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Skating Articles from the Year 2000
An unofficial index to all of the articles
Kathie Fry wrote in 2000 for the inline skating
Web site at About.com. Kathie was the inline skating
editor at About.com from September of 1999 through
July of 2003, and her articles
remained on that Web site until August 24, 2004
when a new About.com guide was hired.
Fred and Ginger on Roller Skates
In the 1937 RKO Pictures film, "Shall We Dance",
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers perform one of
their dance routines on roller skates.
Cecilie Mogensen of Denmark
This 12 year old speedskater from Bornholm Island
may soon become one of
the most difficult skaters to beat on the
world inline racing circuit
High Tech Gifts for Skaters
The most popular electronic gadgets in 2000 for skaters, cyclists,
runners, and other athletes. Gift ideas for your geeky outdoor friends
(published at About.com on December 17, 2000)
Scooter Injuries Skyrocket
In September of 2000, scooter injuries surpassed
inline skating injuries for the first time.
Scooter injury statistics from 1998 through 2000.
ESPN Moved X Games to Philly
ESPN is moving the X Games from
San Francisco to Philadelphia for
2001 and 2002.
2000 Asian X Games Results
Results of the of the aggressive inline skating
events at the 2000 Asian X Games, which took place in
Phuket Thailand December 7-10, 2000.
Skate on a Formula One Track in Hungary
Skate on the world famous
Hungaroring Formula One race track
in Budapest, Hungary on May 4-6, 2000
Skating Socks - 3 Rules to Remember
Can't figure out which socks to wear with which skates? Here are 3
rules to remember when you shop for skating sock
2000 Long Beach Marathon Photos
Photos, results, and reports from the Long
Beach Marathon in Southern California on
November 12, 2000.
Sven Boekhoerst in Clap Skates on a Half-Pipe
Photos of aggressive world champion Sven
Boekhorst skating a half-pipe in 5 wheel
Mogema clap skates, plus photos of world vert
champion Taig Khris, Team Rollerblade
manager Cory Miller, long time pro skater
Mike Budnik, and 10 year old Willie Woo.
Kathie's Samba Girl Halloween Costume
Several views of the "SambaGRRL" Halloween costume
I wore to our Southern California Halloween skates
in 2000 (published at About.com on November 16, 2000)
A 38 Year Old Speed Skating Club in Belgium
Flanders, Belgium is well known for its canals, beautiful
landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, but not many
people know that it is also the home of a 38 year old
speedskating club: The Zandvoorde Roller Club.
Zen and the Art of Ceramic Bearings
Mechanical engineer Kyle Milliken discusses the pros and cons of ceramic
bearings and bearings with a high ABEC rating.
The 2000 Cuba Cup
Copa Cuba de Patinaje de Carreras is the
National Championships event for inline speedskating in Cuba, and it ends
with the Marvana Marathon in Havana. In 2000 the event is
November 14-20, 2000.
L.A. Thursday Night Skate
The new Downtown Los Angeles Thursday Night Skate
happens twice a month, and skaters meet at the famous
"Dome Village" homeless shelter.
Feed Your Skate Bearings
Cliff Chi, the owner of Sonic Sports, talks
about lubricants for skate bearings, including the difference between
grease and oil based lubricants, and the difference between petroleum
based and synthetic lubricants.
2000 Rosarito to Ensenada Roll (by Dan)
Los Angeles skater Dan Benveniste tells what it was like to skate 54
miles in Mexico, from Rosarito to Ensenada, in the middle of 15,000
cyclists (Posted at About.com on October 30, 2002. NOTE:
NOT ALL OF THE IMAGES HAVE BEEN POSTED YET IN THIS NEW VERSION)
Papeete Friday Night Skate
The skaters of Papeete on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti,
had their first Friday night skate on September 30, 2000.
2000 Cactus Speed Classic
Challenge yourself by skating this difficult marathon
in Tucson, Arizona on Sunday, September 5, 2000.
Skate Against Violence
Photos of the "Skate Against Violence" group, at the October 20 Santa
Monica Friday Night Skate, after they skated to Los Angeles from San
Francisco. Zack Phillips played rollersoccer all the way down Santa
Venice Beach Skaters Dancing in a Line
Photos of skaters dancing in a line, at the temporary
Venice Beach skate dance circle,
How to Buy a Razor Scooter
Before you buy one of those popular aluminum
mini-scooters, learn who makes authentic Razor
scooters, what brands they are sold under,
how to recognize a fake, and which model to buy.
