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Heather Richardson Interview After Gold

Here's a quick interview article with more from the mom than the skater and coach, taken from email and web material as well. Just like going to sit in the stands for a sporting event. You want to know what the athletes are thinking...not the former ones except for maybe the coach...but you hear the parents of course, coaching from the stands and discussing the logistics, because you're not an athlete down there but a spectator up here. Good reason to have an ipod or talk with the person beside you on stereo headset phone calls! :o)

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Davidson College Long Track Speed Skater Earns Ice Time and a Job to Help with Training near Charlotte North Carolina

While he might want to do a little more research on long track skaters from the Southeastern USA, I am glad to hear that Erik Ducker, 18, is getting ice time and work opportunities to keep him going as he trains to qualify for the USA long track speed skating team. I'd love to share some of that ice time, but I doubt that will happen! I'd need to get some ice speed skates and gasoline to get there of course!

Location

IceHouse
416 S Main St
Davidson, North Carolina 28036
United States
35° 29' 45.8952" N, 80° 51' 11.4372" W
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NC's Heather Richardson Big Winner in Speedskating; Shani Davis So Great We Notice When He Loses

Congratulations to Heather Richardson (from High Point, North Carolina) for a second 1k win in World Cup speedskating! Richardson won yesterday and today in the 1000 meters, and has taken the lead in the World Cup standings for the event as well.

500m First Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTvEBBQyvfU

500m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mqZwiVjU5U

1000m Second Round...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iZQNr-RPE

Location

Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval Obihiro, Hokkaido
Japan
42° 53' 42.2412" N, 143° 8' 22.686" E
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Watch Indoor Inline and Quad Speed Skating USARS National Championships Live Free Online

Oy. Sorry to be a bit late on this catch, but I got a note from some of our Tour to Tanglewood Roadskater.net team, saying they were off to the Nationals. I didn't follow up and they didn't tell me how to watch, but I finally got around to checking on it, and here's the info. I haven't looked at results so I don't know how they did. I missed a lot of it but the relays are today (Thursday) and there are some solo races left too, at least in the novice inline division. The quad speed events are yet to come, and that could be fun to watch too.

Location

Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson Ave
Peoria, Illinois 61602
United States
Phone: (309) 673-8900
40° 41' 31.1712" N, 89° 35' 30.876" W
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ISU Long Track World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships 2009 Richmond CAN Olympic Oval Four Days of Free Internet TV

After last week's Salt Lake City (Kearns) Utah championships, where Shani Davis set two world records, the speed skaters head for what they say is the slower ice of Richmond, BC, to the oval where next year's Winter Olympics will be contested. There's controversy over whether the Canadian hosts have been allowing teams free access to the rink, but i don't care so much about that. If they want a home rink advantage, so be it. If they want to seem gracious and accomodating, so be that too.

Location

Richmond Olympic Oval
6111 River Road http://richmondoval.ca/
Richmond, British Columbia V7C 0A2
Canada
49° 10' 22.9116" N, 123° 9' 14.1552" W
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Double Yes! Shani Davis USA Second World Record in 24 Hours (1000m), Marsicano Second Again

Yay! I can't wait to see some of this racing. Things are looking good for next year's Olympics! This is from a good piece worth a look below...

Speedskater Trevor Marsicano had never skated especially fast in the 1,000 meters, by international racing standards. His best time ranked only modestly inside the top 100 of all-time.

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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Yes! Shani Davis Sets World Record in 1500m ISU World Cup Long Track Race: Marsicano USA, Morrison CAN, Bokko NOR, Hedrick USA

Oh boy! Congratulations to Shani Davis for setting a new world record in Kearns, UT Friday. Davis surpassed the old record by a fifth of a second (plus a hundredth) to finish in 1:41:80. 

Location

Olympic Oval Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W

Inline Speed Skating Clinic March 28 2009 with Harry Vogel, Hank Galbraith, Mariah Richardson

2009.03.28 4:45 pm
2009.03.28 7:00 pm
US/Eastern

March 28 2009, Registration starts at 4:45 pm, the clinic starts at 5:00 pm and runs till 7:00pm. The cost is $15.00. The clinic is presented by USA World Team Members Harry Vogel, Hank Galbraith, and Mariah Richardson. This class is open to skaters of all levels, but you must be able to skate on inline skates. All skaters must bring a helmet, skates if you have them (rink rentals will be available if needed) wear tennis shoes, and dress athletically comfortable.

 

Location

Skateland USA West
200 Stage Coach Trail
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
Phone: 336-855-1669
36° 4' 46.3836" N, 79° 54' 42.4368" W
Speed Skating Clinic Comes to Greensboro
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Shani Davis Tops US World Cup Speed Skaters. Inliners Jennifer Rodriguez, Heather Richardson, Chad Hedrick Skating Well.

Here are a couple of articles in advance of the World Cup this weekend (Friday and Saturday, free admission!).

Americans Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick are among the other top skaters who will compete in the final meet of the World Cup season, aiming to secure season titles -- Davis leads the circuit at both 1,000 and 1,500 meters -- and enjoy a springboard into the World Single Distance Championships next weekend in Vancouver as well as the upcoming Olympic year.  [sltrib.com]

Location

Kearns, Utah
United States
40° 39' 9.9036" N, 112° 0' 21.6612" W
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What's your Inline-Skating, Cycling or Running Training Style: Periodization, Marathon-Training, or Haphazard?

With this year's outdoor inline training season ahead, I've been wondering how I should best spend the precious time available to me and reap the best skate training rewards later in the year.

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