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SkateLog Newsletter 2002-009
November 24, 2002

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SKATELOG NEWSLETTER - Issue 2002-009
From Skatelog.com - http://www.skatelog.com
Date: November 24, 2002

NEWSLETTER CONTENTS:
___ The X Games Will Move to Los Angeles in 2003
___ Belgian Skater Killed by Gale Force Winds
___ Join Me in Las Vegas - Everyone is Welcome!
___ Chad Hedrick Launches a 2003 Workshop Tour
___ Skate in Beautiful Hawaii With Eddy Matzger
___ Report from the San Francisco Gravity Games
___ 11 Cities Ice Race in Japan: February 2003
___ Skating Photo of the Week: "The Girls of Hyper"
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___ News from the International Federation
___ A Note from Kathie (I'm becoming an ice speed junky)
___ Coming Soon



THE X GAMES WILL MOVE TO LOS ANGELES IN 2003
The Summer X Games will move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2003, and the events will take place at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and probably a couple of other places. Since I live in Venice Beach, I will be an active volunteer and journalist for those games, and you can expect plenty of articles, photos, interviews, and news stories between now and August, when the games will take place.

BELGIAN SKATER KILLED BY GALE FORCE WINDS
On October 27, 2002, a 13 year old skater was killed in the Belgian coastal town of Wenduine when he was blown into the mechanism of some construction machinery. Here is more information about this tragic accident.
(it breaks my heart to think about this boy and his family)

JOIN ME IN LAS VEGAS - EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Join me in Las Vegas December 5-8 for the First Annual Congress and Expo presented by the United States Roller Sports Federation. The general skating public is more than welcome to attend this 3-day workshop with dozens of presentations and workgroup sessions covering all types of skating including recreational, artistic, hockey, speed skating and even skateboarding.

This a chance for all skaters (including the casual recreational skater) to meet up close and personal with the most important personalities in the U.S. roller sports world including officials, national coaches, and dignitaries from the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Roller Sports Federation, the International Inline Skating Association, and many other national skating and sports organizations.

For a schedule of events, speakers, and sessions see:
Congress Expo - Schedule of Sessions

For all other information see:
Congress and Expo - All Information

If you attend this very important event, you will have an opportunity to personally influence (and help to mold) the future direction of recreation, speed, hockey, artistic skating, and skateboarding in the United States.

CHAD HEDRICK LAUNCHES 2003 WORKSHOP TOUR
Chad Hedrick, the most celebrated inline speed skater in the history of the sport, will conduct a series of indoor speed skating clinics in 2003. The clinics will be held in different parts of the United States to help draw new skaters into speed skating and promote the sport of inline skating in general.

SKATE IN BEAUTIFUL HAWAII WITH EDDY MATZGER
Join me and the skaters of Honolulu for an Eddy Matzger Workshop in Hawaii, followed by a week of fun rolls, picnics, and social activities hosted by local skaters on the Island of Oahu. I'm working with the skaters of Honolulu to help them publicize and promote this workshop because they were forced to cancel their 2002 workshop for lack of sign-ups (it is not easy to fill up a workshop with Hawaiian skaters because Hawaii is not such a big place)

Here is more information about the workshop and a list of my personal favorite hotels in Waikiki (the New Otani and Waikiki Joy are very special...)

SKATE IN HAWAII WITH EDDY MATZGER

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SELECTING A HOTEL:
Usually you will not be allowed to skate in the middle of Waikiki, so keep that in mind when you select your hotel and decide whether or not you want to rent a car. Also, if you rent a car, be sure to ask your hotel about parking. I recommend that you stay at the New Otani Hotel or another hotel on the far Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach.

A REPORT FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO GRAVITY FESTIVAL
The U.S. National Inline Downhill Championships in San Francisco produced a surprise winner this year.

ALTERNATIVE 11 CITY ICE RACING TOUR IN JAPAN
Want to try Ice Speed Skating? How you can try it this winter and have a holiday in Japan at the same time

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - "THE GIRLS OF TEAM HYPER"
This is one of my very favorite photos from the 2001 Long Beach Marathon in Southern California:

NEWS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION
-
FIRS President Visits U.S. Olympic Committee Nov 21-25
- International Speed Committee Meeting (Minutes)
- FIRS Updates World Speed Records on their Web Site
- Spanish Inline Hockey League Launched November 2002
- Open International Artistic Pairs Competition (Results)
- More News from the International Federation

A NOTE FROM KATHIE

I keep holding off on sending my newsletter until I can finish more of my "in-progress" articles, but that is a bad strategy because I end up waiting too long. So I'm sending this newsletter today, even though I'm still trying to finish up several significant articles, and in the future I will try to send a newsletter every week, as long as I have at least 4 or 5 items to announce.

PLEASE HELP ME GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT SKATELOG.COM
I'm trying to get the word out about my SkateLog.com Web site and you can help me by asking your favorite skating webmaster to add SkateLog to their "favorite links" list. Just to avoid confusion: My SkateGRRL.com Web site is mostly a huge link directory and SkateLog.com is where I publish skating articles, photos and news stories written by me and guest authors.

ABOUT POSTING MY NEWSLETTER ON YOUR WEB SITE
You are very welcome to post all or part of my SkateLog Newsletters on any Web Site or message board if you don't mind including the URL of SkateLog.com (
http://www.skatelog.com) when you do it.

KATHIE IS BECOMING AN ICE SPEED JUNKY!
I 've decided to travel to Heerenveen Netherlands for 3 days in January to attend the European Ice Speed Skating Championships, and visit my friends in Groningen and other nearby areas. While I am there, I will also interview world-famous Dutch sports photographer Ewoud Broeksma. Maybe I will even have some photos of myself taken by this talented man, who takes the most beautiful, exotic, and clever photos I've ever seen of skaters and other athletes. You can see some of his work here:

EWOUD BROEKSMA - HOME PAGE

To prepare for this trip I am giving myself a crash course in European speed skaters - who they are, what they look like, and trying to anticipate who will win big in Heerenveen in January. If you're interested in following my research you can see all of my notes and photos and links here:
Kathie's Ice Speed Skating Notes

That's all for now! I will try very hard to send another newsletter next weekend with at least the first 3 articles listed below.


COMING SOON - ARTICLES I'M WORKING ON NOW
- New Backwards Skating Video from Richard Humphrey
- Profile and Photos of Kimberly Derrick
- Diary of a Beginning Speed Skater - Part II
- Invitation to the 2003 Nairobi Inline Marathon
- Invitation to the 2003 Havana Inline Marathon
- A Pacific Coast Skate in Southern California
- Photos of Halloween Skates Around the World
- An Interview with Jay Etheredge of Hyper Racing
- Nicholas Iten and Adrian Kueng of Switzerland
- Controversy at Athens to Atlanta 2003
- Two Skating Tracks in El Salvador
- Central American and Caribbean Games
- More Ultra Long Distance Skating Events
- New Speed Skating Club in Santa Monica California
- Tips for Deaf Skaters and Their Coaches
- Skating the Islands of Scandinavia
- Beautiful Skating Trails in Southeast Asia
- (many more articles are also in progress)

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The SkateLog Newsletter is Produced by

Kathie Fry, Editor of SkateLog.com
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http://www.SkateLog.com
Email - kathie@skategrrl.com
PO Box 12320, Venice Beach CA 90295 USA


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