Skating – Speed Skating http://speedskating.org/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:45:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://speedskating.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Skating – Speed Skating http://speedskating.org/ 32 32 Inside the New York Roller Skating Extravaganza https://speedskating.org/inside-the-new-york-roller-skating-extravaganza/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:02:00 +0000 https://speedskating.org/inside-the-new-york-roller-skating-extravaganza/ For some people, a roller rink is just a place to go around a circle, not even very fast, without going anywhere. But to his devotees and to the creators of the DiscOasisa new skate experience in Central Park, it’s transformational, spiritual – time travel on four wheels. On Saturday night, more than a thousand […]]]>

For some people, a roller rink is just a place to go around a circle, not even very fast, without going anywhere. But to his devotees and to the creators of the DiscOasisa new skate experience in Central Park, it’s transformational, spiritual – time travel on four wheels.

On Saturday night, more than a thousand skaters packed the Wollman Rink, strapped on their quads and launched into sparkling nostalgia. Floodlights shone on the surrounding trees, as a concert-level light show bathed the space in cyan, fuschia and gold. “Good Times,” that 1970s party staple, blared from DJ Funkmaster Flex’s booth as the crowd – some wavering, some more expert – parted for the pros: a roller-dancer in flared jeans fell in half, while another tipped its wheels, rolling into a handstand. For 10 minutes, it was all hot pants and stunts, and then the regular New Yorkers — many with not far off style — returned.

Hovering over that opening night like a glittery demigod was Nile Rodgers, the chic guitarist, funk-disco eminence and lifelong skateboarder. He arranged the music for the DiscOasis and, with voice-over introductions, provides his cultural line from 1970s and 80s New York, when he frequented the city’s now-closed ice rinks, once legendary with Diana Ross and Expensive. Kevin Bacon and Robert Downey Jr too. (The ’80s were crazy.) With some skill on the wheels, “You feel like you have special human powers,” Rodgers said in a recent video interview. “You feel you can fly.”

Roller skating is enjoying a new surge in popularity, but the DiscOasis stands out from the crowd other ice rinks and pop-up events (Rockefeller Center is temporarily accommodate riders too) by its production value, its theatricality and its pedigree. There are thriving disco balls up to eight feet in diameter and a tiered stage, created by Tony Award-nominated set designer David Korins, who has done “Hamilton” and shows for Lady Gaga. The cast of 13 includes New York roller disco legends, like the long-limbed skater known as Cotto, a staple of the city ​​parks for more than four decadeswhose signature leg twists and pivots have influenced dozens of skaters.

“We call it jam skating,” he said. DiscOasis brought him out of retirement – ​​he had both hips replaced – for choreographed shows, five nights a week.

The energy is ecstatic and contagious. “Being on wheels is heaven for me,” said Robin Mayers Anselm, 59, who grew up going to Empire Skate, Brooklyn’s famed emporium. “I feel more connected to myself and my spirit when I skate.”

That’s true even for first-timers, like Robin L. Dimension, an actress wearing an ornate jumpsuit and chunky “Queen” necklace with her psychedelic-patterned skates. “I have a really nice outfit,” she said, “so I look good coming down.”

Billed as “an immersive musical and theatrical experience,” the DiscOasis debuted outside Los Angeles last year, the pandemic brainchild of an events company run by a CAA agent. But its original home has always been New York, and it will be open daily through October.

“For us, DiscOasis is a movement, it’s a vibe – we want as many people as possible to experience it,” said Thao Nguyen, its executive producer and general manager of Constellation Immersive, its parent company, which has partnered with Live Nation. and Los Angeles Media Fund to stage the series.

For the New York skate community, it’s first and foremost good ground. “You know, we’re not impressed with the illusion props,” said Tone Rapp Fleming, a New York native and skater for 50 years, who came in for a preview Thursday. It’s mainly because die-hard skaters like him and his friend Lynná Davis, vice-president of the Central Park Dance Skaters Association, would skate on the lid of a trash can, as she said. But they praised the rink’s new slippery surface, painted in primary shades of blue, yellow and red.

The creators of DiscOasis knew that if they won the old school skate team, the world would follow; Davis, a timeless wonder with rainbow-speckled braids and custom, fringed wheels, helped with the casting. “Have your own way, children! she cheered on the young dancers, as they wheeled through their routine, to a soundtrack that shifted from Queen to “Rapper’s Delight”.

Rodgers created the playlists for the performances, which run throughout the night, interspersed with live DJs (daytime is for more relaxed skating). A lifelong New Yorker, Rodgers invented his skateboarding style at the age of 12 or 13 during a brief stay in Los Angeles, when he tore through the city with other kids, performing little routines . “I had this way of skating with wonky legs,” he said. He still does, “even though I’m going to be 70. And that sounds cool.”

His team was already standing out back then: “We used to skate to jazz,” he said, recalling their grooves on guitarist Wes Montgomery’s 1965 classic. “Bumping into the sunset.

