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Kids Still Love to Skate
Most U.S. skaters are between the age of 6 and 17
By Planet staff

The idea has emerged lately that inline skating is primarily a sport for active middle aged types.

But don't believe it. The numbers show that most inline skaters in the United States are children.

Of 17.3 million people who inline skated at least once in 2004, 10.4 million were between the age of 6 and 17, according to a report by SGMA International.

That made inline skating the sixth most popular sport for children, just ahead of 7th-place soccer and just below 5th-place running.

Bowling held its own as the most popular sport for U.S. children. (It is also the most popular sport for adults.)

An estimated 17 million children bowled in 2004. But we're convinced that if it wasn't for their fascination with pinsetters and the ever present sodas, they would rather be skating.

Related reading

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• Go to SGMA press release.

Posted on March 14, 2006

Related reading

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• Go to SGMA press release.


Copyright © 2006 by Robert Burnson

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