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US Speedskating And USA Roller Sports Join Forces

Sept. 04, 2018, 7:14 p.m. (ET)

In a noteworthy collaboration, US Speedskating and USA Roller Sports will hold two Crossover Camps to bring athletes and coaches together to promote the long-term success in both sports.

Crossover Camps will expose ice athletes to inline training/racing and inline skaters to ice training/racing. The inline-to-ice camp will be held at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, Oct. 19-21, 2018, and the ice-to-inline camp will be held at the US Olympic Training Center Velodrome in Colorado Springs, April 4-7, 2019.

“The success of inline speed skaters on the ice is undeniable,” says Chris Needham, US Speedskating Talent ID and Development. “They are doing something right developmentally. Capturing the opportunity to have our athletes and coaches learn from them is a critical factor to our success.”

US Speedskating and USA Roller Sports have successful histories in the world of speed skating. The long-term collaboration of the two national governing bodies is critical to continued success in the sport. Bringing these two entities together to share knowledge and opportunities for their athletes, coaches and staff will strengthen speed skating in the United States, across all disciplines on the ice and road.

“It has been an honor to develop so many champions side-by-side with US Speed Skating coaches over the years,” says Kelly Springer, USARS Speed Committee Co-Chair, Team USA Inline Speed Skating Coach 2018. “We all share the same heartwarming feelings as we enter a new era of cooperation we have shared since the late ‘90s.”

These camps are made possible thanks to the cooperation between USARS, US Speedskating, and the United States Olympic Committee.

“Creating more opportunities for speed skating in this country will ultimately lead to greater success for both of our NGB’s far into the future,” says Ted Morris, US Speedskating Executive Director.

“Ice and inline may look alike to the average spectator, but developmentally, they are completely different,” says Eric Steele, USARS Executive Director. “It’s those differences that, when harnessed together properly, produce successful results on the track for both sports. These camps provide the unique opportunity our NGBs need moving forward!”