2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships

WC2009の開催国だったスイスが突然に権利放棄したため、迷走していた次期開催地ですが、先日アジア大会が行われた中国の Haining に決まったようです。ただ、ヨーロッパ、北米アメリカ各国から参加する選手の移動費用を考えると、この世界的経済不況からして確定したとは信じられません。まだ、公式発表されていないので、変更される余地が残っていそうです。

2009 World Speed Skating Championships Promo in China


なお、WC Haining 開催予定日は2009年9月16日から27日ですが、9月19日のWIC Berlin Final とバッティングしているので、この辺りの調整も残っています。果たして、IOC委員にアピールできるだけの参加国が集まるのでしょうか。

2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships


Dear Mister the President,

I am glad to communicate you that the 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships, junior and senior categories- men and women- on track and on the road are scheduled in:

HAINING CITY ( People's Republic of China)
September 16-27

Haining City International Roller Sports Center


Haining City locates in Zhejiang Province; 2 hours driving from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and 1 hour driving from Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

Special thanks to the Chinese Roller Skating Association, to the Authorities of Haining and to the Organising Committee for having accepted to organise this event in a so short available time.

I am sure that the Chinese Friends will organise once again unforgettable Worlds for all the athletes who will be lucky in participating at.

With this info, all affiliated Federations may include the participation expenses at this event in their 2009 budget.

I invite all Federations to take part at these World Championships, sure that we shall overcome the 2008 record ( Gijon/Spain) of 57 participating countries.

As you know, the IOC will take a final decision in October 2009 about a possible inclusion of our sport in the 2016 Olympic Program.

We shall invite some IOC Members at our Worlds to show the high athletic level of our sport.

All Federations are kindly requested to participate by supporting the Roller Speed Skating Movement in attaining the Olympic goal.

Awaiting to meet all of you in Rome at the FIRS Elective Congress on February 7, I am seizing this opportunity for sending you my best sports regards,

Dr. Roberto Marotta
CIC President
FIRS Secretary General


Federation International de Roller Sports: 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships
Haining City International Roller Sports Center: www.hn1766.com/
2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships: www.rollerevents.com
PatinCarrera.com: 2009 World Championship Website
Inline Skating Notebook: The Website for WC Haining and The Days of the WC Haining 2009New!

The bunk track for the WC Haining 2009 conversion work completed

(Feb. 2009)
One of the requirements imposed by the ICC to organize the event in Haining was the remodeling of patinódromo adapted to official regulations.


Last November work began immediately and the organization finally decided to demolish much of the patinódromo and rebuilding again with an estimated investment of about $ 150,000. The reinforced concrete base was completed in late January and early February work began on the deck paint. According to official estimates the site will be entitled to the public next week.

According to official information of the organizers was not used coverage Vesmaco but on this occasion was the American company Upman and its Chinese subsidiary in charge of painting the oval of your product Tennislife Haining, which is used for the main tracks tennis world.

First Pics new Worlds Track

SkateLog Forum: First Pics new Worlds Track (Mar. 23, 2009)

Road



Inline Skating Notebook: Asian Roller Sports Championships 2008

話は飛びますが、現地中国ではインターネット規制により、各国選手は自身のブログ、facebook、Twitter にアクセス出来ず、迂回手段として携帯電話を使って更新されているようです。

What can be learned from Mantia

Alexander Bont (Sep. 9, 2009)
Unfortunately China blocks blogspot.com so it will be hard for skaters to post from the world champs this year.

alx

Blogspot

unicycle1234.ellisedge (Sep. 9, 2009)
Yes it sucks! I had my kids skating video etc on blogspot and my family and friends in China were able to see them before, but not anymore. However I was able to view them using my Blackberry Storm while I was in China last month, and was able to blog via my cell phone. I think that might be how Wouter did it.

The difference is that while roaming in China with cell phone, your IP traffic is from Verizon Network (or whatever your carrier is) and not via Chinese Internet Providers. Chinese government can't block data in cellphone network. If you thether your blackberry/smart phone with your notebook, then they bypass Chinese Internet Provider also. BTW, my plan in USA allows me unlimited data access in China, but voice cost $2 a minute.
Bont Skates Message Board and News: What can be learned from Mantia

Blogging from China

(Sep. 11, 2009)
I've written two blogs so far while I've been in China. They will mostly be short and have little tidbits of what I see and things that I just remember. It's not exactly simple to write blogs in China because they have websites like facebook and blogger blocked but there is always a way around it. A Younger Perspective: http://keithjr.blogspot.com
HYPER-RACE 2009: blogging from China

2009 Japan National Team



On the way to Worlds in China

(First of all I have to tell you that I cannot access my blog from China. There is a lot of censorship from inside China that blocks access to pages like blogspot and facebook...of course there is always a solution that that problem as you can see)

Part 1 - Warriors don't take a day off

by Wouter Hebbrecht (Aug. 10, 2009)
2 Days after the European championship's end in Ostend I found myself sitting in the gym again...legs and body hurting. I got back into it with a lot of hard labor with weights, sprints, jumps etc...No time to take a rest, no time to sit down and look at how great the past championships were for Belgium. However 32 medals is probably historically the best hunt we ever came home with…no don’t even think about it…it can still be better! People will not talk about what the Belgian team won, they will point out the things we didn’t win at Euro’s this year! And that is a great way of looking at it and keeping yourself driven: remember what was good but more importantly never forget what wasn't good!

You can look at Italy this year; everyone said that Italy didn’t perform good this year but they did go home with 36 gold medals and 71 in total. As you can see it can always be done better and if you don't do it someone else will.