Fast forward 30 years, and Rodgers had largely hung up his skates. But he was so energized by his association with the DiscOasis, who approached him for the Los Angeles event, that he rekindled his devotion. Now touring Europe, he’s creating mini-bars everywhere he goes, one hotel ballroom at a time.

“They lift the rugs for me and create a big dance floor,” he said. “I can skate in a small square. There’s nobody in there, because I’m skating at such weird times — 4 or 5 in the morning. (He doesn’t sleep much. As befits a disco-era fashion legend, he also has custom skates – orange, green, iridescent – that stuck in customs en route to Europe. Her favorites are a classic pair of black Riedells.)

Even for someone familiar with skate culture, the Los Angeles version of the DiscOasis offered some lessons. Most skaters only stay on the rink for about 45 minutes, Rodgers said. The space around Wollman has a non-skate dance floor and a few Instagram-ready installations inspired by his music. The giant half-disco ball filled with oversized wedding bouquets, pearls and crooked mannequin legs, for example, is meant to symbolize Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” which he produced.

For production designer Korins, the space is a throwback to Studio 54, but fresher. “We’re leaning into this idea of ​​an oasis — if you’re thinking mirror balls and foliage coming together to have a child, that’s what we’re doing,” he said. (Think palm trees and scruffy cacti.) And the Central Park location, with the Manhattan skyline soaring above, brings its own magic. “It takes all the best in roller skating and disco and it literally tears the roof off,” he said.

Like other skateboarding regulars, Korins has a theory on why it’s still addictive. “It’s really hard to find a kinetic yet dynamic life experience,” he said. You can adjust your solo style and also get the fellowship of an “organism that moves together”.

Shernita Anderson, the choreographer, has seen this in action. For the solos, the cast was on their own. “We were like, ‘Go ahead, live your best life!'” she said. “And that’s what they did.”

Pirouetting and kicking through the act was Keegan James Robataille, 20, a musical theater-trained dancer who only started skating two years ago as a pandemic outlet. A swing in the company, it is his first professional concert under contract. He grew up near an ice rink in Amsterdam, NY “I remember going there all through college and being like, ‘Wow, I wish I could skate backwards and do this cool stuff,'” he said. “And here I am performing in New York, doing what I would have dreamed of doing.”

A closing number — set to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” naturally — came and he flew off for his cue. It had the skaters in capes dotted with LEDs, like luminescent butterflies.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in New York,” said 24-year-old native Samantha O’Grady. The rinks she started learning about closed “when I was a preteen,” she said, but the retro vibe of the DiscOasis gave her a shimmer of how the scene looked before her time. “I sent a photo to my mother; she was so jealous.

New visitors were already planning to become regulars, like Robbin Ziering, whose marriage was on wheels. “We love to work, we love to dance, we love music – but we live to skate,” she said. “And that’s what it’s all about.”

Kalia Richardson contributed reporting.

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Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston wins street skateboarding competition at CPH Open 2022 https://speedskating.org/monster-energys-nyjah-huston-wins-street-skateboarding-competition-at-cph-open-2022/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 05:08:07 +0000 https://speedskating.org/monster-energys-nyjah-huston-wins-street-skateboarding-competition-at-cph-open-2022/ Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston wins street skateboarding competition at CPH Open 2022 COPENHAGEN, Denmark (PRWEB) June 20, 2022 Europe’s most legendary skate contest is back! Monster Energy Congratulates Team Driver Nyjah Huston winning first place in the street skateboarding competition at the 2022 CPH Open in Copenhagen, Denmark this weekend. In the official competition […]]]>

Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston wins street skateboarding competition at CPH Open 2022

Europe’s most legendary skate contest is back! Monster Energy Congratulates Team Driver Nyjah Huston winning first place in the street skateboarding competition at the 2022 CPH Open in Copenhagen, Denmark this weekend. In the official competition inside the Royal Copenhagen Skatepark, the 27-year-old from Laguna Beach, California took first place among the A-list pros.

From June 16 to 19, the popular skateboarding event attracted hundreds of professional skateboarders from around the world to the Danish capital. In a festival atmosphere, CPH Open showcased top-notch skateboarding in cash-for-tricks competitions all over the city. Massive crowds witnessed some of the best skateboarding on the planet, complemented by concerts and art exhibits with a wild energy that is unique to CPH Open.

Launched in 2007, the CPH Open ranks among the most legendary and authentic skateboarding events, alongside Tampa Pro in the United States. A true ‘skateboard contest’, the event celebrates creativity and the art of living at the heart of skateboarding, alongside the art and culture of movement. After a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, the CPH Open came back stronger than ever in 2021 and all the stars were out for its 2022 edition.

The official street competition inside the Copenhagen Skatepark featured a roster of top pros from around the world. The wooden technical street course provided plenty of opportunities to show off your creativity and technique.

