Roller figure skating!
I'm a roller figure skater, and I decided to create this thread to talk about this "parallel skating world", less famous than ice-skating (in many cases, less pleasant to watch, yes) because it is not an Olympic sport (even if they're fighting to make it a sport at the Summer Olympics)...
Roller skaters compete in singles, pairs and dance (exactly as on ice), but the rules are a bit "old", compared to the ice world: we still do figures, but there are separate rankings at each competition (one for the compulsories, one for SP+FS, one for compulsories+SP+FS), so there are three separated champions at each competition (even if most of the times, one person wins two or even all of them); there are still the CD/OD and the marks are given with a 10.0 system, similar to the 6.0 system; there is synchronized skating (but they don't have the SP) and there are also competitions for solo dancers (with two CD and a FD) and for "show groups", which is almost recreational skating, because they are not allowed to do do synchronized skating elements and jumps/spins/lifts are not required, they are judged basing only on choreography/interpretation/speed/SS/difficulty of the steps etc. and this is what many succesfull single/dance skaters do after their career.
Jumps and spins are much more difficult, because of the weight of the skates and their structure (this is an example http://www.google.it/imgres?imgurl=h...9QEwBA&dur=575)
The strongest skaters in the world are all from Italy, but there are some good skaters from Spain, Germany (especially in compulsories), Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, France. Unfortunately, important countries like USA, Canada, Russia, Japan, China do not have very good skaters...
The best female roller figure skater of all time: Tanja Romano (Italian but with Slovenian origin), she won 15 world titles (7 in the FS, 8 in the combined result)! Some of her best programs:
2007 Worlds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ4ePXYM1Tg
2008 Worlds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9ncBDALJDI
her last competitive performance, at 28: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS_V696ivtk
the best skater in the world at the moment is Debora Sbei: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zc0ABY5-cU
The best men programs:
Luca D'alisera (ITA), 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip-eCbfpENc
Roberto Riva (ITA), 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCNHety99HE
Dario Betti (ITA), 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgfZHeqTP7Y
The best Pairs:
The best dance:
Some examples of solo dance:
Some of the best show groups:
Feel free to ask any question
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What a feast! It will take me a while to watch them all
Intriguing to read about and watch videos of roller figure skating.
What fun!! :-)
But I would hate to see people fall on this surface. Ouch!
I can assure you that it is extremely painful!
Originally Posted by Slowdive
Would love to try this out! Looks so much fun.
Wow, Tanja Romano is sensational! And even though the pixelation made it hard to see her facial expressions in Carmen, her body language and interpretation was spot on... one of the best Carmens I've seen, maybe. And she does all 5 triples too!
Thanks for putting these up.