Planet News Archive

Week of Nov. 20, 2005

(Nov. 21, 2005)
Snowed in? ... Maybe it's time for an ice marathon - Ice skating may not provide the same sense of freedom as inline skating. But it's the next best thing, especially outdoors with snow falling. If you are ready to give it a try, check out this year's Marathon Skating International schedule. It's got something for everyone. (Go to the Planet storylet.) (Nov. 21, 2005)

Win a Few, Lose a Few - Inline-to-ice champion Chad Hedrick may have set one new world record this weekend — but he lost another. His week-old record in the 5000 meters was snapped by a pair of Dutch skaters, Sven Kramer and Carl Verheijen. Kramer skated the distance in 6 minutes and 8.78 seconds, a full second faster than Hedrick's short-lived mark. The new record came Saturday at the World Cup meet at the Utah Olympic Oval. Verheijen finished second in the 5000 meters; Hedrick third. ... A day earlier, Hedrick set a new record in the 1500 meters. (Go to event story in the Salt Lake Tribune.) (Nov. 21, 2005)

(Nov. 22, 2005)
Skate Coach: Dispensing the Rx for the Perfect Heel Stop - Is your heel stop in need of a check up? Does putting pad to pavement trigger unexpected events, such as turns, spins or pirouettes ... or does it leave you feeling a little unbalanced—if not ready for the loony bin? ... Come along then. What you need is a visit with the Skate Doc, Kathy McSparran, who this week dispenses cures for common diseases of the heel stop. (Go to Kathy's column.)

(Nov. 23, 2005)
Norwegian Completes Skate Across United States - Helge Hjelland has an adventurer's outlook on life. "I love not knowing what's around the next corner," he says. The Norwegian school teacher completed his latest adventure on Tuesday: a cross-country skate tour of the United States. (Go to the Planet story.) (Nov. 23, 2005)

LandRoller Raises Funds to Keep Slant-Wheel Skate Rolling - The business of building a better mouse trap is tough. Not only do you have to design it, but you've got to persuade the public to buy it. That's the situation LandRoller finds itself in at the end of its first year in the public eye. But an infusion of cash should be able to keep the LandRoller rollin'. (Go to the Planet story.) (Nov. 23, 2005)

Bont Unveils Design for 7-Wheel Skate - The Australian skate maker Bont is thinking outside the box again. Today it unveiled a design for a 7-wheel concept skate for downhill racing. The skate has two rows of offset wheels: four on the inside, three on the outside. "More wheels equal more roll," a smoother ride and a higher top-end speed, said marketing director Alexander Bont. ... But will the skate ever be built? Don't count on it, Bont says. "We're just exploring possibilities." (Go to Bont's announcement.) (Nov. 23, 2005)

(Nov. 24, 2005)
Mr. Potato Head Goes on Diet, Takes up Inline Skating - Mr. Potato Head will be flaunting his buff new physique today at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He'll be wearing running shoes and carrying a water bottle. But did you know that the newly svelte spud has also taken up inline skating? That's right. As part of his new active lifestyle, the former smoker (who has a propensity for getting smashed) has become a sports spud! (Go to the Planet story.) (Nov. 24, 2005)

(Nov. 25, 2005)
Rollerblade Pops Out Two New Skates for Holidays - You don't have to wait until January to get your hands on a pair of 2006 Rollerblades. Just in time for the holiday shopping tsunami, the company has released two of next year's models: the Wing 7 for women and the Astro 7 for men. The models are top-of-the-line for the company's new Wellness series of fitness-recreational skates. (Go to the Planet story.) (Nov. 25, 2005)

(Nov. 26, 2005)
Holiday Gift Idea: Rap 'n' Roll ... Learning to Skate With a Back Beat! - So what do you buy for the skater on your list who resists the idea of taking a few lessons? ... How about this: the You Can Stop CD by Phat Sk8Trax. The CD serves up skate basics in a series of funky song with rap lyrics. (Go to the Planet storylet.) (Nov. 26, 2005)

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