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ISU Long Track World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships 2009 Richmond CAN Olympic Oval Four Days of Free Internet TV

After last week's Salt Lake City (Kearns) Utah championships, where Shani Davis set two world records, the speed skaters head for what they say is the slower ice of Richmond, BC, to the oval where next year's Winter Olympics will be contested. There's controversy over whether the Canadian hosts have been allowing teams free access to the rink, but i don't care so much about that. If they want a home rink advantage, so be it. If they want to seem gracious and accomodating, so be that too.

Location

Richmond Olympic Oval
6111 River Road http://richmondoval.ca/
Richmond, British Columbia V7C 0A2
Canada
49° 10' 22.9116" N, 123° 9' 14.1552" W
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Squiggy Classic Inline 2009 Social Skates, Time Trial, Half & Full Marathon Tampa, Florida

2009.03.13
2009.03.15
US/Eastern
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.

Location

United States
28° 6' 52.5816" N, 82° 18' 3.3372" W
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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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China, South Korea, Netherlands Strong in Speed Skating at the Harbin World Winter Universiade (University Games) Photos

There's a whole lot of skating going on in Harbin (Haerbin) China. I've been following some of the stories and looking at photos this week, without a whole lot to say about it, since I don't know much about these young athletes. 

Here's one way to find some good stuff...

http://search.news.cn/language/search.jspa?id=en&t=1&t1=0&ss=&ct=&n1=speedskating

 

Location

World Winter Universiade 2009 Harbin (Haerbin), Heilongjiang
China
45° 45' 7.0884" N, 126° 41' 49.11" E
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Vote for Your Favorite Ice Speedskating Video in Contest from Canada

If you have a few minutes to watch some videos about ice speedskating stories indoors and out, check out this contest where you can vote on which ones go to the next round. I assume United Statesians can vote! Check out the video from Canada's skaters... http://www.ingspeedskatingchallenge.com/video.php Methinks thou must yield thine (or someone's!) email address to vote...or at least something that looks like an email address. But watching the videos is fine for me.

Locations

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
45° 25' 24.5784" N, 75° 41' 52.5588" W
Calgary, Alberta
Canada
51° 3' 18.5364" N, 114° 3' 44.7768" W
Kamloops, British Columbia
Canada
50° 40' 35.7924" N, 120° 20' 20.3568" W
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada
43° 35' 17.5488" N, 79° 38' 30.1956" W
Portland, Ontario
Canada
44° 41' 54.348" N, 76° 11' 23.1792" W
Varennes, Quebec
Canada
45° 41' 12.894" N, 73° 25' 55.3152" W
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Inline Skating Roller Speedskating Tries Again for 2016 Summer Olympics wIth Golf, Baseball, Softball, Rugby 7s, Squash, Karate

Once again roller speedskating is trying to get into the Olympics, already being considered an Olympic Sport as referenced here...
http://www.olympic.org/uk/sports/recognized/index_uk.asp

...with the official federation, Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), being listed here...
http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/if/fi_uk.asp?Id_federation=56

...its main site being...
www.rollersports.org

Locations

Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports
Viale Tiziano 74
Roma 00196
Italy
Phone: 39.06 36858543
Fax: 39.06.36858211
41° 55' 50.1456" N, 12° 28' 8.1912" E
International Olympic Commitee
Château de Vidy
Lausanne 1007
Switzerland
Phone: (+41 21) 621 61 11
Fax: (+41 21) 621 62 16
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Davis wins 1500-meter Ice Speedskating World Cup Race, Heerenveen, Netherlands

Shani Davis continues his winning ways and certainly is close to taking a season win as well. No time to go into this now, but he's really doing great. Also Kristina Groves of Ottawa seems to be doing well lately. Not sure on the timeliness of these as they reference different locations. Gotta go! Enjoy...

Location

Thialf IJsstadion?
Pim Mulierlaan 1/1
Heerenveen, Friesland
Netherlands
52° 56' 18.5784" N, 5° 56' 31.5636" E
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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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Joey Mantia Slow Motion 300fps Inline Skating Speed Outdoor Track Video: What do you notice?

Check out this video of Joey Mantia on an outdoor track, in slow motion video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9jbxcxJELQ Notice anything specific? (Other than muscles, I mean!) Anyone know where the video was getaken? [Later: I think I found it and have it pinned on the map. I'm sure eebee can help with the meaning of the title...sounds like community health insurance commission or similar, but the googlemaps note says it's an outdoor, covered, 200m track. Sweet.] Thanks to Brian R for posting that link on the skating social list.

Location

Gemeindeverwaltung Krankenkassenkontrolle?
Frauenfelderstrasse 10
Weinfelden 85700
Switzerland
47° 34' 5.6028" N, 9° 6' 29.1024" E
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What's Up With Hyper Hyperformance +G and Mach 2 100mm Inline Speed Skate Wheels? Your A2A Choice?

Hi to all. With A2A fast approaching procrastinators want to know: What's up with Hyper wheels in general, 100mm in particular, and Hyperformance +G and Mach 2, more specifically? eebee and I are scouting around for at least 12 100mm and 4 84mm and we found one spot that seems to have them, but only one we ever heard of. Now I'm not against low-fame websites, ha, but seriously where have all the Hypers gone? Anybody have a great source? What have you been using and are they worth the money?
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