Creative and technical happen to be Huston’s business card! In his last run, the American street skater pulled off technical tricks such as nollie heelflip varial, switch frontside kickflip and Caballerial kickflip the kicker, nollie frontside heelflip lipslide, switch heelflip and switch frontside heelflip the gap to flat, huge frontside bigspin fakie the hip , half Cab twisted revert, half Cab kickflip noseslide, and switch heelflip frontside 5-0 the Hubba for the win.

At the Best Trick event presented by Independent Trucks on a rail-in-bank obstacle, Huston also ended the contest and scored a few hundred dollars by landing a noseblunt rear slide, a nollie heel rear lip slide, a Smith grind back kickflip and a huge frontside flip into the bank.

What else happened during the CPH Open 2022? Tons of skateboarding and hijinks! Here are some of the Monster Energy team’s actions from Copenhagen:

For the official opening event, skaters tackled a series of street obstacles on The Red Plaza. The crowd witnessed tricks such as the return of Huston’s half-cabin crooks and the backside nosegrind to 180 heelflip on the ledge of the shoebox, as well as the fakie kickflip in the quarter pipe and the twisted kickflip by- above the hip. French team rider Aurelien Giraud de Lyon landed a hardflip return on the hip. Crowd favorite and former CPH Pro MVP Ishod Waire posted a perfect kickflip and a nollie heelflip from the bridge into the quarter pipe.

On day two of the 2022 CPH Open, crowds headed to the city’s concrete pool for the Rune’s Bowl event. Brought to you by Team Monster Energy rider and skateboarding icon Glifberg Rune, the event included a Best Trick on Rail and Bowl session in a relaxed outdoor atmosphere. Danish green skating legend Nicky Guerrero graced the contest with iconic inverts and Madonnas in flowing style. Japanese rider and new pro Granny Tezuka drop eggplant in the deep end, quick five-o tailslide and frontside tunes. Next rookie Liam Pace has turned a twisted fakie into a cabin disaster along with a huge nose and body pot Indy 540. Aussie rookie Kieran Woolley had the crowd on their feet with rare tricks like a frontside Indy reverse varial reverse kickflip, a frontside 5-0 to fakie and a massive frontside air above the hip. When the dust settled, Woolley was declared the winner of the event.

Later in the day, the action moved to the outskirts of town for the prison court session at the former penitentiary known as Vridsløselille Prison. In the jam-packed prison yard, skaters navigated a wooden street course flanked by construction equipment as obstacles. Monster Energy’s Giraud went big through 360 flip and backside 360 ​​kickflip off the long kicker.

On the final day of the CPH Open 2022, it was time for skaters from 16 countries to shine in the Fælledparken Open Qualifier contest. This made it possible to participate in the professional event at the Royal Copenhagen Skatepark as the official final of the whole festival, which Nyjah Huston closed.

With so much non-stop action, CPH Open once again cemented its reputation as the “Champagne of Skateboarding”. Congratulations to the Copenhagen Open team in Denmark for another historic event!

To learn more about Nyjah Huston, Kieran Woolley, Aurelien Giraud, Ishod Waire, Glifberg Runeand the visit of the Monster Energy Skateboard Team http://www.monsterenergy.com. Follow Monster Energy on Youtube, Facebook, instagram, Twitter and ICT Tac for exclusive updates as the action sports season continues.

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Sheriff’s deputies skate with Marin City youth https://speedskating.org/sheriffs-deputies-skate-with-marin-city-youth/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:58:23 +0000 https://speedskating.org/sheriffs-deputies-skate-with-marin-city-youth/ By Edward Henderson, California Black Media On June 8, community leaders, public health advocates and racial justice groups came together for a virtual press event to urge Governor Gavin Newsom to support the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund ( HERJ Fund). The initiative supports community organizations that address the underlying social, environmental and economic […]]]>

By Edward Henderson, California Black Media

On June 8, community leaders, public health advocates and racial justice groups came together for a virtual press event to urge Governor Gavin Newsom to support the Health Equity and Racial Justice Fund ( HERJ Fund).

The initiative supports community organizations that address the underlying social, environmental and economic factors that limit people’s chances of achieving good health – such as poverty, violence and trauma, environmental risks and the access to affordable housing and healthy food. Health advocates would also address long-standing California issues related to health equity and racial justice issues.

The fund cleared a significant hurdle last week when the state legislature included $75 million in its joint budget proposal. This means that the Assembly and Senate support the HERJ Fund and will enter into negotiations with the Governor to solicit his support in order to approve it.

“Our state has a staggering $97 billion budget surplus,” said Ron Coleman, CEO of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. “If not now when? Given the devastating impact of racism on the health and well-being of Californians of color, it is a travesty of the first order that racial justice is not even mentioned in the budget proposal of the governor,

Last Wednesday’s virtual community meeting and press event capped a series of rallies held by supporters in cities across the state calling on Newsom to make room in his budget for the HERJ Fund.

