Cup competitions of the season in Asia and North America as these will determine how many skaters each nation can field at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Coaching Staff
Derrick Campbell
Sébastien Cros
Stephen Gough
Jonathon Cavar

Women
Kalyna Roberge
Jessica Gregg
Marianne St-Gelais
Tania Vicent
Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Short Track Committee’s discretionary position- Valérie Maltais

Men
Charles Hamelin
Olivier Jean
Guillaume Bastille
Francois-Louis Tremblay- Bye
Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Short Track François Hamelin

Here are some screen shots from the live web-cast

Watch The Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Announcement Live On The Web

Visit http://www.ctvolympics.ca/breaking/index.html tomorrow, August 26th, at 1pm Eastern to see a live webcast of Canada’s short track speed skating official Olympic Team Announcement. You will see SSC officials, Canada’s Chef de Mission for Vancouver 2010, the Québec Minister for Education, Leasure and Sport as well as the members of the short track speed skating Olympic team for Vancouver 2010.

Read more here; See the Short Track Olympic Team Announcement live on the web!.

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Jessica Gregg’s Lifelong Olympic Dream Comes True

The day was kind of bittersweet, though, as two of my teammates from Calgary missed out on making the team by just fractions of a second. It’s hard to believe that in that short period of time, your dream can either come true or be changed. I was upset after watching my teammates’ two races, but at the same time I needed to celebrate.

I think now would be a good time to thank the skaters in Calgary who have been training with me for a very long time. We’ve all been through so much together and even though they won’t be joining me on the Olympic team, they will be a huge part of my experience. So thank you Jessica, Gabby, Marie Eve, Tyler, Mike, Liam, Richard, Dustin and Cory. I couldn’t have done it without all of you! And of course, thanks as well to my coach, Jon.

Read more from Jessica Gregg here; My lifelong Olympic dream comes true.

Short Track News- After Canadian Olympic Trials

Here are some short track speed skating news articles shared by Patinage de Vitesse Courte Piste

Jessica Gregg was nearly speechless. Liam McFarlane was near tears.

“I can’t even almost speak,” said the 21-year-old Edmonton native while proving exactly that. “I’m so excited. It’s a dream come true.”
Dreams were also realized for two other first-time Olympians. Mariane St-Gelais, 21, of St-Felicien, Que., also qualified for the 2010 team based on two second-place finishes in three 500s at the 10-day trials and Guillaume Bastille, 24, of Riviere-du-Loup, Que., earned a spot by winning the men’s 1,500 on Monday.
But while the young Quebecers were celebrating, it was heartbreak for McFarlane, a 23-year-old development team skater who nearly pulled off the surprise of trials.

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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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Canada’s 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team Selection Concluded

Canada’s 2010 Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Team trials are now completed.

Patinage De Vitesse Courte Piste shared lots of results, reports, and articles- click here for site’s most recent archive.

Liam McFarlane wrote the following entry; Goodbye Vancouver…

Anyways, after racing today my teammates and I took a well deserved trip to the beach for a few hours or R and R. I’ve just returned from a party that Red Bull put on for us at their private lounge downtown but now looking forward to returning to Alberta and spending some quality time with my family! Try and make up for the last 3 years of missed vacations and holidays when I was out competing and/or training.

The following is from Bell Short Track Team Selection concludes with the 1000m race.

Today’s 1000m race put an end to the Bell Short Track Team Selection event that has been taking place at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver since August 9th. Anne Maltais (Québec, QC) and Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) won the finals, but those results do not have much of an impact on the nominations that will be made for Canada’s short track Olympic team.

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Days 3 & 4- 2010 Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team Trials

The 2010 Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team trials conclude tomorrow in Vancouver. Here are links to help you figure out what happenned so far and which athletes have claimed sought-after Olympic squad positions;

Then with a little luck on my side pulled myself back into the 1500 m A final where I came 5th. I was sitting well with 3 laps to go (in 4th behind Olivier) but got taken out when Gilday and Marc collided hard and skated into the back of me. Both Marc and I went down, both of my skates ended up tightly packed beneath the mats.

I brought it all today. Two second places. I raced the best I could in the 1500 and was inches from pulling it off. It came down to a mano a mano race between myself and one other and I just lost out in the last lap and a half. As it looks now, I won’t be on the Olympic team. More to come in the next few days probably, I just can’t bring myself to write anything now. Thanks to everyone for your support, I know it gave me the legs I had today.

