LIVE: Inline World Championships 2006

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LIVE: Inline World Championships 2006

Postby godzilla on Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:00 am

Bont Skates in cooperation with patincarrera.com is proud to bring you the official CIC live coverage for the 2006 Inline World Championships in Anyang, Korea.

This year apart from the live lap by lap coverage we will also bring you video of the finals within a short time of the races finishing.

The coverage will be in English, Spanish and Korean. There are only two weeks to go until the races commence on September 2. Please click on the link to get the latest information in the lead up to the greatest inline competition in the world.

http://www.patincarrera.com/anyang2006/eng/

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Postby godzilla on Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:01 am

Latest World Championship News:

- Italy has just selected their Jr team and they are ready to leave for Korea
- It has been confirmed that 50+ teams will compete in the world Championships for the first time ever! Giving a boost to our Olympic aspirations.
- Venezuela is out of the World Champs sighting ‘political reasons’.
- Austria, Singapore and Denmark have said they will take a team to Korea.
- Teams have already begun arriving in Korea to get used to a slippery and bumpy track.

For more news, please visit:
http://www.patincarrera.com/anyang2006/eng/competition/news.shtml

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Postby godzilla on Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:58 am

Only a few days remain until the 2006 CIC Inline World Championships in Anyang Korea. Mexico, Spain and Ecuador have just had their trials this last weekend leaving the selection right up until the last minute. Some of them still don’t know who will be in the team.

A number of teams have already arrived at worlds and they are all testing a variety of wheels. Hyper has a new wheel that they developed for the Anyang track, and the Matter wheel is working well as well but it looks like the dual durometer MPC wheel may be the wheel of choice among the athletes.

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Asia

Postby godzilla on Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:37 am

It was more than a decade ago that Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) shocked everyone by attending their first world champs on inlines and obtaining a silver on debut. They then backed that up with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze in the same year in the Junior CIC World Championships in Barrancabermeja (Colombia) which kick started the Asian charge. Sadly, political issues prevented part of the team coming in recent years.

An avalanche of success followed as Korea stepped up and obtained their first inline world champsionship medal in Mar del Plata 1997.

Inline skating is now booming in South Korea with the Incheon and Seoul Marathons widely regarded as two of the best and most popular marathon events in the world today.

2005 was a big year for Asia with the debut of the CIC World Championships in Suzhou, China and 2006 could be even bigger for the most populated continent on earth.

More than 50 countries are expected to participate in Anyang in just over a week from now. Kwok Chae is the famous star of Korean skating but our sources indicate that they have more than one secret weapon that they are waiting to unleash on the world of speed skating.

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Postby godzilla on Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:59 am

Most of the teams have now arrived in Korea and it is only 4 days until the start of the CIC Inline World Championships.

The French team arrived in Anyang from Paris on Friday and their new star Yan Guyader had this to say about the track. “The track seems to be really fast with long straight and short corners but is really bumpy. I’d like to get a title after being second last year but I would be happy with any kind of medals cause after the long marathon season and European Championships. I’m really tired at the moment. I’m really not in my best shape of the season but you know racing alone the whole season is hard¨

After his great results at the World Inline Cup (6th at the world ranking) winning the marathons in Saint Moritz and Munich and of a shining performance in the recent European Championships in Cassano d´Adda (Italy), Yan Guyader is one of the big candidates to medal in the long distance events. ¨I guess I’m one of the candidates but the Colombians, Koreans and Mantia are still the favorite because they are really traditional racers along the year whereas I focus on the marathons. Good luck to all the skaters competing at the Worlds¨ Yan said.

Some of the big absentees in the French Team are Pascal Briand and Alexis Contin, two of the stars of inline speed skating who announced their retirement from the world championships.

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Postby Kai Menze on Tue Aug 29, 2006 9:05 am

Also the german delegation has arrived now. Click here for the pictures. To be continued...
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Postby Robert on Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:45 pm

Alex,

What's the story behind Alexis Contin staying away from the World Championships? He's a relatively young skater who just seemed to be reaching his potential last year.

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Postby godzilla on Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:54 am

He want's to do long track this season. It is true, he is probably the most talented of the new crop of skaters in the world. He didn't have a really good year of inline marathons and Long Track in Holland does offer a lot of money...

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Postby Robert on Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:43 am

Here's some photos with captions taken by Junior World Team coach Linda Wood:
http://www.inlineplanet.com/2006-08/30/w1.html

By the way, Alex. ... Why are there so many more countries competing in Worlds this year?
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Postby godzilla on Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:29 am

There are a lot more Asian countries participating this year like Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as well as many middle east an African nations. Over 50 nations have signed up to race but we will wait and see if they actually arrive as some of them may not come.

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Postby godzilla on Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:31 am

Only one day remains until the start of the World Championships here in Anyang, Korea. Many teams spent the day practicing relays and doing a few sprints without making themselves too tired. Some teams only arrived last night and they were very anxious to test out the track. The conditions are hot in the day with the temperature around 30C but mild in the evening which will be good for the finals. Most skaters are accepting of the slightly bumpy conditions with the saying ‘it’s the same for everyone’ being fairly common. Most skaters also agree that skaters with small frames will revel in the bumpy conditions.

All skaters are saying that that this is one of the best facilities that have ever hosted an Inline World Championships and there is an abundance of praise for the organizing committee. The hosts are extremely helpful and courteous.

Tonight, the skaters will enjoy the opening ceremony at 7.30pm local time, before getting to bed as early as possible. Racing kicks off tomorrow morning with the Junior women’s 300m time trails. The Chinese Taipei team looked fantastic in training today and with similar tracks to this track back home, they should have confidence in obtaining a good result tomorrow.

Stay tuned to the full live coverage @
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