Pan American Games

Roller Sports

Roller Sports

Roller Sports

Roller skating is a sport where the athlete slides on a regular surface wearing skates on his feet. It takes place on different surfaces (usually on asphalt, concrete, terrazzo or parquet). These surfaces might also have a plastic layer such as polyurethane, synthetic resin, etc., making the competition very difficult. Roller skating can take place in specific places such as tracks or circuits, or in non-specific places adapted for the occasion (such as streets and roads in long distance events).

Some details

Among the countries who stood up in the Toronto 2015 standing, are Colombia, Argentina, and Mexico.

History

Roller skating originated in 17th century Holland when a Dutchman, disappointed at not being able to ice skate when the canals had thawed, attached a set of wooden wheels to his shoes and starting “skating” on land. The first patented roller skate by Belgian John Joseph Merlin appeared in 1760 and featured metal wheels. Skateboarding consists of sliding on a board with wheels and at the same time being able to perform several tricks, most of them jumping and making figures and pirouettes with the board in the air. It is practiced with a skate (“skateboard” in other Latin American countries), a flat wooden board bent at the ends, with two axles (trucks) and four wheels, and with 2 bearings in each of its 4 wheels. It usually takes place in a flat surface or anywhere you can roll, whether on the street or in skateparks.

Terminology

Finishing kick: An athlete’s final burst of speed in the last few meters of a race.

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