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August 27 - September 2, 2006

Sept. 12, 2006
Skate Bytes
J-Rod's New Olympic Dream
Jennifer Rodriguez's quest for Olympic glory isn't over. The former artistic roller skater, turned inline speed skater, turned long-track ice skater has started training for a spot on the 2008 Olympic cycling team. "I'm not putting a ton of pressure on myself," the 30-year-old says. "If I make it, great. If I don't, whatever."
Go to Miami Herald Story.
Go to Skaters in the News.

Rolling Through 9-11
Rodney Jean Baptiste strapped on his inline skates so he could get a closer look after the first plane hit the towers. He snapped 160 shots before fire fighters ushered him to a rescue boat. This week a show of his photos opens in Chicago.
Go to CBS video.

Sept. 13, 2006
Skate Bytes
Hildebrand Tapped to Coach Pan Am Team
Team Florida's Renee Hildebrand has been chosen as coach for next year's Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Hildebrand is coach of world champion speed skaters Joey Mantia and Brittany Bowe. Roller sports is one of 36 included in the games, which are held every four years.

Go to Racing News.

Life After Rollerblade
Scott Olson didn't rest on his royalties after the company he founded gave him the boot in the mid-1980s. He continued inventing things: first, the Rowbike; more recently, the Skybike.
Go to Duluth Trib story.
Go to Skaters in the News.

Sept. 14, 2006
Joey Mantia: On Top of the World
He surprised himself in the marathon, he pushed back in the 1K, and he's ready for a change, although not one that will take him away from skating. Here's the post-Worlds interview with the new champion.
Go to Planet podcast.

Liberty's New 110mm Hybrid
Liberty Sports' new Ion Avenger frame takes 100mm wheels in front and 110mm monsters in back. Here's a sneak peek at the new frames.
Go to Planet preview.

Skate Bytes
Rolling to School Makes for Healthier Kids
Walking, biking and skating to school significantly boosts fitness levels for children, especially girls, according to a new study. "Active commuting is one way to get school-aged children active without it being competitive, scheduled or complicated," says the president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Go to ACSM press release.

Romani, Barbotin Win in China
Rain fell Tuesday on the new Suzhou World Inline Cup, held on the site of last year's World Championship marathon. Pier Davide Romani won the men's race; Nathalie Barbotin, the women's. In all, 1500 skated.
Go to Salomon report.
Go to Racing News.

Sept. 15, 2006
New Calendar for Inline World
You've seen her photos on the Inline Planet. Now you can have them on your wall! It's Darlene Prois' 2007 Inline Skating Calendar.
Go to Planet preview.

Skate Tip of the Week
Pass It On!
eddymatzgerthumbWant can you do to keep the sport healthy? Share what you know. Inline legend Eddy Matzger explains in this week's skate tip.

Go to Skate Tip.
Go to Skate Tip archive.

Skate Bytes
Skaters Converge on Duluth
Skaters from the United States and beyond are converging on Duluth, Minn., for Saturday's Northshore Inline Marathon. About 3800 are registered for the full and half marathons, about 100 fewer than last year. The forecast is for cloudy skies with a chance of rain.
Go to more event news.
Come back Saturday for complete coverage.

Sept. 16, 2006
Creveling, Rookard Win Soggy Northshore
Teamwork pays off big today for both Luigino's Chris Creveling and Bont's Jilleanne Rookard, the winners in Duluth.
Go to Planet story.
Go to results.

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