Coleman hosted the online event featuring representatives from service organizations speaking about their support for the fund and outlining plans for how the money would be used to support their shared mission of providing services to minority communities and underserved in California.

Arboreta Group Partner Jenedra Sykes spoke about the inequities that exist in funding small, grassroots nonprofits and how traditionally larger, white-run nonprofits use public funds to contract with grassroots nonprofit organizations to provide services to communities of color at lower cost.

“Faith-based nonprofits on the ground have the connections, the access to those who are the most vulnerable and marginalized among us who have disproportionately poorer health outcomes,” Sykes said. “This bill also levels the playing field a bit. Instead of going through the larger established nonprofits, the funding will go directly to the people doing the work. The passion, the heart, the skills, the talents are there. It is about the resources to finance these talents.

Coleman updated attendees on the status of the HERJ Fund’s journey toward inclusion in the state budget.

Now that the state Legislature has included the fund in its spending proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year (it was not included in Newsom’s ‘May review’), it must survive negotiations with the office. governor before the June 15 deadline to finalize the budget.

A final budget must be in place by June 30, the last day for governor approval.

Supporters of the HERJ Fund remain hopeful that funding for their program will be included in the final budget.

Updated budget mechanisms have been added to the HERJ Fund proposal to allay those concerns, and supporters of the fund believe Newsom has no more excuses.

“Our best chance of getting the HERJ fund in the budget is now. We hope you all keep up the pressure on the governor to make this a reality,” Coleman said. “If he cares about the intersections of health equity and racial justice, we will see funding.”

Participants were encouraged to reach out to the governor’s office and the legislature to keep up the pressure on them to include the fund. You can visit herjfund.org to learn more about the proposal and efforts to include it in the state budget.

Nadia Kean-Ayub, Executive Director of Rainbow Spaces, shared details about the valuable events and services provided by community nonprofits. She said there is no shortage of families in need who want to participate in their organizations’ programs but, due to limited funding for transportation, many people never access services intended to help them. to help.

“It tells me that when things are created in our communities, they don’t have the impact that we need in our black, brown and IPA communities,” Kean-Ayub said. “I will continue to fight. To really grow this, we need the state to understand that the real impact comes from the community and the people who are experiencing these issues and who know how to help them.

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‘Deeply personal to me’ – Nathan Chen gives exciting update on his winning plans after gold win https://speedskating.org/deeply-personal-to-me-nathan-chen-gives-exciting-update-on-his-winning-plans-after-gold-win/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://speedskating.org/deeply-personal-to-me-nathan-chen-gives-exciting-update-on-his-winning-plans-after-gold-win/ The last Winter Olympics were the most eventful for figure skating star Nathan Chen. The figure skater won the most Olympic medals of his competitive career at this competition. It included a gold medal in the individual category. ADVERTISING The article continues below this ad Although the athlete was hailed as the favorite to claim […]]]>

The last Winter Olympics were the most eventful for figure skating star Nathan Chen. The figure skater won the most Olympic medals of his competitive career at this competition. It included a gold medal in the individual category.

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Although the athlete was hailed as the favorite to claim gold in the individual event at the 2018 Winter Games, he finished fifth. The Olympian is making some changes in his career following his recent win at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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Latest development in Nathan Chen’s life

This includes the publication of his memoirs. The 23-year-old announced the release of his book, “One Leap at a Time: My Story” via an Instagram post.

The post office Lily, “I’ve spent the past few months reflecting on everything – the joys, the pain, the life-changing moments and the challenges – that have brought me to where I am, and I’m so excited to share those thoughts in my upcoming book..” #OneJumpAtATime.”

“This project has been so deeply personal to me and I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to tell my story in this way,” Chen added.

The memoir explores the life of the figure skater as he navigates through the daily struggles he has faced since entering the world of competitive figure skating. Additionally, the book also discusses the financial challenges his family endured due to the expenses associated with the sport.

Although the memories will be Released on November 22, it’s available for pre-order on Amazon. Additionally, Nathan Chen also announced that he has teamed up with his current publisher for a children’s picture book. The book will be released sometime next year.

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What are Chen’s immediate plans for the future?

Chen made a few career decisions after returning from the Beijing Winter Olympics. This will allow the figure skating champion to focus on his studies at Yale University. Previously, the three-time Olympic medalist interrupted his studies in 2020 to prepare for the 2022 Winter Games.

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The athlete is absent from the sport after winning gold in the individual event. Meanwhile, the two-time Olympian hopes to complete his major in statistics and data science. Currently, Chen is preparing for come back to the Yale campus in August to continue her studies.

