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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. 

Location

Ocala, Florida
United States
29° 11' 13.9164" N, 82° 8' 24.3312" W
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Quick Guide to Working Out at the Kearns, Utah Olympic Speed Skating Oval (and more) Near Salt Lake CIty

Lots of us dream of touring our way to a speed skating oval, and especially the one where the Olympic Speed Skaters train, ice or not. It turns out it's nice and cool in there, and there are running as well as skating facilities. Rather than repeat it all, I'll say check out this guide. But if you want speed skating, you need to wait until mid-July, when the 400m oval gets ice. For now, it's dryland exercises. 

Kearns' Olympic Oval - Salt Lake City Weekly -

Location

The Olympic Oval
5662 South Cougar Lane
Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 38' 52.3392" N, 112° 0' 31.374" W
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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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Leipheimer Wins Tour of Utah and Once Again Shows Graciousness

Here's just a quick note to say thanks, Levi, for representing your sport so well. We can all be proud that this cyclist is representing the USA so well. It looks like Levi will be supporting Brajkovic for the Vuelta, and neither are among the top five picks as far as I know. I'm glad RadioShack did OK as a team and that they gave help to Levi as he repeated his Tour of Utah win. Great idea to have a bike race in your beautiful state (and get it on television), huh? North Carolina? 

Tour of Utah: Leipheimer wins for second straight year - Salt Lake Tribune -

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Shani Davis Wins U.S. Long Track Speed Skating Allround with Second Place in Rare 10000-Meter Skate

Shani Davis showed his speed at all distances this weekend as he won the all around for the U.S. Long Track National Championships in speed skating. In his first 10k (10,000-meter) in two years, he managed second place, seven seconds out. Davis had already won the 1500-meter. Davis hopes to give it a go in Calgary for the World Championships Allround too. But long distances are not easiest for him, he says:

Location

Utah Olympic Oval
5662 Cougar Ln
Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 38' 52.3464" N, 112° 0' 30.4992" W
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Double Yes! Shani Davis USA Second World Record in 24 Hours (1000m), Marsicano Second Again

Yay! I can't wait to see some of this racing. Things are looking good for next year's Olympics! This is from a good piece worth a look below...

Speedskater Trevor Marsicano had never skated especially fast in the 1,000 meters, by international racing standards. His best time ranked only modestly inside the top 100 of all-time.

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Yes! Shani Davis Sets World Record in 1500m ISU World Cup Long Track Race: Marsicano USA, Morrison CAN, Bokko NOR, Hedrick USA

Oh boy! Congratulations to Shani Davis for setting a new world record in Kearns, UT Friday. Davis surpassed the old record by a fifth of a second (plus a hundredth) to finish in 1:41:80. 

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Shani Davis Tops US World Cup Speed Skaters. Inliners Jennifer Rodriguez, Heather Richardson, Chad Hedrick Skating Well.

Here are a couple of articles in advance of the World Cup this weekend (Friday and Saturday, free admission!).

Americans Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick are among the other top skaters who will compete in the final meet of the World Cup season, aiming to secure season titles -- Davis leads the circuit at both 1,000 and 1,500 meters -- and enjoy a springboard into the World Single Distance Championships next weekend in Vancouver as well as the upcoming Olympic year.  [sltrib.com]

Location

Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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High Point NC Woman Speedskater Makes the Transition from Inline to Ice for the Olympics

A few years ago at the US10K I met Heather Richardson from High Point Speed, just briefly, not a long chat or anything. But it was clear she was a powerful skater even at 10K, which is lots longer than most indoor types really want to do very often (that's a lot of laps on the tiny indoor inline circuits). The Greensboro News & Record has a nice story on her, point out that...

Richardson, a 19-year-old from High Point, is the reigning U.S. champion in long-track speedskating's sprint events and recently finished 20th at the World Sprints.

Location

Rol-A-Rink Skating Center
2421 N Main St
High Point, North Carolina 27262
United States
35° 57' 25.3584" N, 80° 0' 20.6208" W
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Derek Parra Helping Inline Skaters Take to Ice...plus High Point NC Skater Heather Richardson

Derek Parra was among the early adopters switching from inline to ice, and now he seems ready to switch to coaching and recruiting to help the USA continue its improvements in speedskating. As part of a Wheels on Ice initiative, Parra recently hosted a group of inliners, including Heather Lynn Richardson of High Point NC and Chad Horne of nearby Danville VA.

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