Start saving for that ticket to Barcelona

Barcelona announced as the host of first-ever World Roller Games in 2017

Start saving for that ticket to Barcelona. In 2017, they’re going to host the first-ever World Roller Games. according to this article.

And, apparently, there is an International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS).

This is amazing.

FIRS has ten roller disciples, one of which is roller derby. The others are:

  • Speed skating
  • Artistic (jam) skating
  • Rink hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • Inline downhill
  • Skateboarding*
  • Inline freestyle
  • Inline alpine

But we all know roller derby is the best one, right? 😉

This is actually a really cool thing that exists, and it gives you ideas for ways to cross-train that still involve skating. (Maybe not inline downhill. That sounds terrifying.) We do something like inline freestyle when we hang out at the skate park (Chicks in Bowls, anyone?), which has been wicked fun, even if a different kind of risky than derby. And I know of a guy who does a speed skating clinic down in Massachusetts that a number of Boston area skaters go to.

Anyone else out there do any of these? I’d love to hear from you as I’m super curious about the rest of these roller sports!

*I’ve actually toyed with the idea of picking up skateboarding, and this article from XO Jane makes me feel like I’m never too old and never too female to pick up the sport. Maybe I’ll do that this summer?

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