Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Skaters satisfy need for speed

By Alicia Cosgrove
Published: Friday, August 29, 2008 3:50 PM CDT
Fresh from the USA Roller Sports Inline Speed Skating Nationals, two Summerfield competitors have been enjoying a well-deserved break.

Mollie Brown, 17, competed in the June outdoor competitions in Colorado and the July indoor competition held in Nebraska. She was elbow-to-elbow with skaters from 77 other teams, all of whom hoped to perform well enough to qualify for the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports Speed Skating World Championships in Gijon, Spain, in September.

In-line skaters excel at national event

Northville resident Susie Jackson accounted for seven medals and placed first overall in the Grand Master Ladies Division. Jackson's son, Nathan, also fared well at his first national meet, placing second in the freshman boys division and second in the freshman four boys relay along with Kaleb Broomhall, Aaron Cingle and Zachery Dimitri.


Family fun day for New Castle County

Many athletes in various sports got their start in roller skating. NBA 2004 Slam Dunk Champion, Fred Jones, credits roller skating with strengthening his leg muscles, which helped result in a successful college career at Oregon and a position with the Indiana Pacers. Olympic gold medal speed skater Chad Hedrick started his career on roller skates before switching to ice skates to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Olympic speed skater Apollo Ono also began competing in speed skating with inline skates before switching to ice blades to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Olympic hopeful Mark back on track after injury

PENNSBURG — While the focus of the Olympics has most recently centered on Beijing, thousands of athletes are well into their training for the 2010 Winter Games.

And one of those athletes, 18-year-old Alex Mark of Pennsburg, is hoping Vancouver, Canada, will be the site of his Olympic debut.

Mark, who attended Upper Perkiomen High School as a freshman, is the youngest member of the Wheels on Ice Program (WHIP), designed to crossover America's top talents in inline skating onto the ice. Only 12 skaters from throughout the U.S. were picked for the program, and athletes like Joey Cheek, Derek Parra, and Apolo Anton Ohno are proof the system can yield Olympic hardware.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Horning makes national team

One of the best inline speed skaters in the nation, Horning left Salisbury for Colorado Springs, Colo., last Friday to train for the 2008 World Roller Speed Skating Championships in Gijon, Spain. Along with the other 23 members of the U.S. world team, she'll be in Colorado for another two weeks, training six-to-eight hours a day before leaving for Spain on Aug. 26.


Rock Hill skaters excel

Jacob Anderson, 8, Damon Spencer, 10, and Will Irby, 12, set national records in inline speed skating in Lincoln. The three were among a group of 14 at the championships who practice under trainer Donnie Allen of Rock Hill.

Anderson broke the national record for the 1,200-meter primary two mixed -- with teammate Deja Johnson, 7 -- and the 1,200-meter primary two-boy -- with teammate Travis Spencer. Jacob and Damon set another national record on the 1,200-meter juvenile four-boy -- with teammates Aidan Murphy-Booth, 8, and Clay Ellerbrock, 9.


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Greased lightning

By John Denny

The Clackamas Review, Jul 8, 2008

PORTLAND – Things are looking up for the speed skating team at Oaks Park Roller Rink.

“We’ve moved up from the sixth strongest region in the nation last year to this year we’re the third strongest region,” said Derek Meade, a 38-year-old Milwaukie speed-skating enthusiast who coaches the team.

Meade is a big reason things are looking up for the Oaks Skating Club team. He’s been a part of competitive speed skating since he first took up the sport close to 30 years ago, and he’s got credentials.


Monday, July 07, 2008

From 'out of nowhere,' Honey Brook speedskater makes his mark

By Tom Brolley
Reading Eagle

Keith Carroll toed the starting line at the first race of the recent Junior Inline Speedskating National Championships, ready to make a quick impression.

In less than 27 seconds, the 17-year-old from Honey Brook did just that, setting a blistering pace in the time trial and breaking the national record in the 300-meter banked track race.

"That race let everyone know that he's the fastest man on the track," said Jeff Foster, Carroll's coach with SOS Racing. "That really set the tone."

Carroll would finish the championships with two national records and four medals - two golds and two silvers - on his way to placing second overall at the meet in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The next step for the Twin Valley senior-to-be is the World Speedskating Championships in September in Spain. Foster said Carroll has the chance to come away with five medals.

After that there may not be much left for Carroll to achieve in inline skating, leaving him with a tough decision.

Carroll aspires to go to the Olympics in 2014, but there's a small problem: Inline speedskating is not an Olympic sport. Carroll will eventually have to decide if he wants to pursue that goal or stick with inline skating.


Healthy and injury free, Baver has great expectations

By Tom Brolley
Reading Eagle

Before Allison Baver went on to Olympic fame in short track speedskating, she was a local kid terrorizing the competition on inline skates.

The Wilson grad, along with skaters such as Apollo Anton Ohno and Chad Hedrick, is among a growing number of former inliners to have success on ice.


Denham Springs native wins skating race

Debbie Rice of Denham Springs won the women’s division of the American Family Insurance Badger Games Inline Marathon on Sunday in Portage, Wisc.

Rice, 40, finished the 25.5-mile inline-skating race in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 27.3 seconds, more than 5 minutes faster than the runner-up. She stayed with the lead men’s pack until the midpoint of the race.

She finished 15th overall.

The victory in the women’s division, Rice’s second in a National Rollercup race, gives Rice a narrow lead in the NROC master women’s division with 120 points.