Inline Planet Skate News

For the week of:
August 27 - September 2, 2006

Aug. 28, 2006
More Photos From St. Paul
From the women's lead pack to the dog that almost ate Eddy Matzger ... it's the second set of Darlene Prois photos of the Saint Paul Inline marathon.
Go to photos.

Skate Bytes
Freestyle Heads to Singapore
Freestyle skaters will compete in Singapore in late November in a prequel to the 2007 IFSA World Cup.
Go to the announcement.
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Aug. 29, 2006
Skate Bytes
Freestyling the Great Wall
Sebastien Laffargue and Zhuo Cheng do some fancy skating in this video. But their claim of being the first to skate the Wall is all wet. Eddy Matzger was there 11 years ago.
Go to YouTube video.
Go to Eddy's Great Wall story.

Rail Trails Roll On in Ohio
Residents resisted plans for a series of paved trails in Greene County. But the crime wave they feared never arrived, and today they have one of the best trail systems in the nation.
Go to Dayton News story.
Go to county trail site.

Aug. 30, 2006
Team USA in Anyang
The teamusaU.S. World Team arrives in South Korea for the 2006 Worlds. Take a peak behind the scenes with these photos by World Team coach Linda Wood.
Go to photos.

Skate Bytes
Stardust Memories
Founded 21 years ago, the stardustskaterStardust Speed Club in South Florida continues to roll out top skaters (such as U.S. World Team member Kevin Quandt.) "I really enjoy seeing kids go from pure beginners to the world-class level and everything in between," coach Ed Mueller tells the Palm Beach Post.
Go to Palm Beach story.
Go to Skaters in the .

Aug. 31. 2006
Rollerblade Tweaks the Heel Brake
New brake lets skaters easily adjust the position of their brake pads, up or down, providing a "consistent braking experience."
Go to Planet story.

Skate Bytes
Blade for a Cure
This year Ontario, next year Canada — at least that's the plan of 17-year-old Mat Granger. He's 12 days into his 340-mile skate across southwestern Ontario to raise money for Parkinson's research. (His mom follows in a black Pontiac.) "People give us honks on their way by, and we appreciate every donation," he told the Goderich Signal-Star. Next year, he hopes to skate the length of Canada.

Go to Signal-Star story.
Go to Skaters in the News.

NY 100K Heads Back to September
Organizers have tentatively set a date of Sept. 29 for next year's New York 100K. They hope the later date (at the end of the marathon season and after Worlds) will attract more skaters. This year's event (Aug. 26) drew 150. Next year's race will include a new Tour de France-inspired sprint championship.
Go to 2007 event calendar.
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Sept. 1, 2006
Skate Tip of the Week
You Don't Know Squat?
Bend your knees, coach Renee Hildebrand says in this week's skate tip. It may take some getting used to — but if you're not doing it, you don't know squat!
Go to Skate Tip of the Week.

Night Practice in Anyang
Opening ceremonies are today, but last night the skaters got in one more practice before the start of the 2006 World Speed Skating Championships.
Go to Photos.

Sept. 2, 2006
World Championships
USA Wins 2 Golds
Joey Mantia wins gold and silver in the first day of the World Speed Skating Championships. But it's an uneven day for Team USA as Brittany Bowe and Jessica Smith are shut out.
Go to Planet story.

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