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The Simple Joy of Community Skating...And Some Shoveling

I took a break from working on the website and some family health issues, and from photos and video of the US Figure Skating Championships, to read this nice story of a day out at a new rink...in a snow storm. There's a balance of thoughts on the rink and the money and the goals, but really, to me, it sounds like the start of something beautiful in Toronto. Community and physical activity often amplify each other well. If you have a minute, read this journal entry of the brand new shovel and brand new skating rink. 

Skate Across Toronto: The best $9.99 the National Post ever spent - National Post -

Location

Sherbourne Commons Skating Rink
140 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2R6
Canada
43° 39' 21.9168" N, 79° 22' 12.2844" W
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Skating Away With the Cirque du Soleil: Katie Ketchum Rolls and Balances in Buffalo, Tehachapi and Manhattan

I found the link to this article pondering about do what you love and all that over on an inline instruction email list, and they were joking about running away with the circus, so I should credit them for the idea of my title, too! I never found any video of Katie Ketchum in Cirque du Soleil, but I found two nice ones of her burning up with some sweet style on one of her favorite indoor street courses...She seems to focus on intricate, precise landings, but can pop a spin (see 0:52 or so). Mostly though it's less rotational and more flowing moves with stylish finishes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icfC53VJ7pE

Location

Woodward West
28400 Stallion Springs Drive
Tehachapi, California 93561
United States
35° 4' 50.8296" N, 118° 38' 7.71" 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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Canada Games Oval in Halifax, Nova Scotia Boosting Speedskating Interest

Good article about a long track ice oval in Nova Scotia that roadskater blogged about when it opened last month and its effect on local interest in speedskating:

Nova Scotia's speedskating community says the new long track speedskating oval on the Halifax Common is boosting local interest in the sport.

Location

United States
44° 38' 58.578" N, 63° 35' 21.7752" W
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Atlanta Becomes a Huge Ice Skating Grid...for Tractor Trailers and Automobiles

Wow. It looks pretty nasty down there in downtown Atlanta. Check out the brightcove link below for the original video, but I'm updating this to include some video of a woman someone skating on the streets of Atlanta (near Georgia Tech I believe, where we've roadskated on wheels), inspired by eebee's posts below. Here's the brief roadskating video of a different sort...with figure skates, no less... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ymwfSJYOE

Location

10th Street at Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
33° 46' 54.21" N, 84° 23' 2.4216" W
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First Annual Masters International/USA Masters Single Distance Championships in Speed Skating Milwaukee WI 2011

This article is a stem of eebee's fine piece on women who are skating Roller Derby Lite for fun and fitness here...

http://roadskater.net/roller-skating-women-old-enough-know-better

...and the discussion, leading to a mention of Milwaukee's 400m speed skating track by timv here... 

Location

Petit National Ice Center
500 South 84th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
43° 1' 32.1888" N, 88° 0' 56.682" W
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Why One Guy Thinks His Son Should Not Wear a Helmet When Sledding...Not Sure About Other Sports

It's the helmet debate. I read this article to see if my thoughts might be changed. They were not. My thoughts are not based on numbers, but on my increasing belief over the years based on my experiences, mainly my failures if you'd like to think of them that way, but I think they were accidents far less under my control than I believed only seconds before, all in apparently very safe conditions. This doesn't make me right, but it makes me convinced. 

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Stroller Skating For Those Who Can Not Be Away From Their Babies Long Enough to Skate Laps

I'm glad to support specialized exercising opportunities, since I engage in a fringe sport, but sometimes I simply fail to understand. I do understand wanting to skate with your child, if they're on skates and you are too, and they are skating and not tethered to you.

I'm not sure what seems so great about skating while pushing a stroller. Certainly this is not an experience the child would see as any different, so it is for the parent. That's not bad, as long as it's safe, and that's not up to me to decide. So I support it but don't get it. 

Location

Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
35° 46' 19.5456" N, 78° 38' 19.014" W
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Eighty and Still Skatey! 80 Laps for the Lady

Just in case you want another reason to keep on skating, consider Agatha Van Der Starre's 80th birthday celebration on ice. She did 80 laps with friends to celebrate 80 years. Like many who love various forms of skating, she came to it late in terms of joining the speedskating club. Being from Holland and then Canada, it'd be crazy to think she never skated, but it seems her speedskating started some time around 1980 in a serious way. She medaled at the British Columbia games a couple of years later, and fifteen years after that, still going strong...

Location

Bill Copeland Sports Centre
3676 Kensington Avenue
Burnaby V5B 4Z6
Canada
49° 15' 12.024" N, 122° 57' 59.2272" W
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2011 Raven Rock Ramble May 1st Bike Ride Inline Skate New Hill NC

2011.05.01 7:00 am
2011.05.01 2:00 pm
America/New York
Look for the 2011 Raven Rock Ramble to be on May 1st http://www.ravenrockramble.org/

Location

Raven Rock State Park
2112 County Park Drive
New Hill, North Carolina 27562
United States
35° 37' 52.9608" N, 78° 55' 16.2984" W
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