All the best to Jordan Belchos, Christopher Fiola, Morgane Echardour, and Valérie Maltais who will represent Canada in the roller speed skating events at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on Sunday and Monday.
Best wishes for Kailah Macri as she enters the first day of roller figure skating competition at the Panams. Tomorrow she will skate the long program
Bonne chance à Jordan Belchos, Christopher Fiola, Morgane Echardour, and Valérie Maltais qui vont courser dans la compétition de roller vitesse aux jeux pan américains Toronto 2015 dimanche et lundi.
Kailah Macri participera dans la compétition de roller artistique demain. Elle fera ses deux programmes, un long et un court.
CBC’s David Common tried a number of Pan Am sports in the run-up to the Games to see how challenging it really is to be among the best.
View the video here: Pan Am figure roller skater Kailah Macri takes CBC for a spin
Kailah Macri glides on skates around the rink in her dress and leggings, executing jumps and spins with precision.
But ice is not under the recent York University graduate’s skates. The 24-year-old Whitby resident is a roller figure skater, and Canada’s only representative in the little-known sport at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games next month.
Continue reading: Kailah Macri ready to roll at Pan Am Games
Pan Am Games athlete Kailah Macri was recently interviewed on Indie88. Click here to hear the full interview.
Kailah Macri says that when she talks about her sport at a party, the most common response she gets is: “What’s that?”
Roller figure skating, Macri will explain to those she meets, is like ice skating, with the same jumps, spins and routines, but it’s done on roller skates.
“Some people assume it’s roller skates on ice, and will ask how that works, but I’ll tell them, ‘no, it’s on concrete or a hardwood floor,’” she said.
Continue reading: Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ wonderful, unusual, lesser-known sports