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Is Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar the Stephen Curry of hockey? https://speedskating.org/is-avalanche-defenseman-cale-makar-the-stephen-curry-of-hockey/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 07:00:10 +0000 https://speedskating.org/is-avalanche-defenseman-cale-makar-the-stephen-curry-of-hockey/ DENVER — The name floats in the ether, now, alongside Cale Makar, put there by Wayne Gretzky. On TNT’s hockey program, Gretzky, arguably the best to ever play the game, compared Makar to Bobby Orr, the transcendent defenseman some said was even better than Gretzky. Patrick Roy said Makar could become the best defender in […]]]>

DENVER — The name floats in the ether, now, alongside Cale Makar, put there by Wayne Gretzky. On TNT’s hockey program, Gretzky, arguably the best to ever play the game, compared Makar to Bobby Orr, the transcendent defenseman some said was even better than Gretzky.

Patrick Roy said Makar could become the best defender in history, suggesting that he might surpass Orr. Others chimed in, praising the brilliant skating, stickhandling and play of Makar, a prodigy from Alberta, Canada, who helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 1- 0 over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals. .

Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito played alongside Orr for nine seasons in Boston and finds it hard to believe anyone could be as good as Orr, the big No. 4, who turned to him only defense into an unprecedented combat weapon. offensive, rushing onto the ice, overtaking defenders as if they were helpless statues.

“Makar is really, really good,” said Esposito, now a radio host for the Lightning Games. “But Bobby was the greatest. I will say this: the kid is close. He dictates the game like Bobby did.

None of this is to say that Makar is still a better player, compared to his era, than Orr, or that he will have a better career than Orr, who won eight Norris Trophies as the best defenseman in the game. league and two Stanley Cups, in what amounted to 10 healthy years.

But Makar excels at skating and stickhandling maneuvers that weren’t even contemplated by Orr and his colleagues in the 1970s, or for many years after.

Orr revolutionized his stance and did blueline spin-o-rama moves that left his jaws hanging. But he never danced and sculpted blue line crescent shaped ice showers. And he didn’t run down the line with the threatening puck on his stick like Makar does. No one did those kinds of tricks when Orr was playing, partly because they lacked modern skates and training methods. As Esposito noted, players in Orr’s day spent their summers working, whereas today’s players skate year-round.

Orr didn’t open his hips, lock his heels together and confuse defenders like some skaters, notably Sidney Crosby, can today. But few do it with as much ease and fun as Makar.

“He’s special, because he’s faster than everyone else,” said Mikhail Sergachev, a shrewd Lightning defenseman. “He knows how much time and space he has, and he uses it to his advantage. You think you have it, but you don’t. He just uses you as bait and as a screen. He is very, very dangerous.

Sergachev played for five seasons and won two Stanley Cups with the Lightning. He is a student of the game and particularly of his own position. When he sees Makar has the puck on the blue line, he and his teammates are ready for almost anything.

With a scary lateral move never seen before, Makar could fake to his left, then to his right, leaving a defender to stumble across the ice as he skates backwards along the blue line looking to pass or shoot the either foot. It’s the kind of move that’s almost more reminiscent of a basketball point guard with a deft dribbling grip than it is of hockey players of the past. Watching Makar is like watching the Stephen Curry of hockey, and it leads to success.

In the playoffs this season, Makar has 5 goals and 17 assists, and his 22 points lead the Avalanche in what could end in the team’s first championship since 2001. The Lightning stand in the way, looking of its third consecutive Stanley Cup championship, with formidable defensemen of their own.

“They are trying to build a dynasty,” Makar said on Tuesday. “We are trying to build a legacy.”

Makar’s legacy is already well under construction. He is a Norris Trophy finalist, along with Victor Hedman of the Lightning and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators, which the Avalanche swept in four games in the first round. (Makar has 3 goals and 7 assists in this streak.) Makar is only 23 and Esposito believes he will win at least three or four Norris Trophies.

In the regular season, he had 28 goals and 86 points and a plus-48 differential, second only among NHL defensemen behind the plus-52 of teammate Devon Toews (who Makar humbly calls the “driving force”) of the Avalanche defense).

But Makar’s game is significant beyond the statistics. He is evolving into one of the most entertaining players to watch, a visionary on the ice with skating skills that rival the best figure skaters and stick-handling abilities that make forwards envious. He encourages the defending wingers to move forward to engage him, then he slides to the side, still with the loaded puck on his stick.

“He never looks at the puck when he’s handling it,” Sergachev said. “That’s the most important thing about him when you watch him on the blue line. He is still holding the puck and watching the net or other players. That’s how he always finds good games.

Makar said he has always enjoyed skating and doing the drills necessary to perfect skating on the edges of his blades to generate speed and deception. But as gifted as he was, having grown up in Alberta as a Calgary Flames fan, Makar took an unusual route to the NHL, opting to attend the University of Massachusetts after being drafted by the Avalanche with the fourth choices, in total, in 2017.

Greg Cronin, coach of the Colorado Eagles, the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, worked as an assistant coach with the Islanders in 2017 and interviewed Makar before the draft. He wondered why Makar wouldn’t go into major junior hockey, like many up-and-coming stars. Makar insisted he had committed to playing two years at UMass before turning professional.

