Inline skater hopes to roll from Roseville to Rome

June 15, 2012, 6:22 p.m. (ET)

Alyssa Martinez covets a spot with Team USA

By Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor

Alyssa Martinez had Rollerking to herself on a recent weekday afternoon, and she was gliding effortlessly — and fast — around the rink.

As quick as she was and with her fluid crossover strokes and arm swings in motion, the volume was on mute. Martinez, an inline skater, quietly made lap after lap after lap.

Her passion for the sport, and her goals, however, are loud and clear.

“I want to be in the Olympics,” she says. “After I make the world team a couple times, I want to go over to ice.”

Martinez, 17, is taking the route other speed skaters have chosen in their quest for Olympic glory, starting with inline skating before converting to ice.

She’ll compete in the USA Roller Sports Indoor Championships from July 14-21 in Lincoln, Neb. Her shot at making Team USA begins with the Banked Track and Road Championships from Aug. 1-10 in Colorado Springs. Martinez hopes to qualify for the World Championships from Sept. 9-15 in Rome.

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