Sunday March 9, 2014
BMW Magazine reports that a BMW S100RR is teaming up with inline skates (and their riders) to set a 10-wheeled World Record.
Imagine putting on a pair of inline skates and then being towed at 200mph behind a BMW S1000RR ridden by five-time land speed record holder, Valerie Thompson (one the world's fastest women on two wheels). That's the coming event for Swiss stuntman Jürg Schläfli (also known as 'Indi200') when the two adrenaline junkies attempt to set a new inline drag-speed skating record in late September in 2014.
Jürg Schläfli is an experienced stuntman who has been inline drag-speed skating for 16 years and already has a list of 14 world drag-speed inline skating records. He has been towed at 186mph behind a car and his fastest speed behind a motorcycle is currently 174mph. In this new challenge, Jürg and Valerie will attempt to break the 200+ mph barrier together.
Valerie has more experience than most in setting land speed records on two wheels, so it made sense for them to combine their skills and work towards a common record-setting goal.
Saturday March 8, 2014
Some skaters force you to take notice. Chuks Smith - aka SkateGuru Sweetkid Smith - is the C.E.O. of the Brave Gliders Skating Club in Lagos, Nigeria, and he is a young man who is determined to grow his club and the sport. Chuks welcomes everyone in Lagos to join his competitive team.
If you need help learning, the group will help with inline speed skating, aggressive skating, skate ball and freestyle slalom cone skating training. Contact Chuks Smith for more information:
Brave Gliders Skate Club
Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
Monday February 24, 2014
Historic ice skating relics exist as far as 3000 B.C. And by the early 17th century, ice skating was a form of transportation for early Dutch skaters who called themselves skeelers and skated on frozen canals and waterways in the winter.
In Sochi, the Netherlands earned 23 Olympic speed skating medals: eight golds, seven silvers, eight bronzes. The rest of the world combined left Russia with 13. Dutch men and women even set Olympic speed skating records - with a little help from Korea. They earned 21 of 30 possible individual medals. This was speed skating domination by the original skeelers.
On the other hand, the stars and stripes are not flying in the Olympic speed skating results, although the U.S. medal count for other events was good. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and US Speedskating have promised a thorough investigation.
Tuesday February 18, 2014
The Northwest News Network has an inside line to J.R. Celski and his journey from inline skates to ice skates to the Olympics. In their story about the Pattison's West roller skating rink in Federal Way, Washington, they reveal a competitive club where speed skating Olympians, like J.R. and his role model Apolo Ohno, are developed but eventually leave to follow Olympic dreams.
Apolo skated for five years on Coach/Rink Operator Mike Pattison's inline speed team, and Celski did inline racing for nine years. But they both eventually opted to join the growing list of inline-to-ice transition skaters. This season the entire Team USA Olympic short track ice speedskating team in Sochi - plus many of the long track ice skaters - started their careers in roller sports.
The Winter Olympics started on February 7th and will continue through February 23rd in southern Russia. See the speedskating schedule to follow your favorite skaters and events.