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July 01, 2008


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This is so great you're giving coaches their moment in the spotlight! Too often we see them off to the side looking very serious.


I think also that coaches who teach adults have the advantage of their students actually wanting to be there. Too often I see the whiny kids waiting for the 30 minutes to be over so they can get off the ice.

Melissa Mohlere

Great job! Thanks for putting this together.

cabernet reserve

The sport is very similar to ice figure skating. There is some crossover between the two sports. Ice skaters such as Tara Lipinski and Marina Kielmann competed in both. However, roller figure skating is often mistakenly considered to be more difficult because the ice allows the skater to draw a deep, solid edge to push off from when performing jumps such as a lutz or an axel, however the edge is harder to balance on for beginner skaters, and more complex issues can occur for elite-level skaters. On roller skates it is not possible to use the same kind of deep edge in that context, because it will confuse in the rotation, making it difficult to land properly. On the other hand, roller skates restrict the beginner skater from generating as much speed and therefore result in less jump rotations and spin positions than figure skates do. Yet the smoother and easier to manage floor allows for more acceleration and consistancy. Also, the lack of elemental difficulties, as well as having a consistent surface, gives roller skaters an advantage.

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