“Of all the interviews I’ve done over the years, this one stood out,” Cronin said. “The honesty and conviction of his response was remarkable, and he delivered.”

Cronin then joined the Avalanche organization, and although he never coached Makar, he was on the ice with him in training camp and said Makar was perhaps the best skater he ever had. he has ever seen.

“I call it controller hockey,” Cronin said. “It’s like someone controlling it from above, moving it up, back and forth, bang, sideways. It’ll take a half step forward to bite you, then it’ll will throw sideways. The defender is done.

UMass has now emerged as a title contender, winning the Frozen Four in 2021, but was not considered in the top tier of college hockey destinations, like Minnesota, Wisconsin or Boston University. Makar made it work.

In a remarkable four-day streak in April 2019, Makar won the Hobey Baker Award for Best Collegiate Player, played (and lost) in the national title game, signed with the Avalanche, then scored. in his NHL debut – against Calgary, no less.

“He helps us recruit every night he plays,” Minutemen coach Greg Carvel said. “It’s his legacy, that maybe the best player in the world played in this program. The kids want to play where Cale did.

Carvel said Makar came to Amherst with his unique skating ability already in place, but noted that Makar was savvy enough to realize he needed more time in college to build his strength and endurance on ice before entering the NHL. , but he was limited in how often he could deploy it.

“I just remember going to the end of the bench saying, ‘Get Cale out more,'” Carvel recalled. “He just couldn’t do it. It was a sign that he was not ready.

Still, Joe Sakic, the Avalanche’s general manager and former star player for the team, called Carvel after Makar’s first year at UMass and told the coach the Avalanche intended to offer Makar a contract to join the team immediately. But Makar stayedknowing he needed to get stronger.

The scariest thing for the rest of the NHL is that Makar continues to improve. Carvel said some of the flashiest moves he pulls off on the blue line weren’t evident in college, and he said Makar’s skating and defensive play – and incredible instantaneous shooting ability – had been developed in the NHL, with more to come.

“I’ve always worked in hockey; I coached in the NHL,” Carvel said. “There are very few people I would pay to watch hockey play. Maybe five people. He is, of course, one of them. It is pure entertainment.

Orr was like that too. Fans couldn’t take their eyes off him as he collected the puck behind his own net, lined up defenders as he picked up speed on the ice, or spun 360 degrees at the blue line and attacked terrified goaltenders .

Bobby was Bobby“said Esposito. “Let this kid have his own career. But he sure is fun to watch.

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Pulaski unveils a long-awaited skate park https://speedskating.org/pulaski-unveils-a-long-awaited-skate-park/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:42:45 +0000 https://speedskating.org/pulaski-unveils-a-long-awaited-skate-park/ By PATRICK FORD patrick@southwesttimes.com After years of cleanup, prep, and fundraising, Pulaski’s new skateboard park and basketball court are open. Mayor Shannon Collins explained that each half of the park is currently named after prominent Pulaski figures, with the basketball court named after Councilman Lane Penn and the skate park named after the late Matthew […]]]>

By PATRICK FORD

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After years of cleanup, prep, and fundraising, Pulaski’s new skateboard park and basketball court are open.

Mayor Shannon Collins explained that each half of the park is currently named after prominent Pulaski figures, with the basketball court named after Councilman Lane Penn and the skate park named after the late Matthew Akers. The facility will eventually have a fixed name, but the names of the basketball court and skate park will change, each being commemorated on a plaque.

Giving the park multiple names was the brainchild of Councilman Jamie Radcliffe.

“I wanted to name the parks after people who have spent their lives working in the town of Pulaski,” Radcliffe said. He predicts that the city will rename the parks every “two or three years.” Radcliffe suggested the first two names.

An Army veteran, Penn was an Army Airborne Ranger and previously worked at the Port Authority of New York before returning to Pulaski.

“Born and raised in Pulaski, Penn has spent much of his adult life serving the public outside of the county,” Collins said. “We are going to dedicate the basketball court in his honor.”

Also born and raised in Pulaski, Akers was a local wrestling and football coach and a graduate of Radford University.

“He forged strong relationships with young athletes in the community and influenced a generation of young Pulaski,” Collins said, noting that Akers tragically passed away in 2013 at the age of 30. “We will dedicate the skate park to his memory.”

According to the city, the main challenge in realizing the park was preparing the location.

The site was the location of Pulaski Foundry in the late 1800s and later became the General Chemical Company until the 1950s. During the 60s and 70s different companies occupied the space until the last building on the land fell into disrepair in 2015.

Following the end use of the property, grant funds were used to remove the contamination and prepare it for recreational use.

“As a result of these discoveries, we applied for and received a grant from the Virginia Brownfields Assistance Fund (VBAF) to clean up this site,” he said. This cleaning required the removal of debris and the top layer of soil. “Thanks to a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields program, cleaning up this site would have cost over $400,000,” Collins said, noting that this does not include equipment installed on the concrete slab.

“This facility was made possible by federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, he explained.

