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Russian Skates 1800 KM Across Germany
The 20-Day Skate Will Begin April 1, 2003
On April 1, 2003, thirty-seven year old Russian chemist George Pakhomov
will begin skating across Germany, from south to north,
a distance of approximately 1800 kilometers.
Skaters, cyclists, other local German residents, and visitors
to Germany are invited to
join him for as long as they wish, when he passes through
different parts of Germany.
The skate will be video taped by Russian film maker
Alexey Orlenko who will accompany George on a bicycle.
George has been training hard all Winter, mostly
on a bicycle because there has been so much snow. The
journey will begin on April 1, 2003.
Russian Ultra Marathon Skater
George specializes in long distance, cross-country
marathon skating which is rather unusual in Russia,
the most popular skating styles are aggressive
skating and slalom cone skating.
Russian skaters call him a "super marathon roller".
In 2000 George skated 210 kilometers from Ekaterinburg to
Chelyabinsk in 12 hours.
In 2001 he skated across Germany from west to east,
covering a distance of 790 kilometers in 5 days.
After George skated across Germany in 2001 he was
given the nickname "GeRoller".
George is credited with introducing a new kind
of tourism to Russia: ultra long distance cross-country
skating. This kind of skating is also very popular in Finland,
Sweden, Norway, and other parts of Scandinavia (in 2001, a group
of Helsinki skaters crossed Finland from North to South for
the 10th anniversary of an annual skating event called
George says the best part of his
long-distance skating odysseys has been
the special and intimate view they have
given him of each country's climate, natural
scenery, and atmosphere, and the experience of
meeting the local people in a very special way.
George received his chemistry doctorate from The Urals State Technical
University where he is also
the director of their Chemistry Lab.
His research has mainly been focused on computer analysis of
physical chemistry, and more recently, developing specialized
equipment and materials for fighting fires in small areas
and multi-story buildings.
His research results have been published in more than 30
George has participated in more than twenty ultra-marathon
skating, hiking, cycling, and
In 2002 he took part in an international event called the
"Hundredth Meridian Expedition", which involved hiking, cycling,
and boating from Malaysia to North of Siberia
(for more information about this event see
100Meridian.ru). In addition to participating in
long distance expeditions, and his favorite sport
of inline skating, George enjoys
tennis, cycling, diving, windsurfing,
skiing, ice swimming, classical films, and painting.
The Journey Begins on April 1
George will begin his 1800 kilometer
journey across Germany on April 1, 2003.
Skaters all over the world are encouraged to
send messages of support to George at
firstname.lastname@example.org and to meet him along
his route if they will be in Germany in April.
Map of George's Route Across Germany
George Pakhomov Web Site I (Russian)
George Pakhomov Web Site II (German)
Article with Photos of George (Russian)
The 100th Meridian Expedition (English)
Guide to Skating in Russia (English)
Guide to Skating in Germany (English)
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