I wish I could have updated SSW during the weekend.
I was at a short track speed skating competition in Milton all day on Saturday. Then on Saturday evening, I ate some bad barley and became quite ill. I spent most of Sunday in bed with a garbage pail by my side.
I’m still quite sick right now, but I’m well enough to update SSW with the most recent short track speed skating news that I could find;
RICHMOND, B.C. – Canada’s short-track speedskating team might be favoured to claim a handful of medals at the Vancouver Olympics but it’s leaving nothing to chance.
On Sunday, members of the squad, including medal favourites Charles Hamelin and Kalyna Roberge, marched outside the Speed Skating Canada House in Richmond, B.C., and entrusted their Olympic dreams to a towering Inukshuk planted nearby.
As the middle of the work-week approaches, it’s time for me to share some links to what’s going on in the roller speed skating world. And so, as it goes on, some news is sad, some is good;
Sorry to be the bearer of horribly bad news. Mary Scott King of Huntington Beach, CA was killed in a tragic snowboarding accident on Saturday the 16th in Telluride, Colorado, while heli-boarding with her boyfriend, Carlo Nafarrette. She skated for me at Team Paradise in the early 90′s, competing both indoors and outdoors. While she hadn’t gotten new skates in years (she was still on her 5 x 84′s), she still skated every now and then. One thing about Mary Scott, she was always better than what she gave herself credit for, both in skating and snowboarding.
I remember watching the first one in November on live feed and thinking a LOT of the same thoughts that are being posted on here about this event. Everyone that was actually at the Initiation kept telling me what a success it was and how many people showed up to watch. I found that VERY hard to believe.. until I attended this event (tribulation 1) they had this weekend. I promise you- people came in BUNCHESSS to watch this event. The rink was absolutely packed with non-skaters and there was a lot of energy in there. Obviously, that energy is not making its way entirely across the internet and onto your computers. Joey and Miguel are their own biggest critics and are completely aware of that. One big reason that the live feed hasn’t been that fulfilling is because the audio being fed to the online viewers is coming exclusively from the emcee’s mic. It doesn’t sound natural.
Make sure you consult SSW’s events calendar for upcoming events. Please let me know if there are events that need to be added to the calendar.
Planet Adventure now offers Inline Speed Skating events in Indianapolis. With the help of experienced area speed skaters (Indy Speed, Asphalt Beach and Global Inline) and the National Roller Cup (NROC), Planet Adventure will host five events in 2010.
I am please to announce that Marathon Roller of Montreal 2010 will be back this year. Same great fun, same great venue. Confirmed date is for May 9th. More details to come soon.
Here are numerous blog entries that I have found for you
ROLLER BLOGS & MORE
When you’re training at a top level in skating, it requires that you push yourself above and well beyond the level of comfort; you are physically required to break your muscles down to build them stronger and more tolerant. This, in turn, will cause you to temporarily go backwards in terms of speed, strength, and endurance, which is completely normal and sometimes this breakdown period lasts a long time- it does not mean you’re over training. I’ve been around some of the best olympians in the world and after observing their training habits, im confident that term “over training” is commonly misused; what you really mean to say is you’re sick of being outside of your comfort zone. Every time i come back from being off for a long period of time, i put myself through hell to get back in the condition i was in before… sometimes i go weeks at a time getting beat by people i know i can smash, which drives me up a damn wall, but i know its what i have to do. The point is this, when you’re hurtin so bad you cant see straight and you think it’s because you’re over training, bight the bullet and ride it out, you wont regret it.
As excited as I am right now, having just qualified to race in my first Olympic Games, I have to be honest when I say that my race yesterday was not perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT complaining about how I finished, or about the fact that my first Olympic Games will be at home. That is pretty incredible. All I’m saying is that there were a few things that could have gone a lot better during my race.
This whole experience has made me ask some tough questions because I now feel a void inside me. I’ve worked so hard over the last few years to try and achieve this goal and it was over before I knew it.
Denny Morrison will be packing at least three pairs of skates for the Olympics – you can never be too prepared – but there’s something else the Canadian speed skater wants to take with him to Vancouver: his brother.For the past few years, Denny and his older brother Jay Morrison have had their sights set on competing for Canada as a brother tandem. The speed skating Morrisons of Fort St. John, B.C., don’t lack for drive or talent, but they are now facing an unexpected glitch in their master plan.
So here’s the news, back in July I got an unusual call from the City of Medicine Hat. Unusual in the sense that I never get a call from the City of Medicine Hat. Turns out, they submitted my name to be a torch bearer in Medicine Hat this coming January 16th! But wait a minute that’s not all, I will be the final torch bearer that evening and will be lighting the cauldron in Medicine Hat. The Olypmic flame will be staying there over night.
Here are some more links to all sorts of videos, news, blog entries, and more that I collected during the holidays.
There’s tons of great material- and some sad newsa as well.
I continue to have a lot of links to share during the next few days, so stay tuned for more to come.
George Quinn, a memeber of Team Rainbo passed away late last night after a battle with cancer… Words can’t describe how great of a man George was, not only to the members of Team Rainbo, but to all that ever met him.
The decade we are leaving is the one in which inline skating had to learn to stand on its own two feet. No longer a fad, it became a sport, a fitness activity, a lifestyle … another thing people do to stay fit and have fun.In many way, it was a good decade for skaters.
For one thing, our equipment kept — and keeps — getting better. And a lot of great events were created … although we’ve also seen some go away.
For five years she had been fighting multiple myeloma, cancer of the plasma cell, and Thursday — shortly after she refused more chemotherapy — doctors told her she had developed a blood infection and needed to remain in the hospital for treatment.
She knew she was dying.
“My mom said, ‘No, I want to go home and be with my family,’ ” said Jilleanne Rookard, 26, the youngest of Claire’s seven children. “She said, ‘I want to go home and see Jill; I want to go home and see my family.’ “
I just wanted to pass this on……..it seems that the Lord strikes us in so many ways. We have lost yet another speed skating family member. Brandi Porter has passed away yesterday. I do not know any details as of yet, but this is not supposed to happen to people like Brandi!
Those of you that knew Brandi can feel where I am coming from! She was a great person, huge heart, and a fabulous personality!