According to Collins, ARPA funds accounted for the design, materials, and installation of equipment in the park. “The skatepark and basketball courts here today took years of work and over half a million dollars in grants,” he said.

“It was one of the first projects when I took office. Skaters came up to me and asked me what you could do,” Collins said, noting that it’s been about 40 years since a new park opened in Pulaski.

While ARPA covered the majority of the cost of the installation, local skateboarders Curtis Cox, Stephen Spence, Mara Saunders, and local skateboard shop owner Jacob Hodge raised funds first. They were the first to get the ball rolling when they addressed the city council in 2015 and started calling for the need for a new skate park.

The old skateboard park was located off Newbern Road in an area that was frequently vandalized. It closed with the opening of a new park.

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Session: Skate Sim – What to expect from the full game https://speedskating.org/session-skate-sim-what-to-expect-from-the-full-game/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 00:15:20 +0000 https://speedskating.org/session-skate-sim-what-to-expect-from-the-full-game/ Usually described as an extreme sport that promotes freedom of expression, skateboarding made its way onto small screens a few decades ago. With continued technological advancements, enthusiasts have had more opportunities to virtually explore the lives of aspiring skateboarders. At Activision Tony Hawk franchise and EA Skate series to be developed independently Skater XL and […]]]>

Usually described as an extreme sport that promotes freedom of expression, skateboarding made its way onto small screens a few decades ago. With continued technological advancements, enthusiasts have had more opportunities to virtually explore the lives of aspiring skateboarders. At Activision Tony Hawk franchise and EA Skate series to be developed independently Skater XL and the release recently OlliOlli World, each title addresses the joys and frustrations surrounding this difficult sport differently. Among the rich library of skateboarding games is also the next game from Crea-ture Studios Session: Skate Siman entry that aims to stand out when it leaves Early Access on September 22nd.


Like many indie games, Session began its journey as an enticing concept idea, appearing on Kickstarter almost five years ago. After being successfully funded within three days of its debut, the developer put its passion for skateboarding into Unreal Engine 4, working diligently to create the most authentic experience in the history of the genre. Although it took three long years for Crea-ture Studios and Nacon to gather user feedback and polish the gameplay, it was worth the wait because Session is slated to release on all major platforms except Nintendo Switch this fall.

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For players accustomed to arcade-style scoring systems and control schemes common in skateboard games, SessionThe gameplay and core mechanics of are likely to surprise. Rather than emphasizing skateboarder performance by piling on elusive numbers, the developer chose to focus on a true 1990s skateboarding lifestyle, which results in a free-spirited approach that captures the essence of the sport in an almost flawless way. With nothing but trial and error to remind players of their progress, the game also breaks new ground with the introduction of never-before-seen True Stance Stick controls.


Instead of steering the board with the left stick and using various button combinations to perform a particular stunt, Session invites players to control the skater’s feet with both sticks while steering with the rear trigger buttons. Since this type of control scheme aims to resemble real-life movements, pulling off and pulling off a trick requires precise coordination, making it harder to master even the most basic techniques. Thanks to a steep learning curve, skateboarding Session feels much more involved than in other titles. Nonetheless, the game leaves plenty of room for experimentation, allowing players to adjust their preferences and eventually revert to legacy controls if they wish.


In keeping with a new approach to onboard manipulation, Crea-ture Studios has incorporated several more customization options. Even with the focus on ultra-realistic physics, fans can expect to see subsections that allow them to fully customize the performance of their skater of choice. Changing friction, wheel bite, thrust rate, overall antennae height, and gravity as the body spins will help players discover what resonates with them the most. Dynamic and interchangeable day and night cycles are another feature that highlights Session in a league of its own, further contributing to the game’s favorable position within the skating simulator community.


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While the current number of professional skaters peaks at nine, the full release of Session will include new additions to the list. Its expansive open-world environment will take players to several iconic locations scattered across New York and Philadelphia, easily accessible via public transportation. If players don’t like lifeless streets, the game settings will allow them to populate certain areas with pedestrians. Along with the inclusion of recognizable brands, customizable avatars, clothing, and decks, built-in editing tools are also available for players to capture their accomplishments on video.

Crea-ture Studios’ ongoing efforts to introduce new and improved content with subsequent updates during Early Access has resulted in a game that isn’t afraid to step out of its comfort zone, both in terms of of history and design. Since SessionThe official release of will likely precede any relevant news or potential leaks surrounding Skate 4it will be interesting to see how its reception affects the direction of future skateboarding games.

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Burning Fire Skates 13 miles northeast of Silver City https://speedskating.org/burning-fire-skates-13-miles-northeast-of-silver-city/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 14:10:59 +0000 https://speedskating.org/burning-fire-skates-13-miles-northeast-of-silver-city/ SILVER CITY, NM (KRQE) – The Skates Fire began burning Friday, June 10, 2022, three miles south of Mimbres. The US Forest Service confirmed the fire Friday evening and estimated its size at 80 acres. Start date: June 10, 2022 Location: Near the Redstone Wilderness Ranger District in the Gila National Forest, 3 miles south […]]]>

SILVER CITY, NM (KRQE) – The Skates Fire began burning Friday, June 10, 2022, three miles south of Mimbres. The US Forest Service confirmed the fire Friday evening and estimated its size at 80 acres.

