Keith Carroll

スペイン開催の 2008 WC Gijon が近づいて来ました。ほぼ各国選抜レースも終わり、WC参加メンバーが発表されています。その中でアメリカ代表選抜のジュニアで Keith Carroll が2つの新記録を樹立し金銀メダルを4つ獲得、9月のスペインでは5つのメダルを獲る可能性もあると注目を集めています。

From 'out of nowhere,' Honey Brook speedskater makes his mark

by Tom Brolley - Reading Eagle (Jul. 2, 2008)
Keith CarrollKeith Carroll toed the starting line at the first race of the recent Junior Inline Speedskating National Championships, ready to make a quick impression.

In less than 27 seconds, the 17-year-old from Honey Brook did just that, setting a blistering pace in the time trial and breaking the national record in the 300-meter banked track race.

"That race let everyone know that he's the fastest man on the track," said Jeff Foster, Carroll's coach with SOS Racing. "That really set the tone."

Carroll would finish the championships with two national records and four medals - two golds and two silvers - on his way to placing second overall at the meet in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Keith Carroll

The next step for the Twin Valley senior-to-be is the World Speedskating Championships in September in Spain. Foster said Carroll has the chance to come away with five medals.

After that there may not be much left for Carroll to achieve in inline skating, leaving him with a tough decision.

Carroll aspires to go to the Olympics in 2014, but there's a small problem: Inline speedskating is not an Olympic sport. Carroll will eventually have to decide if he wants to pursue that goal or stick with inline skating.

"I realized that if I wanted to become an Olympian then ice is my only option," Carroll said. "That's where I got the idea to switch."

Carroll's potential swap of wheels for blades was planted in 2006 when he watched the Torino Olympics, where former inline skaters Chad Hedrick, Joey Cheek and Apollo Anton Ohno won medals for America.

Yet it was another former inline skater, Allison Baver, who caught Carroll's attention the most. Baver, who graduated from Wilson in 1998, raced for the same team that Carroll does now.

Keith CarrollFoster has had the opportunity to coach Carroll and Baver with SOS Racing and said he has seen the comparable qualities that have made them successful.

"Their attitudes are very similar," he said. "Allison has a lot of tenacity. She's very aggressive, and she gets what she wants. Keith displays a lot of similar qualities. He doesn't make excuses, and he's willing to do the work to get better."

Foster said that the "doors are a lot more open" to Carroll to switch to ice because of the efforts of former inline skaters such as Baver.

Baver, who lives in Salt Lake City, keeps a busy schedule training and competing at the international level.

The 2007 national short track champion made her own switch to ice about a decade ago around the same age as Carroll.

"The sports are so much different now that I'm an ice skater," Baver said, "but the basic things transfer - being a speedskater, the racing skills and training skills that your coach teaches you. The fundamentals of being a skater helped me."

In October 2006, Carroll took his first step onto the ice. He struggled early with skating on blades and the temperature of the rink, but he struggled most with the technique.

The Story of Keith Carroll


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Reading Eagle Newspaper: From 'out of nowhere,' Honey Brook speedskater makes his mark
Kieth Carroll: A Younger Perspective (Blog)
USA Roller Sports: Skater In The News
What it's like to be a "Speed Skating Spectator": SEND THE BEST - BBQ (Jun. 16, 2008)
SOS Racing: http://www.sosspeed.com/

先月、アドレス変更した USA Roller Sports のホームページに載っている WC Dijon 参加メンバー。

USA Roller Sports Announces 2008 Inline Speed Skating World Team

USA Roller Sports (Jun. 20, 2008)
Lincoln, Neb. - USA Roller Sports (USARS) is proud to announce the 2008 Inline Speed Skating World Team that will represent the United States at the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) Speed Skating World Championships in Gijon, Spain September 4-12, 2008. The following athletes qualified for the world team based on their performance at the recently concluded 2008 Inline Speed Skating Banked Track and Road National Championships, contested June 10-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
World Class Men
Dane Lewis - Sacramento, CA.
Joey Mantia - Tacoma, Wash.
Joshua Wood - Salt Lake City, Utah
Michael Cheek - Greensboro, N.C.
Harry Vogel - Greensboro, N.C.
Sebastian Cano - Miami, Fla.
Alternates:
Justin Stelly - Salt Lake City, Utah
William Bowen - Greensboro, N.C.
World Class Women
Sara Sayasane - San Jose, Calif.
Katelyn Horning - Salisbury, N.C.
Emily Scott - Boynton, Fla.
Chelsea Creveling - Harrisonburg, Va.
Brittany Bowe - Summerfield, Fla.
Erin DiJulio - South Kingstown, R.I.
Alternates:
Amber Yarborough - West Jordan, Utah
Mollie Brown - Summerfield, N.C.
Junior Men
Keith Carroll - Narvon, Pa.
Kevin Quandt - Boynton, Fla.
Hank Galbraith - Greensboro, N.C.
Jake Powers - Greensboro, N.C.
Jonathan Blair - Roswell, Ga.
Justin Mannon - Levittown, Pa.
Alternates:
Mario Valencia - Wakefield, R.I.
Andrew Shatzer - Greencastle, Pa.
Junior Women
Mariah Richardson - Greensboro, N.C.
Erin Jackson - Ocala, Fla.
Brianna Kramer - Kissimmee, Fla.
Alex Harris - Weyers Cave, Va.
Melanie Bradley - Coral Springs, Fla.
Sophie Webb - Kissimmee, Fla.
Alternates:
Kirsten Attipoe - Boynton, Fla.
Lauren Forest - Arlington, Texas

