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Inline to Olympic Ice Speed Skates Again! Florida's Brittany Bowe Follows the Example of NC Speed Skater Heather Richardson

Here's a well-done if brief local piece of writing from Florida, where they are mighty proud of their inline champion, Brittany Bowe. If I have it right, she was at the US Cup when I was there, skating for Verducci (she, not me, ha!)**. I may even have some photos of her skating with the Verducci gals, not sure (might have a photo of Heather Richardson from a US10K too.. 

Thus, like many inliners, Bowe must have figured out there's not much glory in being at the top of a non-Olympic sport, and why not give it a go. (I think she may have made an attempt at cycling some time back too.) Anyway, she and High Point's Heather Richardson had raced plenty, and seeing Richardson's success surely was a factor, and likely made it easier to make the decision and follow an example for the switch over to indoor long track ice speed skating. 

This could be a powerful duo for the USA and they could be ambassadors for inline everywhere. 


Ocala, Florida
United States
29° 11' 13.9164" N, 82° 8' 24.3312" W
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Roadskater.net Photos Revolved: Faster, Better, Fetching Views of the People, Days and Places That Brightened My Life

A few years ago I had to shake things up as the old joys were no more....at least for a while. Thanks to three lovely young skater friendgirls, I started skating, and it turned out I was quickly more addicted than they were.  The Year of Skating Dangerously saved my joy. To honor that time, I present: http://roadskater.net/rsn/photos/index.htm .

I was looking to create something other than what I had tried before, which had all dried up. So I bought a cheap digital camera and decided I would take photos and edit them and post them mostly without comment (hard for me!). The collection grew to 31,000 photos! Before September 11, airline flights were cheaper than the gasoline to drive some places. I had free places to land on floors. I went. I took photos. I edited them. 

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Dangerous Skating Rinks Another Threat to Society: Weston FL Bans Skating Rinks and Whistler BC Canada Wants You to Skate Free

Just a few miles from Florida's great tourist destination outdoor speedskating oval and cycling velodrome, a Florida town has banned skating rinks. Clearly skating rinks are more dangerous than everything else that's allowed down there in Florida. What happened to protecting small businesses? Where will the children go for the chicken dance fun? Greenlight. Redlight.

Let's remember not to spend any money there.

Meanwhile silly Canadians don't know how dangerous skating rinks can be. They seem to believe that skating rinks can be family fun, that they foster tourism and that the skating should even be free, sponsored by the government, no less...even for people who don't live there! 

You know you're out of any ability to deal with real problems when you need to legislate skating.

Be careful if you visit Canada. Lots of skaters up there. And you might have fun getting some exercise.


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2011 Miami Great EsSkate Inline Skate Festival February 4-6 South Beach Miami Beach Florida

2011.02.04 7:00 am
2011.02.06 4:00 pm
America/New York

The 2011 Miami Great EsSkate will be Feb. 4, 5, and 6



Miami Great EsSkate Miami Beach, Florida
United States
25° 47' 26.3544" N, 80° 7' 48.1656" W
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Squiggy Classic Inline 2009 Social Skates, Time Trial, Half & Full Marathon Tampa, Florida

Check out the details here... http://roadskater.net/invitation-squiggy-classic-inline-2009-tampa-flori... I just wanted to get it in the schedule block by adding an event too. Thanks for posting, Birgit. Looks like lots of fun. Wish I could be there. Tampa's nice for skating especially in cool seasons.


United States
28° 6' 52.5816" N, 82° 18' 3.3372" W
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Squiggy Classic Inline 2009 - Tampa, Florida, March 13-15; Photo Links Added

Invitation to Squiggy Classic Inline 2009 - Tampa, Florida, March 13-15 2009.

Dear all roadskaters:-)

Just wanted to let you know of a sunny, flat, warm, friendly skate and race in Florida in just 2 weeks.

If you have never heard of Squiggy go here http://www.squiggyclassicinline.com/faq_photo/faq.php

In a few words we are two skaters - Jessica Wright and Birgit Holme that are organizing a skate weekend for all levels of skating.

Friday we have a social Skate in the Dark

Saturday a 7 mile Time Trial and


Flatwoods Wilderness Park
14302 Morris Bridge Rd
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592
United States
28° 6' 52.1712" N, 82° 18' 1.9656" W
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Miami Great EsSkate 2009 Inline Skating Rollerblading Festival Photos and Videos Links

Photos of the Miami Beach South Beach Great EsSkate are starting to show up on the lists. Maybe I'll have a handful of our fun in Greensboro too. We'll see, ha! Anyway, here are some photos from Miami... These are from Maki of Empire Skate in New York... http://sk8ny.net/img/ges200902/album/ges200902.html Please add links to any you find!


Miami Great EsSkate Miami Beach, Florida
United States
25° 46' 16.3308" N, 80° 7' 54.3756" W
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The GreatesSkate in Miami Beach Florida 2009 Inline Skate Festival Party Fun

2009.02.06 12:00 pm
2009.02.08 6:00 pm

Now is the time to get this Skate on your calendar.

Learn more at http://www.thegreatesskate.com/index.php5

By the time February '09 rolls around, I'll be looking for some warmer weather. 

Some other roadskaters have participated in this event over the last few years so let's hear from them and their experiences.

Hope to see you there!


Royal Palm Hotel
1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
United States
Phone: 786-276-0177
25° 47' 18.654" N, 80° 7' 45.5088" W
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Squiggy Classic Inline Marathon Report (Tampa Skating Race Results)

This is a quick report on the Squiggy Classic Inline marathon I did this past weekend.


Tampa, Florida
United States
28° 7' 27.1488" N, 82° 19' 24.1968" W
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Making Double Push Just an Ordinary Part of Normal Skating

I guess the thing I'd like to see happen for me in 2008 would be for double pushing to just be a natural part of my skating whenever it is the most efficient way to go. Making it more efficient and thus more useful more of the time would be the key. I'd like it to be a tool, or a couple of tools, that I can use involuntarily, I guess you'd say. I'd like it to be like shifting gears in the car without thinking.


Greensboro Country Park
4400 Lawndale Dr
Greensboro, North Carolina 27455
United States
36° 7' 27.2388" N, 79° 50' 1.7088" W
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