Start date: June 10, 2022

Location: Near the Redstone Wilderness Ranger District in the Gila National Forest, 3 miles south of the Celebration Forest Service Fire Camp

Containment: 0%

Area: 111 acres

Structures at risk: none

Burnt Structures: None

Evacuations: No

Cause: suspected to be lightning

Total workforce: 140 employees; Multiple engines, a crew of 20, three hotshot crews, eight smokejumpers, two bulldozers and two helicopters.

Vegetation of the area: unknown

Property(ies): public

Officials say resources assigned to the incident include multiple engines, a crew of 20, three hotshot crews, eight smokejumpers, two bulldozers and two helicopters totaling about 140 people. Additional resources have been ordered. The fire burns in steep and rugged terrain, requiring firefighters to walk a mile to reach the fire.

The hiking routes had to be changed due to the fire. Hikers will need to redirect their journey on the Continental Divide Trail at Township 16 S, Range 13 W, Section 13. This is where FS 855 intersects, allowing people to reroute via the road north and west from the 100 Allie Canyon trail to the east.

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Skate World is offering sensory skating this summer https://speedskating.org/skate-world-is-offering-sensory-skating-this-summer/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 04:46:01 +0000 https://speedskating.org/skate-world-is-offering-sensory-skating-this-summer/ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A popular skating rink in Tallahassee turns off the music and flashing lights so everyone can enjoy a sensory skating session. A skating rink in Tallahassee offers local children a day of sensory skating. This is the first time that Skate World is offering sensory skating this summer. Give children the […]]]>

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A popular skating rink in Tallahassee turns off the music and flashing lights so everyone can enjoy a sensory skating session.

A skating rink in Tallahassee offers local children a day of sensory skating.

This is the first time that Skate World is offering sensory skating this summer.

Give children the opportunity to skate without feeling overly stimulated.

Skate World will not have flashing lights, music, or noise from video games.

Nicole Bisping, General Manager of Skate World, says it’s important to provide a place where everyone can come and feel included.

She says when there are fewer distractions, it puts families at ease and she knows firsthand the feeling her granddaughter has autism.

“The easiest way to describe it when I’m with my granddaughter is that you can breathe a little better that you have one less factor that might stimulate your little one too much,” Bisping said.

Having sensory summer activities gives children and families a chance to grow up in a different environment.

Bisping says to look for two days of friendly sensory skating during the summer and she hopes to bring it back during the school year.

On Wednesday, June 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., families can enjoy a day of sensory skating at Skate World.

If you can’t do this session, look for the next one in July.

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Skate Story is a dreamlike skate game coming out next year https://speedskating.org/skate-story-is-a-dreamlike-skate-game-coming-out-next-year/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 23:04:13 +0000 https://speedskating.org/skate-story-is-a-dreamlike-skate-game-coming-out-next-year/ It’s quite an atmosphere Sometimes it’s enough to skate. And sometimes you make a deal with the devil and you really, really just have to skate. skateboarding history is a game about the latter, coming in 2023. Featured at today’s Devolver Digital Summer Showcase, skateboarding history speaks of a pact with the devil. You, as […]]]>

It’s quite an atmosphere

Sometimes it’s enough to skate. And sometimes you make a deal with the devil and you really, really just have to skate. skateboarding history is a game about the latter, coming in 2023.

Featured at today’s Devolver Digital Summer Showcase, skateboarding history speaks of a pact with the devil. You, as a demon made of glass and pain, must skate to the moon and swallow it to earn your freedom. Simple enough, right?

Seeing it in motion, however, is something else entirely. That reminds me Thumper, but with relaxing music and gross kickflips. I probably watched the trailer below at least half a dozen times already.

The camera angle is absolutely stunning too. It’s shown in a way that reminds me of old skate videos. As you journey through the underworld, you’ll also get new bridges, wheels, and trucks, plus a host of tricks to really add style to your cruise.

Skate through it all

Skateboarding games are always interesting to me, but even in the last two years, skateboarding has been reinvented in fascinating ways. The ramp put a minimalist twist on the raw action. And OlliOlli World takes a level-based approach with a story and objectives that really added a lot to the experience.

That’s what excites me skateboarding history in this trailer. It’s a completely different atmosphere, and the more I see it, the more I really stick to it. Developer Sam Eng posted some great technical looks to the rounds in play, and they’re just a joy to watch.

Suffice it to say, I can’t wait to pull off some crazy stuff in the surreal dream world of skateboarding history when it arrives in 2023. That’s on Steam nowif you want to add it to your wish list.

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