Senior Team Coach: Buggy Allmond - Harrisonburg, Va.
Junior Team Coach: Chris Tidwell - Waco, Texas
Manager: Ricci Porter - Lincoln, Neb.
Assistant Manager: Debbie Bowe - Summerfield, Fla.
Referee: John Gustafson - Auburn, Wash.

For more information on the 2008 Inline Speed Skating World Team, log on to www.usarollersports.org or contact the world team manager, Ricci Porter, at 402.483.7551 or via email at rporter@usarollersports.org.

USA Roller Sports is recognized by the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the National Governing Body for Competitive Roller Sports in the United States. For more information, log on to www.usarollersports.org or contact the Director of Marketing and Sales, Adam Dambrosia, at 402.483.7551 or via email at adambrosia@usarollersports.org.

"USARS is dedicated to creating, enhancing, and conducting the best competitions and programs for roller sports. We instill the drive to win and to be the absolute best...in sport and in life."
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USA Roller Sports Web Site is moving to it's new home at http://rollersports.usoc.org during the transition no new articles will be posted to this site. The anticipated launch date for the new site is September 1st, 2008. When the new site is launched, you will be able to access using http://www.usarollersports.org . Please use the new site if you are looking for information newer than 6/1/2008

WC Gijon 終わってみれば、アメリカ人もガッカリのUSA男子ジュニアチームは大敗でした。Keith Carroll 君も巻き添え転倒の不運に見舞われ、表彰台に一歩届かず残念な結果に終わりました。ネットでバッシングも受けているようですが、今が底、来年が見ものかも知れません。これに関して、Joey Mantia さんが自信のブログで触れたのに続き、Bill Begg 氏が Bont Message Board に投稿。いつか彼らと競うであろう日本のジュニア選手にも読んで欲しい。

It's All Over

by Keith Carroll (Sep. 14, 2008)
Well the 2008 season is officially over. What a year it was. Before a recap of the year which will come a different day I will finish with worlds.

It rained for us again during the marathon. It sucked a lot. The course wasn't a very good one to begin with so with the rain it just became terrible. Junior Men once again did not end up getting a medal which made us look horrible. To make matters worse we didn't even get a relay medal like the previous two years. That puts us in a pretty bad place. I really thought we had the team to do it and I thought we trained pretty hard at residency. As a team (Junior Men) I think we were so close. 1000m final, 500m final, relay final, 300m final, a couple top 10 long race finishes.

The Junior Women skated so good this year. They had three individual medalists which was a team high. And they ended up with six medals including the relay which is great.

The Senior Women were dominate in sprints. To think Sara and Brittany would do what they did on track is just ridiculous. I never would have thought they would get 6 of the 9 medals in the 3 track sprints (Yes, I'm calling the 1000m a sprint race). This was Sara's first year medalling individually and you never would have guessed it.

The Senior Men skated good. They had the sickness in their group but I think two of them qualified for the world games (I am not certain though) which would be Josh and Dane. They also had two medalists in Josh and Joey.

It sucks that again Junior Men ended up the weakest link, especially because we had a stronger team heading into worlds this year then we did last year I think.
A Younger Perspective: It's All Over

Don't Short Change Yourself

by Joey Mantia (Sep. 16, 2008)
(may contain offensive material, sorry)

There's been question of why the US junior team did poorly this year at the world championships and it's really a subject that CAN be touched on by the correct people, however, I think a lot of those who have no experience in the matter are unsuccessfully taking a stab at it. I'm just going to throw out what I've seen with my own eyes as well as some of my own experiences, to give you guys an idea of what could be going on.

