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Universal Sports Brings Skating, Cycling, Olympic and International Human-Powered and Gravity Sports to Free Over-the-Air TV

It looks like those multiple extra over-the-air 24-hour weather channels may get some other use on free over the air digital television...long track speed skating, short track speed skating, cycling, ice hockey, marathons, track and field, even curling.


Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
35° 46' 47.0928" N, 78° 38' 36.2904" W
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Joey Mantia USA, Elizabeth Arnedo COL, Win First 2009 World Inline Cup Event in Columbia; gewinnt WIC Auftakt 2009 in Kolumbien

Not much to say on this as I wasn't able to watch any vid, but Joey Mantia rolls and rules again...Presti has been near the top for a long time. Impressive.


Cartagena COL 2009 World Inline Cup Race Cartagena
10° 25' 16.3956" N, 75° 33' 0.3132" 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.


Richmond Olympic Oval
6111 River Road http://richmondoval.ca/
Richmond, British Columbia V7C 0A2
49° 10' 22.9116" N, 123° 9' 14.1552" W
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Squiggy Classic Inline 2009 Social Skates, Time Trial, Half & Full Marathon Tampa, Florida

Check out the details here... http://roadskater.net/invitation-squiggy-classic-inline-2009-tampa-flori... I just wanted to get it in the schedule block by adding an event too. Thanks for posting, Birgit. Looks like lots of fun. Wish I could be there. Tampa's nice for skating especially in cool seasons.


United States
28° 6' 52.5816" N, 82° 18' 3.3372" W
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Free Tickets to the ISU Long Track World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns UT Near Salt Lake City

Wow. I just found out that admission to the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Speed Skating Final in Kearns, UT is free with an advance ticket. There's small print about it not guaranteeing entry but the point is you should be able to get in and be in if you want it free of charge. I would love to see this. USA should do well but that only matters so much. The main thing is to be able to see it in person without the usual television trickerism.


Utah Olympic Oval
5662 Cougar Ln
Kearns, Utah 84118
United States
Phone: (801) 968-6825
40° 38' 52.3068" N, 112° 0' 30.4992" W
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China, South Korea, Netherlands Strong in Speed Skating at the Harbin World Winter Universiade (University Games) Photos

There's a whole lot of skating going on in Harbin (Haerbin) China. I've been following some of the stories and looking at photos this week, without a whole lot to say about it, since I don't know much about these young athletes. 

Here's one way to find some good stuff...




World Winter Universiade 2009 Harbin (Haerbin), Heilongjiang
45° 45' 7.0884" N, 126° 41' 49.11" E
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Vote for Your Favorite Ice Speedskating Video in Contest from Canada

If you have a few minutes to watch some videos about ice speedskating stories indoors and out, check out this contest where you can vote on which ones go to the next round. I assume United Statesians can vote! Check out the video from Canada's skaters... http://www.ingspeedskatingchallenge.com/video.php Methinks thou must yield thine (or someone's!) email address to vote...or at least something that looks like an email address. But watching the videos is fine for me.


Ottawa, Ontario
45° 25' 24.5784" N, 75° 41' 52.5588" W
Calgary, Alberta
51° 3' 18.5364" N, 114° 3' 44.7768" W
Kamloops, British Columbia
50° 40' 35.7924" N, 120° 20' 20.3568" W
Mississauga, Ontario
43° 35' 17.5488" N, 79° 38' 30.1956" W
Portland, Ontario
44° 41' 54.348" N, 76° 11' 23.1792" W
Varennes, Quebec
45° 41' 12.894" N, 73° 25' 55.3152" W
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Inline Skating Roller Speedskating Tries Again for 2016 Summer Olympics wIth Golf, Baseball, Softball, Rugby 7s, Squash, Karate

Once again roller speedskating is trying to get into the Olympics, already being considered an Olympic Sport as referenced here...

...with the official federation, Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS), being listed here...

...its main site being...


Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports
Viale Tiziano 74
Roma 00196
Phone: 39.06 36858543
Fax: 39.06.36858211
41° 55' 50.1456" N, 12° 28' 8.1912" E
International Olympic Commitee
Château de Vidy
Lausanne 1007
Phone: (+41 21) 621 61 11
Fax: (+41 21) 621 62 16
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Davis wins 1500-meter Ice Speedskating World Cup Race, Heerenveen, Netherlands

Shani Davis continues his winning ways and certainly is close to taking a season win as well. No time to go into this now, but he's really doing great. Also Kristina Groves of Ottawa seems to be doing well lately. Not sure on the timeliness of these as they reference different locations. Gotta go! Enjoy...


Thialf IJsstadion?
Pim Mulierlaan 1/1
Heerenveen, Friesland
52° 56' 18.5784" N, 5° 56' 31.5636" E
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High Point NC Woman Speedskater Makes the Transition from Inline to Ice for the Olympics

A few years ago at the US10K I met Heather Richardson from High Point Speed, just briefly, not a long chat or anything. But it was clear she was a powerful skater even at 10K, which is lots longer than most indoor types really want to do very often (that's a lot of laps on the tiny indoor inline circuits). The Greensboro News & Record has a nice story on her, point out that...

Richardson, a 19-year-old from High Point, is the reigning U.S. champion in long-track speedskating's sprint events and recently finished 20th at the World Sprints.


Rol-A-Rink Skating Center
2421 N Main St
High Point, North Carolina 27262
United States
35° 57' 25.3584" N, 80° 0' 20.6208" W
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