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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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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.

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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Photo from here

Roller/ Inline Speed Skating’s Transfer Market For 2010 Very Active

The following is from Bill Begg in the thread TRANSFER MARKET 2010

While things have not been what they used to be in some parts of Europe & Industry Skate team sponsors have had there teams attending a range of meets & not just WIC, to chase more impact for their Dollar, the transfer market looked dead, but in reality its very active.

We can be sure that in 2010 Joey Mantia, Scott Arlidge & Nicole Begg will be 3 who will have a change of sponsors, who else of the top skaters are likely to transfer to other teams is unknown at this stage, the current economical climate appears to be looking a bit brighter on the horizon, so who knows.

A number of the less known International brands appear to be chasing big name individual stars, as opposed to getting teams, so lets wait for some more suprises, but thats 3 for sure.

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