First and foremost, I think a lot of the top younger skaters really short change themselves when setting goals. What i mean by this is simply that most of them seam so content with just making the world team that they forget it's only a small step in the grand process. Furthermore, the minute you get home from trials, it's time to hit it even harder than before, because I can assure you, the rest of the top countries are working their asses off. Realistically, the training for worlds, starts well before trials even takes place; you should be looking at trials as a training tool. It takes a lot more dedication to be successful at worlds than you think, and I'd be willing to bet that those who are getting the gold medals in junior have an outstanding work ethic that got them there.

Second, when did it become so easy to quit? Dropping out of drills and quitting is really hard to do if you convince yourself that it's absolutely not acceptable. However, letting it happen once sets the stage for disaster in most cases. Furthermore, think of it as a drug; you try it one time and you can actually trick yourself into thinking it's good for you, thus making it that much easier to do it the next time. Then suddenly, it just becomes a habit that can be much harder to shake than you ever thought possible. Now, im not completely sure if the problem roots from preparation, mental toughness, or just plain lazyness, but it's a dilemma that has to be fixed if you want to see the juniors bring home medals again. All in all, there needs to be at least one of them step it up and just become completely dominate, which in turn, will force the others to step it up as well... after all, motivation is a key ellement in success, and getting your ass handed to you is usually a pretty good means of motivation... if you're a true competitor.

Finally, quit making excuses, go outside, and bust your ass. I think just about every junior came to residency this year unprepared, and that's not a stab at any coaches or anything, it's just what i saw from the skaters. The juniors should be so hungry to work out and kick the seniors' asses at training, but I just didn't see any of that this year, it's like they didn't even care to beat each other. When I was a junior, all i wanted to do was race Chad; I wanted to win every single drill, which most of the time I did... and the seniors didn't like me very much; i even got my head shaved one year. So there's the formula, come to residency ready to hand it to the seniors... piss them off because you make the drills hard; if you do this, I can assure you, you'll be ready for worlds by the time we leave. In turn, this is better for everyone, because now, all the seniors step it up because they don't want to get beat by a junior, so it's good for everyone.

In conclusion, there is a lot of talent that is just waiting to be tapped from the american juniors returning next year as well as those coming up. It's ultimately up to them, because no one can force them to work hard and be motivated. To be honest, making the team and winning the actual races at worlds are the easiest parts of the whole process, the training and mental preparation are far more challenging, and those are two keys to success in this situation. I hope everyone stops making excuses and saying they need this or they need that or the world team staff blah blah blah. Go back to what makes any great athlete great... hard work.

-A note to the juniors that give a shit-

I'm assuming most of you are planning on taking some time off and starting back up with indoor around october... I strongly advise against this, keep the outdoor going, you have a little base, don't just throw it away. Put in the miles, i can 100% assure you that you will not regret it...

-A note to the juniors that don't-

Take off your skates, eat a lot, get fat, play lots of video games and look forward to starting over from scratch : )
What I See Is What You Get: Don't Short Change Yourself

USA JUNIOR MEN HYPER THREAD

by Bill Begg (Sep. 18, 2008)
Hi Skaters,

I have just read a whole lot of nonsense on the Hyper board from some people who obviously do not know a good speed skater from a Sunday recreational Hack & the tragedy is, many people are taking a lead from what they are saying. About why their Junior men Failed, yes some were definately overweight & Fast food Franchise visitors But!

1/ THE BEST SKATER NOT TO WIN A WORLD MEDAL IN SPAIN - THE USA JUNIOR KEITH CARROLL.
2/ THE UNLUCKIEST SKATER NOT TO WIN A GOLD - THE USA JUNIOR KEITH CARROLL.
3/ THE SKATER THAT MOVED ME THE MOST - KEITH CARROLL USA JUNIOR.

I left the grandstand with my gammy Hip,walked down & up the stairs to console a distraut young man, whose campaign had been wrecked, by bad luck & unfortunate crashes, it was little consulation to him at the time that I shook his hand & touched his shoulder & told him he was the unluckiest skater here, but he was a great skater & would have his day, I also shed a few tears for the young man, to give so much & end up with nothing was a crime, even though he was from the Mighty USA I really hurt with him.

I would only do this if it was exceptional.

So don't any of you sideline critics say they were no good, this guy was special & as good as the Hot Shot Colombians.

I have long forgotten my password to the Hyper board,one time I used to be the chief contributer, but the great JL wipe the posts syndrome & the stupid personal rubbish that invaded the board, was not the best, so I give it a miss. I came accross the article on Canadian Petes site.

Bill Begg
Bont Skates Message Board and News : USA JUNIOR MEN HYPER THREAD

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