The short track speed skating team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is starting to shape up, as two other skaters were able to secure their place on the team, today, during the Bell Short Track Team Selection at the Pacific Coliseum. Both Kalyna Roberge (St-Étienne-de-Lauzon, QC) and Olivier Jean (Lachenaie, QC) won their 1000m race, their second win in the distance in the event. They will therefore not need to skate the distance a third time as no one could catch up with them in the standings.

Today was definitely the most exciting day at the Bell Short Track Team Selection, and Canada’s Short Track Team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games now has four more members. With a win in the 1500m race, Guillaume Bastille (Rivière-du-Loup, QC) joins the ranks, Jessica Gregg (Edmonton, AB) and Marianne St-Gelais (St-Félicien, QC) also secured their spots thanks to their first and second place finishes in the 500m. Tania Vicent (Laval, QC) is the fourth addition to the team.

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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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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Results, Reports, Videos, Blogs- Days 2- Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Trials

With one more day of racing to go at the 2010 Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Trials, there’s plenty of action remaining.

The suspense is still in the air of the Pacific Coliseum after the second day of the Bell Short Track Team Selection, with many athletes holding on to a chance to qualify for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes were racing on 500m and 1000m today, and four different athletes came out victorious.

The trials, taking place in Vancouver, will see more racing action on August 15th, 17th, and 18th.

Men’s Rankings After 2 Days Of Racing
1- Olivier Jean
2- Francois Hamelin
3- Michael Gilday
4- Marc-Andre Monette
5- Liam McFarlane
6- Guillaume Bastille

Women’s Rankings After 2 Days Of Racing
1- Kalyna Roberge
2- Jessica Gregg
3- Tania Vicent
4- Marianne St-Gelais
5- Amanda Overland
6- Valérie Maltais

1 mm doesn’t seem like a lot, but in speed skating it is. It could mean the difference between 1st and 2nd (referring to Dustin’s and my 1000 m final yesterday, guy tried to sneak me at the line after I had lead 9 out of 9 laps, haha – 1 mm difference) or it could mean the difference between feeling comfortable or not, especially leading into the 2nd round of 500 m’s. I needed that comfort back!

You can use the following links to find rankings, results, reports, and more for days 1 to 3.

Today was a day. Nothing special, but nothing terrible. Two 5th places in the 500m and 1000m. In the 500m this was my best placing ever at a National Trials, but I was left wanting more after winning the start in my semi final then proceeding to butcher the rest of the race to finish third.

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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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Photo shared by Roller En Ligne

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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.

Day 1- Canadian Short Track Olympic Team Trials- 500-Meters & 1500-Meters

Vancouver is playing host to the 2010 Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team trials. The multi-day competition openned on August 9th and runs until the 18th.

You’ll can find many videos in captsteveheart video archive. Here are videos from the 500-meter and 1500-meter men’s & women’s A-finals-

Canada’s top short track speed skaters are in Vancouver for the next two weeks, hoping to get the chance to represent their country at next year’s Olympic Winter Games. The Bell Short Track Team Selection event will run from August 9th to the 18th at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, the same venue that will be home to the events of the 2010 Olympic Games next February.

This will likely be the toughest competition of the year for Canada’s short track skaters, as the country can only send 10 representatives – 5 men and 5 women – at the Olympic Games, but many more athletes from the National and Development teams have proven over the last seasons that they are worthy to compete against the best in the world.

De la joie, des pleurs, des blessures, des dépassements serrés, des coups fourrés: les patineurs de vitesse sur courte piste canadiens s’apprêtent à vivre une compétition pas comme les autres, les sélections pour les Jeux olympiques de Vancouver.

Men Overall Rankings after day 1

1- Olivier Jean
2- Francois Hamelin
3- Michael Gilday
4- Guillaume Bastille
5 – Remi Beaulieu

Women Overall Rankings after day 1
1- Tania Vicent
2- Kalyna Roberge
3- Amanda Overland
4- Valeria Maltais
5- Marianne St-Gelais

One more practice to feel confident. The 2010 Canadian Olympic Team Trials start tomorrow afternoon. I am ready. I know that I can be confident that I have put all the necessary work, focus and sacrifice in. I think that I am lucky because I am able to say that no matter what happens at trials, I have no regrets with my preparation and training leading up to these trials. I have made sure to try new things in order to improve and have made the necessary adjustments to get the most out of each day. Nothing left to do but execute, let my body do what I have trained it to do and have FUN.

