Olivier Jean, spokesperson for the 24hr Inline Montreal

“I’ve been a fan of inline skating for over fifteen years,” explained the spokesperson, Olivier Jean. “Inline skating is way more than a hobby, it’s also a training option that helped us capture the gold at the Vancouver Olympics. I’m really proud to be spokesperson for this unique event held in Canada. I’d like to invite everyone to live a memorable experience by taking on the challenge of the 24hr Inline Montreal!”

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Roller skating craze briefly struck Moncton in the 1880s

For three short years in the 1880s, Moncton was home to one of the finest roller skating rinks in New England and eastern Canada.

The Victoria Block, circa.1921, at the corner of Robinson and Main Streets, of which the Victoria Roller Rink was once a part.
Built at the corner of Robinson and Main Streets on land purchased from W.J. Robinson, the Victoria Roller Rink held its grand opening on October 14, 1884.

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The Victoria Block, circa.1921, at the corner of Robinson and Main Streets, of which the Victoria Roller Rink was once a part.‘- photo from here

USA Roller Figure Champs Live Online Broadcast

The Skaters Place will provide a live video stream of the USA Roller Sports’ Figure Skating Championships starting July 25th.

The first six days of Figures (July 25-31) are dedicated to the competition of USA Roller Sports Youth Division skaters from nine regions in the United States. World Class and 2010 World Championship Team qualifying division events will be competing August 1-4 to earn a birth on TEAM USA. The competition will be supreme from these top notch skaters and will be exciting to watch.

Sergio Almeralla & Morgane Echardour Golden on Canada Day

The Canada Day Marathon was held in ideal conditions in Cambridge on July 1st.

With good participant support including skaters from Quebec, Ottawa, and the United States, this year’s Canada Day Marathon was another addition to the streak of the well supported marathon held in favorable conditions.

Race organizer Jim Mallard & his family supported by Lenny Porter & his family, Wayne Burrett, and other hard-working volunteers put a good effort to put together this yearly event.

Ottawa’s Sergio Almeralla- photo Peter Doucet/ SpeedSkateWorld.com

Ottawa’s Sergio Almeralla & Mississauga’s Morgane Echardour topped the competition in the 42km marathon.

Almeralla, who represented Canada at the World Roller Speed Skating Championships, broke away from the lead group early on and never looked back on his way to victory. Helping Almerally secure a commanding lead was a tentative and hesitant pack that couldn’t organize a chase. Finishing 2nd in a sprint was Jesse Pauley. Newcomer Constant Montpellier came in 3rd.

Morgane Echardour, who has also represented Canada at the World Championships, stayed in the lead pack for most of the race, finishing ahead Shannon Hegarty to win the women’s race. Hegarty set a personal-best marathon time on her way to earning the silver medal. Candy Wong, from Richmond Hill, placed 3rd.