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The Evolution of Inline Roller Skates

The Evolution of Inline Roller Skates - 21st Century Hybrids


The Evolution of Inline Roller Skates

LandRoller Apolo Model

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Inline figure skating develops as an off-ice training tool for ice skaters and emerges as a competitive event in roller sports. Some manufacturers, like Triax/Snyder, respond by providing equipment options needed for figure skating.


In Nov of 2002, after the first World Inline Figure Skating Championships in Germany, the coach of Chien-Hao Wang visits Arthur Lee to discuss damage to Wang's inline skates and request the development of a better inline figure skating frame.

Three years after he made his first sketch, Diederik Hol convinces the Rollerblade World Team and others to use Mogemas at the World Inline Championships in France. 45 skaters won their gold, silver, and bronze medals on Mogemas.


The prototype for Arthur Lee's Snow White® Inline is complete.


Snow White® sponsors two Taiwanese skaters, Chia-Hsiang Yang and Chia-Ling Hsin, for the 2004 World inline Championships in Fresno, CA. Kadu, coach of Gustavo Casado Melo and Adrian Baturin, and Ms. Yasaman Hejazi, coach of the Iran Inline Figure Skating Federation, are among the first coaches to use Snow White frames.


LandRoller's Angled Wheel Technology breaks away from traditional inline designs with two large, side-mounted, out-of-line angled wheels that roll astride the centerline of the boot and maintain a low center of gravity.


Wheel Anti-Reversing Technology was developed by Bruce Honaker to help new inline skaters by allowing them to keep both skates on the ground, and parallel to each other. This creates comfort and stablity as momentum is gained. Fear of rolling backward on inclines is also eliminated. The device may be removed after skating skills develop.


Brian Green and the Cardiff Skate Company offer an adjustable skate with a unique three wheel configuration and braking system that is promoted as being more stable and more convenient than any other skate on the market.

Flex Brake, Ben Wilson's lightweight braking system designed to fit most inline speed skates or fitness skates, Alex Bellehumeur's DXS Inline Skating Disk Brake system and Gravity Master calf activated brakes from Craig Ellis revive interest in inline skate stopping technology.

The National Museum of Roller Skating is your About.com guide's resource for many of the historical facts in this article. You can contact the museum by writing to:

The National Museum of Roller Skating
4730 South Street
Lincoln, NE 68506

Or email:
Roller Skating Museum Curator

Roller Skating Museum Curator

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