For day 1 results, check out Patinage De Vitesse Courte Piste

Some of the skaters are maintaining their blogs-

I don’t think a lot of people expected me to make both A finals today – 1500 m and 500 m. I unfortunately “crapped the bed” in the 1500 m final coming in 6th, but needless to say that’s actually pretty darn good considering I was ranked 16 out of 16 going into the distance… Michael Gilday however, my Calgarian teammate, won the race! Congratulations to him!

Here are some reports & articles-

Canada’s best short track speed skaters did not hold back on anything on the first day of the Bell Short Track Team Selection, the event that will determine which ones will get to skate at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Races were full of actions and athletes fought to the end, hoping to get precious points in the 1500m and 500m.

How do you look forward to next season and to the Olympics in particular?
“Of course I want individual medals, but right now the focus is on training really hard and skating fast!”

What is the one thing/most memorable moment that sticks out for you when you think of the Olympics?
“When I received my silver medal for the relay in Torino, because it’s such a big thing! For an athlete to be able to win an Olympic medal, it’s such a big accomplishment!”

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Vancouver Olympic Trials Begin Sunday

Michael Gilday‘s latest entry is Vancouver Olympic Trials

Van Van Van Van Van. We are back in Vancouver. Trials start on sunday but first heres a shout-out to J-Gregg, who has been blogging occasionally for CBC sports over the past few months.

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Michael Cheek- Indoor Nationals & More

Michael Cheek’s blog is back after a long bread- the latest entry is indoor nats.. and other stuff

Quick World Team stuff.. Made the team for the 6th yr in a row, so I’m going to China for worlds. The team is extremely young, but it’s good. There’s a lot of people going to worlds for their first time, so we’re getting a whole new group introduced to worlds. Which is good, b/c they can go home to their clubs and tell them what they learned. When most of the spots were from NC and FL it was cool for us, but I think it hurt a lot of other clubs.

Indoor nat’s 1 liners…… Way to go Julie, welcome back.. That being said Erin Jackson was a beast… Kirstyn Scales and Zach Lloyd are so cute, and really fast too.. HAHA i think i passed Joey for loudest ovation when introduced at the meet, take that homie(i know you’re way ahead of me for career ovations).. Nick you won elementary, and looked nice doing it, but i still beat you… Huge congrats to Ben Carey, I know Russ is smiling… NSC got everyone buzzin, just wait til it actually pops off…Sullys(or whatever it’s called), good times… Harry and Sammy, you know ya’ll both my guys, but I for sure laughed after the 500m… Stephen Carter may not have quite the speed he used to, but for a spectators, he may still be the best to watch…

Liam McFarlane- Spares, It’s August

Liam McFarlane latest entry is Spares. I also missed this one; It’s August!.

My coach, and others, probably think this is crazy… I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve always done it that way (maybe I’m just lazy). I don’t like to fiddle with my equipment, unless I absolutely have to! It drives me insane, literally. For a little while I tried to be more compulsive about it. But it eats you up, I’ve learned to trust the work done on the blades. Seeing the numbers on the gauge is good enough for me. I hope that mentality will stick with me through the next few weeks. Luckily, I’ll have two great coaches to take care of it for me if things should go wrong! Haha.

There is so much depth in Canada for Short Track talent. So it is going to be an intense week and a half. I general have that feeling when it comes to skating Canadian trials, but I know this’ll be different.

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Jonathan Cavar- One11Twelve: Keeping Busy With Preparing For Olympic Trials

Jonathan Cavar’s blog, One11Twelve, hsa been updated with the following entry; Where have I been?

The Canadian Olympic Trials are just around the corner and my athletes have been training like champions. They’re ready for one of the most difficult short track competitions they’ll ever compete in. (It has been referred to as the Olympics before the Olympics).

By the numbers:
– 5 days of racing over a 10 day period
– 3 distances, 3 times each for a total of 24 races
– 16 women vying for 5 spots, 16 men vying for 4 spots
– 1 goal, Vancouver 2010

One day, one distance and one race at a time.

