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Inline Skater Will Not Let Deafness Keep Him from Seeking Olympic Ice Speed Skating Dream PLUS Deaf and Blind Speed Skater!

Oh boy I love my excuses. I need them! But some people have the genetics, psychosis, or whatever it is to overcome the challenges and keep seeking the Olympic dream.

TWO ARTICLES! FIRST ONE...

Check out this article on a guy who can't hear the competition, but seems ready to beat them. An inliner, then a swimmer, then to drinks and drugs, back to inline, then he saw a buddy from inline skating on television in the Olympics...

It was time to transition to ice, a path already blazed by other inline skaters who'd gone on to race in the Olympics on the ice. He sold everything, including his car, and bought a one-way ticket to the Olympic Training Center in Utah.

And yes as we often admit, there can be an addiction there...a good one, we hope...

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How I Wasted (or Enjoyed) a Morning of Danny MacAskill Trick Bike Videos

With the weather being windy and uncertain at 5:45am when we had to get going if we were going, we decided to bail again on the training ride.

We sat outside for a while around 6am looking at the wind bending the trees and looked at radar on our phones. The 20 was not worth driving that far for, and if we did the 41, we were afraid there would not be many other riders (or skaters) at our pace doing that distance.

Not wanting to be a hassle, and not wanting to face strong winds, especially if the event were not well attended, we excused ourselves (after conferring with some mates on it).

So I got an email from Sparky of the Tater Rides about some video of a rider. The video seems indie movie and I usually love that but I almost stopped it. Wow am I glad I watched.

Locations

Edinburgh Scotland
United Kingdom
55° 57' 0.6336" N, 3° 11' 15.1296" W
Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye
United Kingdom
57° 26' 12.2172" N, 6° 34' 29.8308" W
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Cool Ten Year Old Inline Skater Tommy Hoggan from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, Spins and Flips the Street Courses of the United Kingdom

What is it about a young kid only skating for twenty percent of his life that can fascinate and inspire? Maybe it's the low center of gravity, little awareness of pain, and ability to spin without expelling previously ingested appetizers? I don't know, but as much as I love road skating and find most street and vert performances to be a bit repetitive, I enjoyed watching this young Scot hit the ramps. Here's a bit of viddy with more available. If you only look at a few seconds, start at 2:30 or so to the end to see some front and back landing spins and some post ramp flippage. Nice! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHAp39F_fT8

In this video, starting at about 1:00 in, he hits a jump, then misses a flip, but goes back again and does it...a back flip off the rim of a vert ramp, landing on the next vert ramp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8syOxEb7aTw

Location

Kirkcaldy, Fife
United Kingdom
56° 6' 46.17" N, 3° 9' 38.6172" W
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Pure Snow Footage from the Beeb

There's nothing new about snow, but there might be something refreshing about a traditional news station's website showing a video blissfully void of journalistic interference. How perfect! What better way to depict a 'freshly fallen silent shroud of snow'? 

Location

Great Britain
United Kingdom
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Glasgow Scotland UK 2014 Games Bring Inline Skating and Cycling Velodrome

As part of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Glasgow, Scotland, UK will be getting an indoor cycling velodrome which will also house an "inline skating facility." I wondered if that might be a banked track within the velodrome like they have in Florida and Colorado (outdoor tracks, both), or if it will be just some area to skate in while cyclists fly by on a wooden track. That's not so bad! I wondered if there's any chance inline skating will be included as a demonstration sport, but the list of sports, while including netball, fails to include skating as far as I could tell.

Locations

Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, Florida 33024
United States
26° 2' 6.2016" N, 80° 16' 8.5116" W
Celtic FC
18 Kerrydale Street
Glasgow, Glasgow G42 9BA
United Kingdom
55° 50' 58.8696" N, 4° 12' 20.8404" W
7-11 Olympic Velodrome Park
250 S Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910-3138
United States
38° 49' 45.2928" N, 104° 47' 44.88" W
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