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Cuba Gooding Jr. – Rink Operator

Thursday April 3, 2014

So, maybe the rink operator title is stretching the truth a bit, but Cuba Gooding Jr. did feel that his private roller hockey rink was one of the better features in his beautiful home in Pacific Palisades, California. Roller hockey is his favorite sport, and Cuba has also been a member of the All STARS Hockey League, along with model Kim Alexis, Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and pro hockey players Bobby Nystrom and Gary Nylund.

Gooding recently sold the property for around $10,000 million, so hopefully some lucky rich skater has a custom roller rink right at home.

National Health Through Fitness Day

Monday March 31, 2014

Rollerblade® is credited with creating one of the fastest growing sports in the world by completely changing the perception of inline Rollerblade® Logoskates. The company is also part of the 15th National Health Through Fitness Day at Capitol Hill that was held from March 4-5, 2014. This year the event was sponsored by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and included about 150 leaders from the fitness, sports, and physical education industries who gathered to help pass legislation to overcome the sedentary lifestyle int the United States. For the past 15 years, the SFIA has brought many people together to lobby Congress, including 15-20 sports celebrities such as Herschel Walker, Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Peyton Manning, Tim Brown, and more who come to Washington, D. C. to help this cause.

As a major innovator in the inline skating industry, Rollerblade is always looking for ways to provide people of all ages and skating levels with opportunities to become more active and have fun. This season's National Health Through Fitness Day was a successful part of the SFIA's efforts to pass new fitness legislation.  If you want to get involved or learn about National Health Through Fitness Day, visit the Sports & Fitness Industry Association site, and to find out more about Rollerblade, visit Rollerblade.com.

© Rollerblade®, Inc.

There's Power in Numbers

Tuesday March 25, 2014

Inline skaters crossing the Pont Neuf during a Sunday afternoon skate.

Unfortunately, no one knows where we can get it. USA Roller Sports is anxious to build membership in all disciplines and so is U.S. Figure Skating as well as most other skating federations around the world, for that matter. But all sports must grow from the bottom up to provide enough enthusiastic families and kids to trickle into the elite activities, while the rest become the knowledgeable fans who skate just well enough to hang on every accomplishment of the competitors and pros and support the suppliers who make our gear to keep it affordable. We need thousands of rounders, recreational skaters, street skaters, session skaters and fitness skaters behind each one that reaches an elite status... or who is going to lead the cheers and become our roller sports fans?

So where can we find a lot of committed skaters if there are not enough of them in our skating classes, clubs, teams or roller rink sessions - and without the help of a big media recruiting opportunity like Olympic participation to inspire potential skaters?

Lets take it to the streets. There's a lot of power and fun (as well as media visibility) in group skates with a lot of participants. Group skating activities and night street skates like the FNS have existed in the United States and Europe since the development of current inline skates.

Most of these well known events are thriving, but we need to work on keeping them strong and continue to build, re-build and support our local community skates and even local parades. Outdoors is free, easy for anyone to see and when weather is not agreeable, many who are hooked will come indoors to support the rink operators - and maybe even tackle a specific roller sports skating discipline.

Prehistoric Skate Wheels?

Sunday March 23, 2014

We used to joke about "Flintstone skate wheels." That is what happens when you Four Wheel Rotationforget to do a simple rotation of your inline wheels and excessive wear patterns give you the roll of a prehistoric push cart.

Now, the snow is finally melted in most places, so it is time to do all of your spring skate cleaning and rotating. The winter was rough enough - you don't need a rough roll into nice warm weather.

Image © 2009 Carlesa Williams, licensed to About.com, Inc.

An Urban Athlete Story and More

Saturday March 22, 2014

I started out watching a documentary on the Swedish rollerblader Peter Davik called An Urban Athlete Story. It is an HD short with a great soundtrack that was filmed sometime during 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. The producer and Director of photography is Joel Fernberg with secondary photography by Anders Bergen, editing by Anders Bergen and Joel Fernberg, and color correction and graphics by Anders Bergen. The announcer is Christian Schjott-Quist and subtitles were translated by Emil Sejby. A good one to see.

But when I saw the Hang Losers logo, a click through revealed that the Hang Losers United Rollerblading Club is "a respectful organisation of creative people who are passionate about going out bladin." And with more than 50 Vimeo videos and shorts, they are pretty passionate about film making, too. Looks like this group of urban skaters have a lot of production skills and know that skating is the best way to have fun on wheels and get exciting footage, too.

Afraid to Roll Into Spring?

Monday March 17, 2014

Are you afraid to try one or more of the roller skating sports this spring?  Many families that drop in for beginner or advanced skating lessons are there to conquer their skating demons.

Most people have at least tried inline or roller skating at some time in their life, since skating activities are at the top of the list for schools, churches and other groups for party for fundraising activities. But some do not continue skate beyond the annual field trip, because a fall discouraged them or a few giggles embarrassed them.

In addition to lessons, there are many ways to eliminate skating fears. If you start now, you can skate some summer rail trails, schedule a birthday party at your local rink or even join a USA Roller Sports team with no fears.

Marni is a Fashion Show on Wheels

Thursday March 13, 2014

Marni Halasa is a New York area skating instructor who loves to dress to thrill for anyone who wants to enjoy Marni Halasa - A Skater Dressed to Thrillwatching her graceful skating. Marni is a real one-woman-show on wheels who goes to the audience by performing on inline PIC® Skates on almost any smooth surface. She also ice skates on synthetic or real ice surfaces. Her skating activities include parades, TV shows, movies, live theater on wheels and skating choreography for other performers.

If you can't see her in person, visit her online:

Photo Courtesy of Marni Halasa

World Record in the Works

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.

Who Are the Brave Gliders?

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 BraveGliders Logowelcomes everyone in Lagos to join his competitive team.

If you need help learning, the group will help with inline speed skatingaggressive skatingskate ball and freestyle slalom cone skating training. Contact Chuks Smith for more information:

Brave Gliders Skate Club
National Stadium
Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone +2347031231152
Email bravegliders@gmail.com

Dutch Domination Began with Skeelers

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.

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