Archive of Planet skate news

For the week of:
May 28 - June 3, 2006

May 28, 2006
Havam Sets Record in Ottawa
Bont North America's Helen Havam won today's Ottawa Inline Marathon and also set a new women's course record (1 hour, 15 minutes 59.5 seconds). Teammate Aaron Arndt won the men's race. The event attracted a big crowd: 754 skaters! ... Go to results.

Smith, Bowe Trade Wins
Hyper's Jessica Smith ended Brittany Bowe's winning streak today with a victory in the 500 meter sprint. But Bowe returned to form later in the 15K elimination. ... Go to today's Outdoor National results.

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Elkhart Report
Team Rainbo's Peter Starykowicz edged Randy Bowman in the sprint to win today's Great Race 10K criterium in Elkhart, Ind. L.R. Cole was fourth; Adam's Inline Thong Nguyen, fourth. Bont North America's Mechele Busby won the women's race.
Wolverine Report
CDSDave has nothing but praise for yesterday's Wolverine Inline Marathon in Detroit. ... Go to his post.

May 30, 2006
USOC: Icing an Inline Link
The U.S. Olympic Committee is working on a plan to help pay travel expenses for members of the national inline speed skating team. It is also putting together a plan to help 5-10 skaters a year transition to ice. ... Go to Planet story.

100-Plus Skate the Amish
Team Rainbo's Peter Starykowicz won the inaugural Amish Country Half Marathon on Sunday in Indiana, scoring his second win of the weekend. Tru-Rev's Greg Major was second; Randy Bowman, third. Bont North America's Mechele Busby won the women's race. About 110 skaters raced, including Bont's Glenn Koshi.
... Go to Greg Major's report.

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Wood Injured at Nationals
One of the top U.S. men's speed skaters, Josh Wood, dislocated his shoulder in a collision Sunday at Outdoor Nationals. No word yet on whether he will be able to compete in the road events, which start today. ... Go to Outdoor National Coverage.

May 31, 2006
Jessica Hawks Her Way to Another Win
jessicathumbHyper's Jessica Smith uses an outstretched foot to grab a victory in today's 20K elimination at Outdoor Nationals. ... Go to Planet story.

Photos From Belle Isle
Bont's Glenn Koshi was busy taking pictures during Saturday's Wolverine Inline Marathon in Detroit. Here's a sample of his photos. ... Go to photos.

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Good for Inline, Too?
An Olympic official says a planned inline-to-ice program would "strengthen the pipeline" for both sports. ... Go to comment.

SF Gets Wedn Nite Skate
The latest marker on the Group Skate Mapper belongs to San Francisco's new Wednesday Night Skate. Organizer D. Miles Jr. describes it as a "very casual skate," designed for those who aren't ready for the Friday Night Skate. ... Go to Group Skate Mapper.

Beat the Price Hike
Registration for the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate (Oct. 1) rises $10 at midnight. ... Go to more info.

June 1, 2006
Final Day at Nationals
Dane Lewis and Kelly Gunther score wins to claim spots on the U.S. inline team. Skating injured and against doctors' advice, Josh Wood also makes the team. ... Go to Planet story.

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Roll Until You Drop
In its continuing effort to attract ... uh ... new customers, Denver's Fairmont Cemetery is rolling out the welcome mat for recreational walkers, cyclists and skaters. "We want to let everybody know that we're not full," a cemetery official told the Denver Post. If you don't mind the company, the 250-acre cemetery features miles of paved road, which "aren't congested," the official said. ... Go to Post story.

June 2, 2006
'My Love for Speed Skating'
panch0thumbSkater Francisco Lopez tells the story of how images of Olympian Eric Heiden ignited his long unrequited love for skating.
- Go to Planet story.

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New York Parks Get More Car-Free Hours
New York City is further restricting cars in parks as part of a trial program aimed at fostering safety and recreation. As of Monday, no cars will be allowed on East Drive (N. of 72nd) in the morning and West Drive in the afternoon in Central Park; and no traffic will be allowed on West Drive in Prospect Park in the morning.
- Go to press release.

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