Jessica Gregg- Final Countdown To Canada’s Olympic Trials

Jessica Gregg shared a new entr on CBCSports- Final countdown to the Olympic trials

The objective of the competition is simple: to select the five best male and female short track speed skaters to represent Canada in 2010. To do this, Speed Skating Canada wanted to create an environment for the trials that would be as similar as possible to the Olympics. That means we’ll have some off days in between the race days, imitating the Olympic schedule, as well as racing in the afternoon to finish roughly around the same time at night that the Olympic races will.

Right now we’re in our tapering phase of training. We’ve done all the hard work to get in shape, and now it’s all about fine-tuning. We’ll have four opportunities to skate on the ice in Vancouver before we start racing, so that will be enough time to adjust to the ice and feel confident in that environment again. Being there for a good part of the summer really helped us out, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone feels very comfortable there. It will be a nice feeling during our trials, but even nicer for the team that will skate there during the Games. That’s what home-ice advantage is all about.

Pictures- Colombian Skaters Training in Haining, China

Click here to view a few pictures of Colombian skaters, including Jorge Cifuentes, Andres Muñoz, Carlos Perez, Brigite Mendez, Martha Ramirez y Liana Holguin, training in preparation for September’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Haining, China.

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Photo by Luis Ramirez, shared by JorgoBotero.com

Venezuela’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships Selection

Check out Venezuela definió el equipo que estará participando en Haining 2009 to find out which skaters will represent Venezuela at the upcoming World Roller Speed Skating Championships. Worlds take place in Haining, China from the 18th to the 26th of September.

Senior Men
Alexander Bastidas
Daniel Alvarez
Fabricio Ervitti
Juan Jardines
Felipe Castillo

Senior Ladies
Sandra Vuelvas
Sara Ervitti
Karla Parada

Junior Boys
Leonard Munoz
Breiner Florez Breiner
Joshender Rodriguez

Junior Girls
Jessica Esteves
Shanon Hernandez
Solymar Vivas

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Duo Burn Up Roller Skating Track

Doucet and Echardour won’t be passing up any medals by staying home. While Canadian skaters are as dedicated and passionate about the sport as athletes from other countries, the coaching just isn’t available here. While he’s tops here, Doucet says he’s “middle of the pack” in international competition.

Read more here; Duo burn up roller skating track.

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European Championships- Participants By Country

MundoPatin published each country’s roster for the upcoming European Championships. You can also find additional information using the following links;

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Jessica Gregg- A Sneak Peak At The Vancouver Olympics

One stepping-stone has passed, but many more remain down the road.

We just finished our national team training camp in Vancouver, where we trained at the Pacific Coliseum, the site of the short track races for the 2010 Olympic Games.

The camp consisted of the top 16 ranked girls and guys in Canada, as well as a few more alternates, and the coaches and staff of Speed Skating Canada. We were all put up at a nice hotel in downtown Vancouver, a short drive away from the Coliseum. Staying at the same hotel for over two weeks can be a little tiring to some people, but as we were right downtown there were many things we could do when we weren’t training.

Read more from Jessica Gregg; A sneak peak at the Vancouver Olympics.

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USA Outdoor Nationals- Good Thing, Bad Thing- From Keith Carroll

USA World Team member Keith Carroll shared his insight and perspective on each division from the recent USA Outdoor National Championships- Outdoor Nationals Is Over

Outdoor Nationals is over. Well it came and went. Congratulations to everyone that made the US World Team. Like last year I must stress that making the world team should not be the end of it, it’s simply a formality the goal should have been and be the entire time the World Championships. What that means is after Indoor Nationals, almost everyone in the skating community will be taking it easier maybe going on vacation or returning to technical work with their skating but there should still be 24 skaters working harder then they did prior to Outdoor and Indoor Nationals!

South Africa’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships Selection

Roller En Ligne shared South Africa’s roster that will be competing at this September’s World Roller Speed Skating Championships in China-

Senior hommes
1) Tim Mitchell
2) Brian Baloyi
3) Phemelo Mojolwane
4) Marlon Avontuur

Junior hommes
1) Tshepo Modikwe
2) Karabo Manamela
3) Koketso Makhudu
4) Ubakeng Boikanyo

Junior dames
1) Tumelo Moteme

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Results, Pictures, Videos, Reports- Spain Roller Championships

Spain’s Roller Speed Skating Championships were recently held in Vitoria.

Click here to find out which skaters will be representing Spain at the upcoming European Roller Speed Skating Championships in Belgium.

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