Photos of the Silver Comet Trail
This country trail in Georgia runs through forests and
meadows, and it has several interesting tunnels and bridges
to cross. When construction is completed, it will connect with the Chief
Ladiga Trail in Alabama, and those trails will have a combined
distance of more than 100 miles.
A2A 2000 Finish Line Photos
Photos of the first three skaters crossing the finish
line at the A2A Road Skate in Georgia on Sunday, October 1, 2000
Skaters in cities from Melbourne, Australia to Washington DC will dress
up in costumes and parade through the streets October 27 through 31
(an earlier version of this article was
posted at About.com on October 2, 2000)
The United States Cup
Two important United States speedskating organizations have joined
forces to create this new indoor and outdoor speed series, with a cash
purse of nearly $100,000.
Southern California Beach Cams
Southern California has many great Web Cams,
and several of them are pointing directly at the
skate path that runs for 25 miles along the
coast, between Malibu and the Palos Verdes
Skating the Duluth Aerial Bridge
The next time you skate the Northshore Inline
Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, don't miss
skating across the aerial lift bridge that connects
Point Park to the City of Duluth
Skating the Duluth Lakewalk Path
Photos of inline skating on
the Duluth Minnesota Downtown Lakewalk Path
Crossing the Berlin Finish Line
These five photos from the 2000 Berlin Marathon, show
the first three skaters approaching and crossing the finish line.
This was the decisive moment of the race.
World Record Attempts
Attempts to break the inline skating world's records
for distance skated in 6 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours.
Victor Harbor Australia
Photos of several beautiful skating paths in
Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula in
Jesus Roller Skating with Friends
There is a mural on the First Lutheran Church in Venice,
California called "Jesus Roller Skating with Friends in
How to Heat Mold Speed Boots
If you have speedskates that do not fit perfectly,
it might be possible to heat the
boots and custom mold them to fit your particular
feet. Here's how to do it.
A Russian Downhill Skating Event in Sosnovyi Bor
Great photos of downhill skating, from the first downhill
competition ever held in Russia, in Sosnovyi Bor near
St. Petersburg, on July 15 and 16, 2000.
Does Your Skating Stink or Is It Your Feet?
Tips for preventing foot odor, and
some of the newest treatments options.
Some of them are quite radical and one
of them will shock you (orginally published
at About.com on August 21, 2000)
Wheel Rotation Strategies
Three different methods for rotating skate wheels: #1 is the method usually
recommended by skate manufacturers, #2 is for people who love to rotate
wheels, and #3 is what most of us end up doing.
Surreal Inline Speedskater
Eric Maurer of Skatetrix.ch in Switzerland took these
fantastic photos of Team Reidell speedskater Phil Schneider,
on a dark rain day, using very slow film.
Swiss-German Team Reidell
Profiles and photos of the members of this
European speed team founded by Visiomatics
of Switzerland, and
sponsored by Reidell Skates USA
and Telemedia Marketing of Germany.
Venice Beach Reopening
In the summer of 2000, the Venice Beach bike path,
pavilion, skate dance circle, aggressive ramp,
and graffiti pit were completely torn out and
renovated. They re-opened the weekend of August
12-13. (page still needs photo)
Roller Cops of Puerto Rico
This article, by Agent Juan C. Matos, has plenty of interesting
photos and information about Puerto Rico's 25-officer inline
skating police unit. Agent Matos is a sworn police officer and
an IISA-certified skating instructor.
Rollerjoring: Dog-Powered Inline Skating
Richard Dale-Mesaros and his wife Lidia of
spend much of their free time being dragged through
the woods behind one or more of their five dogs.
A Medieval Fun Roll on a Swedish Island
A 17-mile fun roll in a Medieval Swedish Village.
A Brutal Uphill Battle in Switzerland
Photos of a difficult uphill inline race in
Switzerland on July 9, 2000: The Davos Alpine Uphill.
This race was the only uphill event in the 2000 Swiss
Where to Skate Nude Legally
Skating Without Tan Lines: Information and advice
about skating in the nude, and where
you can do it legally.
Introduction to Roller Skating in Italy
A very interesting article by Giuseppe Varriale,
Webmaster of ItalianSkating.com. He
talks about inline and quad skating in Italy,
and the status of some proposed legislation
that will benefit skaters in that country.
