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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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Can a 50-Year-Old Woman Qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Long Track Ice Speedskating?

It's a tough combination of teaching rink ice sessions, boardwalk running along the beaches of Long Island, NY, inline skating on multiuse pathways, and all the rigors of training (which is at least fun work), but not much time of 400m world class arenas. Many would like to have such a tough life of skating focus. But after early promise and years of challenges, a former bulemic ice figure skater who qualified for trials in 1984 believes she may have it all coming together after just two years on ice speed skates.

She may find the 15 seconds of speed to get her 15 minutes of fame to make it into the 2014 Winter Olympics. Even if she doesn't, the pursuit of that dream will keep her life skateyfied and that has to be supersweet, indeed.

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Mirthful Danish Long Track Ice Speed Skating Team Video

 

 

Somehow I ended up looking at skate videos on Youtube again. Here'1s more from Kevin Jagger (Mr. LongTrackLongShot.com) - the guy who jacked it all in with his day job to concentrate on trying to make it in the longtrack ice world. 

 

Speed Skating from my POV (with Phoenix)

 

Mr. Jagger Vs. Cindy Klassen 500m

 

And for comic relief, discover the Danish Speed Team's secret to success.

 

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USA Speed Skaters and Short Trackers Score Medals, But Great Britain's World Record Holding Relay Team Crashes Out in Semis

I was trying to see if I could get some streaming video going but I didn't get it all to work in time. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Check myp2p.eu if you're interested. I'm using Ubuntu Linux mostly right now, so it's a bit different to get it all going. 

So here are a few links pointing to some of the latest in a big weekend for the USA both in the original speed skating (long track), where they skate against the clock and contact is rare, and the more television-friendly contact sport, short track, where anything can happen. (Yes I like the more boring event better when they broadcast it all and I don't know the winner in advance, at least. Short track is good fun, too.) 

Shani Davis is going great and Heather Richardson won at least one bronze on the 400m track, but now the USA has skaters at the top of short track in male and female divisions. Nothing can help skating of all kinds like seeing some USAmericans bringing home medals. 

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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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Davidson College Long Track Speed Skater Earns Ice Time and a Job to Help with Training near Charlotte North Carolina

While he might want to do a little more research on long track skaters from the Southeastern USA, I am glad to hear that Erik Ducker, 18, is getting ice time and work opportunities to keep him going as he trains to qualify for the USA long track speed skating team. I'd love to share some of that ice time, but I doubt that will happen! I'd need to get some ice speed skates and gasoline to get there of course!

Location

IceHouse
416 S Main St
Davidson, North Carolina 28036
United States
35° 29' 45.8952" N, 80° 51' 11.4372" W
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NC's Heather Richardson Big Winner in Speedskating; Shani Davis So Great We Notice When He Loses

Congratulations to Heather Richardson (from High Point, North Carolina) for a second 1k win in World Cup speedskating! Richardson won yesterday and today in the 1000 meters, and has taken the lead in the World Cup standings for the event as well.

500m First Round...

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

500m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mqZwiVjU5U

1000m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iZQNr-RPE

Location

Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval Obihiro, Hokkaido
Japan
42° 53' 42.2412" N, 143° 8' 22.686" E
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Watch Hours of Free Internet TV Speed Skating (Long Track and Short) On Demand and Live with Highlights and Recaps

Oh I am so sorry I didn't look this up before, even when I saw press releases earlier this year. I just never quite got to it until now. But now is good too. If you wish you could see long track and short track ISU world cup events on your television, well you might sometimes, but on your computer, you can see many hours of video from this year's world cup season in both track formats. I've only watched a bit but it looks and sounds and feels great!

Locations

Moscow
Russia
55° 45' 20.8296" N, 37° 37' 3.4788" E
Berlin
Germany
52° 31' 24.528" N, 13° 24' 41.3784" E
Heerenveen
Netherlands
52° 57' 23.5044" N, 5° 55' 34.3884" E
Nagano
Japan
36° 38' 54.78" N, 138° 11' 39.2748" E
Changchun
China
Kolomna
Russia
55° 5' 40.4124" N, 38° 46' 32.7648" E
Hamar
Norway
60° 47' 56.9688" N, 11° 3' 21.942" E
Dresden
Germany
51° 3' 3.4488" N, 13° 44' 1.1688" E
Vienna
Austria
48° 12' 33.1416" N, 16° 22' 22.0008" E
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Free Tickets to the ISU Long Track World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns UT Near Salt Lake City

Wow. I just found out that admission to the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns, UT is free with an advance ticket. There's small print about it not guaranteeing entry but the point is you should be able to get in and be in if you want it free of charge. I would love to see this. USA should do well but that only matters so much. The main thing is to be able to see it in person without the usual television trickerism.

Location

Utah Olympic Oval
5662 Cougar Ln
Kearns, Utah 84118
United States
Phone: (801) 968-6825
40° 38' 52.3068" N, 112° 0' 30.4992" W
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Dutch Win but USA Men Do Well in the ISU World Junior Speedskating Championships in Zakopane Poland. Outdoors! Beautiful! Photos

The ISU World Junior Speedskating Championships took place in Zakopane, Poland last weekend. Wow. This event like it would be amazing fun for participants. I'm not sure about spectators if they didn't like the cold. But look how beautiful it was there! Well a bit snowy some of the time for skating maybe? Who cares!

The event has a nice website with some good photos. If you have a minute to watch the video...do it.

Location

Bronislawa Czecha 1
Zakopane
Poland
49° 17' 4.308" N, 19° 58' 13.0368" E
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