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Roller sports are sports that use human powered vehicles which use rolling either by gravity or various pushing techniques. Typically ball bearings and polyurethane wheels are used for momentum and traction respectively, and attached to devices or vehicles that the roller puts his weight on. The international governing body is the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS).

Learn to Skate with Nadine:

How to Roller Skate Lesson 1: Falling over, getting up

How to Roller Skate Lesson 2: Skating & Balancing

How to Roller Skate Lesson 3: How to Stop

How to Roller Skate Lesson 4: Gliding & Turning

How to Roller Skate Lesson 5: Turning corners & going backwards

Artistic Roller Skating

Artistic roller skating is a sport similar to figure skating but where competitors wear roller skates instead of ice skates. Within artistic roller skating there are several disciplines:

  • Figures (similar to compulsory or “school” figures on ice)
  • Freestyle (individuals performing jumps and spins)
  • Pairs (a subset of freestyle with two people performing jumps, spins, and lifts)
  • Dance (couple)
  • Solo dance
  • Precision (team skating, similar to synchronized skating on ice)
  • Show teams

 

Artistic roller skaters use either quad or inline skates, though quad skates are more traditional and significantly more common. Generally quad and inline skaters compete in separate events and not against each other. Inline figure skating has been included in the world championships since 2002 in Wuppertal, Germany.

The sport looks very similar to its counterpart on ice, and although there are some differences, many ice skaters started in roller skating or vice versa. Famous champion ice skaters who once competed in roller skating include Brian Boitano, Tara Lipinski, and Marina Kielmann. Roller figure skating is often 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. Also, roller skates are generally heavier than their ice equivalents, making jumping harder; and do not leave behind tracings.

Puck Hockey

Roller in-line hockey, commonly shortened to inline hockey, is a team sport played on an appropriate smooth surface, in which skaters use sticks to shoot a hard plastic inline hockey puck into their opponent’s net to score points. In some countries, such as the United States, it is sometimes known as “roller hockey”.

A team usually consists of three lines of two forwards, three pairs of defensemen, and two goalies. Four members of each team skate up and down the floor trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Each team has a goaltender who tries to stop the puck from going into the goal.

As its name suggests, inline skates are used in inline hockey. Body checking is forbidden, but it is a contact sport. In contrast, rink hockey is played on quad skates and contact is forbidden.

56 of 57 medals at the FIRS Senior Men Inline Hockey World Championships have been taken by seven nations: Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. Of the 15 gold medals awarded in the senior men’s competition at the World Championships from 1995, only five did not go to the United States. 33 of the 36 FIRS Senior Women Inline Hockey World Championships medals have gone to one of these seven countries, and every gold medal has been won by the Czech Republic,Canada or the United States.

Roller Speed Skating

Inline speed skating is the roller sport of racing on inline skates. It is often called inline racing by participants. Although it primarily evolved from racing on traditional roller skates, the sport is similar enough to ice speed skating that many competitors are now known to switch between inline and ice speed skating according to the season.

Inline Freestyle

Freestyle slalom skating is a highly technical field of skating that involves performing tricks around a straight line of equally spaced cones. The most common spacing used in competitions is 80cm, with larger competitions also featuring lines spaced at 50cm and 120cm.

Most freestyle slalomers use inline skates although some use quad skates. Those who use inline skates tend to use a full rocker wheel configuration, however there are variations of the rockers which are used. Some skaters prefer to use a ‘full hi-lo’ rocker, which means the largest wheel is the second in from the back, with the smallest at the front. A short frame (230–245 mm)is used to give them the maximum possible maneuverability. The inline skates are very tight with a very strong cuff, to give sustaining ankle support. Popular skates used to include the FSK skate range by Salomon, now unavailable, the market is now dominated arguably by Seba skates, formed by a world class slalom skater, and other brands such as Powerslide and RollerBlade.

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