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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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30,000-Square-Foot Roller Rink Opens in Manhattan 8th Ave 59th Street New York City

While researching some roller and inline topics last night I came across a wonderful news item about the first night in a new skating rink about to open. With 30,000 square feet of rolling space, this place would hold a ton of skaters for a fad sweeping the nation. In December of 1884. Almost 125 years ago! See...the article intro in text and full piece in pdf... http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9805E0DE1F3BE033A25754C2A... http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9805E0DE1F3BE033A25754...

Location

United States
40° 46' 6.0744" N, 73° 58' 57.2016" W
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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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Rollerblading Inline Skating Artist from Vermont Paints with Skates

Here's a brief article about an artist who likes to paint with her skates. It might be a new way to paint, but it's not really a new way to skate, methinks. Vermont seems like a pretty nice place to live...summer at least! Probably I'd get used to dealing with snow again, and I might even get addicted to skiing again...or outdoor ice...but right now, I'm imagining snotcicles and it just has no appeal! Talk about gunk in your bearings, I'd say this painting is a bit messy but really how far do you have to go to skate on a canvas? 

Location

South End Art Hop - Burlington Factory Studios
208 Flynn Avenue
Burlington, Vermont
United States
44° 27' 20.9016" N, 73° 13' 4.6956" W

New Roadskater.net Member from Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Hi All: My name is Marianne and I am a new member of roadskater.net. I live in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. I will be skating A2A for the first time. From all the things I read on the web it sounds like a very exciting journey. Unfortunately there are not many inline skaters in this town. We have quite a big ice speed skating community, but they all train in Calgary in the summer.

Locations

Canmore, Alberta
Canada
51° 5' 24.2628" N, 115° 23' 4.056" W
Banff, Alberta
Canada
51° 10' 51.0204" N, 115° 34' 7.8024" W
Bern, Bern
Switzerland
46° 56' 52.7964" N, 7° 26' 53.3328" E
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An Ancient 27-Year Old Hits the Ice for Some Speedskating Fun

Funny how my parents think I'm young, and I think I'm old sometimes, young others, mostly depending if I've been forced to look in a mirror, or to look at my hands, or help me, otherwise be faced with reality of that sort. The inner reality is often far different, and yay for that....

Location

Allandale Recreation Centre, Blue Rink
190 Bayview Drive
Barrie, Ontario
Canada
44° 21' 37.0908" N, 79° 40' 58.6884" W
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Sparkles Speed Skaters Blurring By on a Wednesday Night

I had a chance to hang out with eebee a bit while she was working on a project to promote skating a bit. We both took our cameras to see what we'd get, ill equipped as we were, without some of my fun lenses. We got to see some new folk and some fellow Athens to Atlanta and US10K veterans as well. I was mostly chilling and hoping to capture a photo of the day or two or more. Anyway, here's a sample that's not likely suitable for print but it sure is fun the ghostly way it turned out.

Location

Sparkles Roller Skating Rink sparklesrollerrinks.com
1104 Grayson Hwy
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045
United States
33° 55' 17.9184" N, 83° 58' 18.5628" W
Sparkles Spritely Speed Skaters
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Glasgow Scotland UK 2014 Games Bring Inline Skating and Cycling Velodrome

As part of the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Glasgow, Scotland, UK will be getting an indoor cycling velodrome which will also house an "inline skating facility." I wondered if that might be a banked track within the velodrome like they have in Florida and Colorado (outdoor tracks, both), or if it will be just some area to skate in while cyclists fly by on a wooden track. That's not so bad! I wondered if there's any chance inline skating will be included as a demonstration sport, but the list of sports, while including netball, fails to include skating as far as I could tell.

Locations

Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome
9501 Sheridan Street
Cooper City, Florida 33024
United States
26° 2' 6.2016" N, 80° 16' 8.5116" W
Celtic FC
18 Kerrydale Street
Glasgow, Glasgow G42 9BA
United Kingdom
55° 50' 58.8696" N, 4° 12' 20.8404" W
7-11 Olympic Velodrome Park
250 S Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910-3138
United States
38° 49' 45.2928" N, 104° 47' 44.88" W
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