Compare it with Napoleon or even Caesar if you want. As those leaders needed to find new wars and territories they could conquer, athletes find themselves new challenges and want to find their own limits. Point being that I have seen way to many skaters rest after a little success! Get up and keep working on something bigger! Making a national team for a big competition is NOT a goal. Maybe your first year of trying out it’s an accomplishment but yet it should not be the end of your goals. Out of my personal experience I can tell you that even if you reached the biggest achievement of them all (that would be world champion in our sport), you should always look for a way to get even better if you want to win again and again. That’s another reason our sport is such a great one! Always teaching us there is more to it than just skating as hard as you can! I know if you take a rest your competitor will be out there working hard and that may very well make the difference this coming September!
Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht: On the way to Worlds in China

Part 2- Why skating with other people is good for you!

by Wouter Hebbrecht (Aug. 26, 2009)
Throughout the years that I have been competing I have to admit that training with other athletes can make you a WAY BETTER skater. I learned a whole lot off skaters by listening to them and taking all of the advice that I could take from them. Even if sometimes I could only pick up half of what they were saying I tried to take it all up and deal with it. More so I think I even learned a big deal out of skating with people that weren't world champions. They made me realize that skating isn't as easy as it seems; its not all about training till you drop and being the most physical skater you can be. It's also about learning how to push, how to position your body, how to swing your arms,....and one of the best ways to learn that is by analyzing other skaters.

Why I am bringing this up is because recently I had the opportunity to train with Joey Mantia and Michael Cheek. Those weren't the only people I have skated with during the years (Botero, Gicquel, Dobbins, Rabeau, Zangarini and Presti just to name a few) but training with Joey really made clear to me that a true champion is constantly analyzing his way of skating. I saw how Joey changed his technique daily to try and improve the way he was skating. He would go out once, twice or even three times a day to try and improve from session to session.While he was doing that he also gave me a number of pointers that I could work on as well and that by doing drills that he got taught a while back. Point is that he does remember what people taught him in the past and improves that with his own experience and by studying other athletes. On some of the drills we did he clearly was better than me. I was trying to learn from him and fix what i was doing wrong. Of course that is frustrating but this is the only way to improve and push yourself to the next level.

One of my weak points is skating indoor. I never skated indoor my whole life until I came to the USA. Honestly I have to admit that I do not have the same drive to get better indoor, I get really frustrated by getting beat all the time and it's not very rewarding to me. But I did learn one thing out of my indoor experience. I did not fully commit myself to it and did not take up all the advice people gave me to become a better indoor skater. I also skipped on several opportunities to skate indoor with the best in the world and that is all part of my failure indoor.

Why am I telling you all this? Simply because I learned that out of my failure in indoor that I need to make sure I can learn everything I can outdoor . I can not understand skaters that DO NOT want to skate with other top skaters. To me this is very silly. It's almost like the fear gets the best of them even if they have nothing to fear. It may give them an excuse later on in their career by saying they never had the opportunity but in my opinion you should take any opportunity to skate with anyone; learn from everyone! If someone asks you to skate with them, DO IT, you getting beat or being way better than the person that wants to skate with you doesn't matter, you learning a lot does! Thats why pro skaters race each other, that's why top football teams play each other, that's why MMA fighters fight each other: to get better!
Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht: Why skating with other people is good for you!

Prt 3 - Arriving and settling in Haining

by Wouter Hebbrecht (Sep. 6, 2009)
Finally I can say I settled in the city of Haining after a few days. Getting over the travel fatigue was a pretty big deal this time. Travel plans were all messed up before I had even left San Francisco International airport; a typhoon hovering above Japan made all the US outgoing flights to Japan late. As a result of that I got into Narita International Airport a few hours later and missed my connection to Shanghai. I had to spend the night in Tokyo and the next morning I could finally board my flight to Shanghai. Once I got into Shanghai my next mission was getting a hold of a taxi and explaining him where I wanted to go. Because of my changed flights I ended up arriving way later so I didn’t have anyone picking me up. The organization did sent people out to the airport but I was unable to get a hold of them to warn them about my changed connections for which I am very very sorry.

I finally got to my final destination about 12 hours later than expected. The hotel and service I received checking in were really great and heartwarming. Hotel employees on this side of the world really grasp the concept of being at someone’s service.

The very same day I went to skate on the track and felt good for what kind of travel I had just been doing. The next two days however were really tough. Fatigue creeps up on you if you don’t rest enough after traveling to different time zones and that definitely happened to me. Nothing a good few hours of sleep couldn’t fix. Day 4 and 5 have been really productive for me I am starting to feel more comfortable on the track. Also the local organization has given me times to practice and were extremely helpful so far. I must say that they are really going out of their way to make us feel welcome in Haining and that’s definitely the case. I heard a lot of statments that the track wouldn't be for skaters with power but I am pretty sure the track will be similar to last years in time and results.

One of the things to get used to that is a little bit harder is the temperature and humidity. In 30 C and 84 % of humidity you seem to sweat a lot and after seeing a big pack of skaters skating on the track for more than 5 minutes there are sweat drops everywhere. That of course makes the track a little more dangerous to skate on. I wonder how they will control that. I have been told that the AC will be turned on but I am sure that will not make the place less humid.

The road course is pretty much finalized and seems to be shaping up great. It is pretty much a big 400m oval that is manipulated a little not to have 2 symmetrical sides to it. It seems like a great and fast venue were we could see some good times. I will try and skate on it as soon as possible to let you all know how it feels like.
Skating With Wouter Hebbrecht: Arriving and settling in Haining

Timetable of the 2009 World Roller Speed Skating Championships



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