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USA Roller Sports Names Skaters for World Games in Germany

Rookard, DiJulio and Nelson To Compete in Five Events

By Robert "Just the Factoids" Burnson

Jilleanne Rookard, Erin DiJulio and Jordan Nelson will represent the USA in speed skating at next month's World Games in Duisberg, Germany, USA Roller Sports Richard Hawkins said.

Rookard of Carleton, Mich., and DiJulio of Wakefield, RI, are members of the women's U.S. World Team.

None of the members of the men's World Team were available to attend the World Games, which run from July 14th to 24th.

Most of them, including top young U.S. racer Joey Mantia, are planning to compete in the U.S. Indoor National Championships, which start July 17th in Pensacola, Fla.

USA Roller Sports drafted Nelson for the World Games based on his showing at the recent U.S. Outdoor National Championships. He finished third in the 10,000 and 15,000 meter eliminations.

The inline speed skating events at the World Games are scheduled for July 19-21.

Skaters will be "obliged" to skate in all five events: races at 300, 500, 1000, 5000 and 10,000 meters.

The World Games is a large multi-sport event for non-Olympic sports.

(Posted on June 30, 2005)






Copyright © 2005 by Robert Burnson

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