Visby-Tofta Path on Gotland
Photos of the beautiful Visby-Tofta Bike path on the
Gotland, an island in the Baltic Sea on the Southeast
coast of Sweden.
A 300 Mile Fun Roll in Finland
Do you think you could you skate 5 or 6 days straight,
traveling 40 to 80 miles a day? That's what Finland's
Katukiitäjät inline skating club does every year at
FinLine. They consider this 300 mile annual event a fun roll!
How to Live the Antioxidant Lifestyle
A program for a healthier life, developed by Dr. David Leaf
and Dr. Peter Glassman, authors of the new book, "The
Oxidative Balance". Dr. Glassman is a Southern California
Pro-Master level inline speedskater who competes at the
The Slalom Skaters of Göteborg
If you ever make it to to Southern Sweden,
don't miss the slalom skaters in
Slottsskogen, the largest park in the City of Göteborg.
A Toolkit of Stopping Techniques
Creative techniques for stopping on inline skates.
DISCLAIMER: This is a humorous article. Some of the
stopping methods are serious and some are just plain
silly! Don't attempt them or you may get hurt or die!.
See the World on Inline Skates
Enhance your travel adventures by bringing
your inline skates. Resources to help you
plan your trip, and travel reports from other skaters
Skating the Chicago Lakefront Path
One of the best places in the world to skate
is Chicago's lakefront Path
Path, between Belmont Harbor and Oak Street
Beach. (article still needs photos)
The Basics of Speedskating
An introduction to good speed skating techniques plus
tips for practicing and perfecting those techniques.
These tips came from a a long-time indoor and outdoor
speed skating coach.
Speed Practice at El Dorado Park
Every Saturday morning, Southern California Speedskaters
gather for speed practice at El Dorado Park in Long Beach.
Best U.S. Skating Events
Allan Wright of Zephyr Tours shares his list of the
best skating events in the United States.
He selected events based on number of participants,
organization, history, and appropriateness to all
levels of skaters.
Why I Love Skating in Venice Beach
One of the best places in the world to skate
is Venice Beach in Southern California.
Skate of the Union 2000
In May and June of 2000, five U.S. cities will host
IISA fund raisers for Easter Seals.
Joe's Knees: Don't Let This Happen to You
Photos of what can happen if you don't wear your
knee and elbow pads. Send us your best photos
of your worst accidents. Help us shock skaters
into wearing their head and body protection.
Zephyr Skate Tours - Would I Take One?
At a presentation in Long Beach California,
Allan Wright, the owner of Zephyr Inline Skate Tours,
answered everyone's questions about his skating
vacations in Europe and the United States.
ASA Pro Tour 2000 Update
Event schedules, results, articles and news abou the
Aggressive Skating Association Pro Tour 2000.
This feature was created on April 27, but it is
continuously updated, as results and new
information becomes available.
Online Tools and Converters for International Skaters
Free on-line calculators and converters for
area, length, volume, weight,
currency, distance, languages,
mathematics, metric units, imperial units,
speed, temperature, and time
Training the Roller Cops of London
How a London skating instructor and a Fairfax Virginia
police officer established the first
inline skating police force in the United Kingdom:
The London Royal Parks Constabulary.
My First Day on 5 Wheel Speed Skates
Photos of my first day on 5-wheel inline speed skates.
1998 Rosarito to Ensenada Roll (by Michael)
Michael Collins and 2 other skaters joined this
tough 50-mile cycling event in 1998.
The Ensensenada to Rosarito Roll happens twice a year.
Skate from Denmark to Sweden on June 10, 2000
Skate, bicycle, run, or walk across the the new
Oresund Fixed Link Bridge that runs from Copenhagen
in Denmark to Malmo in Sweden. Join thousands
of people for a grand opening celebration
June 9-22, 2000
A Swiss Champion in Zurich Station
Beautiful photos of Swiss artistic skating
champion, Nathalie Biedermann on inline skates in
Zurich's Central Train Station.
How to do a Grass Stop
Allan Wright of Zephyr Inline Skate
Tours explains how to
"Use the Grass to Save Your ..."
Second article in a new series called
"How to Stop on Inline Skates".
How to do a T-Stop
How to execute a perfect T-stop. Step by step instructions and
tips from other skaters.
First article in a new series called
"How to Stop on Inline Skates".
Moving from 4 Wheels to 5
Swedish inline skater and guest writer, Joakim Wassberg,
experience switching from 4 wheel recreational skates
to 5 wheel speed skates.
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