Inline Planet Skate News
For the week of:
October 1 - 7, 2006
Oct. 1, 2006
Italian Wins a2a
Fourth time is the charm for Mauro Guenci, who finally topples Eddy Matzger as king of the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate. Erica O'Connor wins the women's race.
• Go to Planet story.
Oct. 3, 2006
Promoter Shuffles Skaters to New Event
Buttar has canceled the Great Orlando Inline Marathon (Nov. 5). But it hasn't entirely given up on skaters. It has added a full and half inline marathon to its Avalon Park Running Festival on Nov. 4. Buttar apparently axed the stand-alone marathon due to low skater interest. Last year, only 31 skated in the inaugural event.
• Go to more information.
Online Shop Opens for 'Space-Age' Wheels
The new pc-vane racing wheels are like nothing you've ever skated on — at least that's what the company says. One thing for sure: They're pricey. One 80mm wheel will set you back $8.50 (US). You can pay as much as $14.75 for a 110mm.
• Go to announcement.
Mantia, Glass to Offer Clinics
World champ Joey Mantia will teach speed clinics this fall in Arizona and Idaho. The first will be Oct. 14 in conjunction with the Arizona Rattleskate Invitational; the second will be Nov. 3 in conjunction with the Coeur d'Alene Inline Classic in Idaho. Former world champ Julie Glass will join Mantia at the Idaho clinic.
• Go to Rattleskate info.
• Go to Coeur info.
Oct. 4, 2006
'Heroic Rollerblading Teens from Kilmarnock'
Yes, Kilmarnock, a mining town in Scotland. The four boys, 15-17, were skating along when they spotted a thug robbing a woman at knifepoint. One of the boys helped the woman; the others chased the mugger. He got away but was later arrested after the boys picked him out in a photo line up. The boys were among a group of "local heroes" honored Monday at Edinburgh Castle. ... (Next up for the boys, the Lock Ness Monster!)
• Go to Herald story.
• Go to Skaters in the News.
Oct. 5, 2006
Parra's New Role: Inline to Ice Coach?
Retired from racing, Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra hopes to become a coach in a program aimed at turning top inline speed skaters into Olympians. A former inline world champion, Parra made the transition to ice in the late 1990s after inline was rejected as an Olympic sport. Parra recently moved to a suburb of Salt Lake City, where the program is expected to be based.
• Go to Planet story about program.
• Go to Forum discussion.
Oct. 6, 2006
Skate Tip of the Week
Don't Let the Wrong Edges Slow You Down!
Once you get comfortable on your skates, it's time to start developing an efficient stroke. Former indoor national champ Patrick Creveling explains how in this week's skate tip.
• Go to Skate Tip.
Banked Track Clinic Set for Florida
USA Roller Sports will hold its fall banked track clinic on Oct. 27-29 at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City. The cost is $95. USARS membership is required.
• Go to Fall Event Calendar for more info.
Copyright 2006 - Robert Burnson