ProNSC Season 4 Event 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Federal Way, WA) National Speedskating Circuit (NSC), the North American league of professional inline speed skaters, announced the kick-off of its fourth season, which begins on Wednesday night, January 3rd 2013.
"Going into the fourth season of NSC, the competition has yet again attained a higher level of athletic achievement," said Miguel Jose, league CEO and co-founder. "Every season, the records are shattered, the legends are made, and the speeds get faster and faster. Coming out of pre-season qualifying trials, we can see another record smashing year ahead.”
The league line-up this year is a stacked deck of the sport's greatest talent, along with up and comers looking to make their mark and establish their brand in the world of inline greatness.
"NSC trials went really well this year," Jose reported. By all accounts from those that were there, this is by far the best line up NSC has ever had going into a season. "The new recruits are incredibly strong. We're bringing guys that are dropping times that are blindingly fast. Zach Ferreira, Zach Polston, Caleb Wakefield, Mo Hall, and Isaiah Oliver. This is raw talent, coming directly out of the USARS ranks. People who know these skaters know they deserve their spots in the NSC. They lit up the floor in trials, so we can’t wait to see what they do in the regular season."
Fans are anticipating the return of season three Grand Champion Michael Cheek, as well as crowd favorite Jeremy Anderson and break-out star Wesley Gandy. Another returning face is Justin Stelly, just off a medal-winning turn at the 2012 World Championships in Italy. And for those who’ve been following the league since its inception, you’ll see the return of season one bad boy and former US inline world team skater Chad Horne. But all of this fanfare doesn’t take anything away from the rest of the roster, with each man as likely as the next to be Grand Champion. Athletes like Sean O' Brien, Sean Cramer, Eben Jackson, Mike Ratliff, Colin Wakefield, Ryan Weiderhold, Clint Canington, Christiaan Johnson, Walter Langley, Jordan Hafenscher and Teague Knapton. Fans can count on the return of perennial favorite Jake Powers, fierce fighter and many-time front runner Jarrett Paul, Dr. BJ Steketee, youngster Zach Sagiao, Brandon Hall, super-fast Donavon Sellers, and master of the 360 degree turn-n-burn, Stephen S Dot Carter. And with special international guest Juan Araldi, fans can expect the unexpected. "As Ross (Creveling) would say, there'll be a whole lotta bumpin' and bangin' goin' on," Jose said with a wink and a nudge.
For the athletes, the stakes have increased this season, with close to $6,000 up for grabs with each event. Jose said, "This season, the Grand Champion is going home with $1,000 cash and the co-main event flying 100m champ is going to pocket $700 bucks." Miguel asked, "It's possible for the top guy to pocket over $2000 for a single event? Not saying these guys skate for money but it sure is nice to do your passion and get paid."
Fans watching the free live-feed at www.pronsc.com can also look forward to color commentary from “Robsk8”, a man who, according to league co-founder, 28 time inline world champion and current US Speedskating World Cup team member Joey Mantia "...is someone who's evolved to such an order of magnitude, he's achieved mono-name status. He's a legend in his own mind. But all kidding aside, Rob (Campbell) brings personality and a high level of knowledge that's really going to enhance the viewer’s experience and understanding of the more technical aspects of the racing action."
This season promises all of the action fans have come to expect from NSC and then some. The league has been working with collaborators and media partners to create a more enhanced experience, with many details still under wraps at press time. Suffice to say that fans will be brought further into the fold with NSC than they ever have before.
As Jose wrapped up, he added, "We've got a lot we're cooking up, right to the very last minute. Content, product, interactivity and other things we can't wait to show the world!" He finished by saying, "We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! Be safe and be sure to tune to the live broadcast to see it all first-hand next Wednesday night!"
The action starts on January 3rd at 6:45 pm PST at Pattison’s West Skate Center in Federal Way, WA and for free live on the Internet at www.pronsc.com. Tune in early to see the pregame show that will air at 6:15pm