Part 8: Eddy Matzger Interview ...

In Which the Skate Legend Talks About ...

  • The Future of Inline Skating
  • How Much Longer He Plans to Race
  • His Plans for the Future

Robert: There have been lots of changes in the inline skating world since you started skating. Where do you think it's headed next?

Eddy: The more things change, the more they stay the same. ... So far, it's been a roller-coaster ride. There have been ups and downs.

We'll be on an upswing again, no doubt. I've ridden enough waves to know that inline skating is not finished and still has a long way to go.

It's huge in Korea right now. The manufacturers are all involved in a blood bath there now -- and when it all settles out, there are going to be very few people left standing.

After Korea, the next frontier will be China. And then ... who knows? It may be back over here again.

The base of the sport may be hurting. But it's always getting broader in terms of the pool of talent.

And inline racing is never going to go away because it's what people will always migrate toward. People may say they are rec skaters, but they are always interested in how fast and how far they can go.

People will always be pushing their boundaries. So racing is here to stay.

Robert: How old are you now?

Eddy: Thirty-seven.

Robert: How many more years do you plan to keep racing?

Eddy: I don't know. ... I think of that 67-year-old who lapped me. That would be pretty fun to do when I'm 67.

I would love to be skating when I'm 88. That's just such a huge number. Double infinity!

Robert: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?

Eddy: The same as what I'm doing now, only a lot more.

Robert: Really?

Eddy: Yeah, because as you get good at things, you can do more. For instance, it used to take me six hours to post all the photos from an event on my web site ( Now it only takes me an hour and a half or two hours.

That goes for training, too. I used to train way more than necessary. Now I condense what I do. ... When you are more efficient, you can take on more.

But, shoot!, as far as the future goes, we'll have to see. ... The best plan for me has always been not to have any plan at all.


(The interview took place in September 2004)
Thanks again, Eddy!

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