Planet Interview with Julie Glass, Part II:

Inline Champion Says Her Heart Wasn't in Ice Skating

Future Plans Include More Inline Racing, Developing New Talent and Working With Powerslide

(part 2 or 2)

Robert: How will the decision effect your participation in the inline world? ... Will you return to indoor inline speed skating?

Julie: I've returned to training indoors, but am pretty sure I won't be racing. When traveling to the indoor competitions for business, I would rather work and watch our new athletes: Joey, Brittany, Amber Yarborough and Colin Thomas, among others. That's what truly brings me joy at this point, along with helping grow the sport. (If you've ever read the history of Powerslide, you'd know that's what the company is all about.) I plan to skate the PanAm Championships in Argentina in March, the World Games in Germany in July, and the World Championships in August-September. I also plan to skate some International World Cup marathons.

There's no telling what's in store for 2006; I haven't looked that far down the road!  

Robert: What did you learn during your time chasing the Olympic dream on ice?

Julie: If you're not passionate and having fun chasing your goals and dreams, you won't succeed!

Robert: You've won just about everything in the inline world. What would you like to do next? 

Julie: Translate the same success I've had as an athlete to the business world. I would like to inline skate forever -- just to stay in shape and because I love it! But I know it won't always involve competition for me, and instead will be for fun and fitness. 

Robert: What kind of a setup will you be skating on this year? (We know it will be Powerslide. But what about wheel size?) 

Julie: I've had such great success on my 5x84 mm [frames with five 84 mm wheels] that I'm a little reluctant to change. All around me in the marathons I see the girls switching to 4x100 or 90 mm. But I haven't been beaten by them yet, so why would I change unless I really felt they were better?

I feel Cecilia Baena [world champion inline skater from Columbia] and myself proved the success of the 5x84 mm setup last year in Berlin when we put a rather large gap between ourselves and the field in the sprint. I have tried the Powerslide 4x90 mm 13.00" frame and I'm still concluding tests on them.

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Copyright © 2006 by Robert Burnson

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