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By Pamela Storm
And the flag goes down.
In-line skaters take turns racing down a
straight, 300-meter stretch to the finish line.
About 20 skaters ages 14 to 52 faced off
Saturday morning at Star City Shores on 27th
Street, and Highway 2 to participate in the Per
sonal Best Benchmark Skate.
Timers tried to use a radar gun to clock the
skaters' speed in miles per hour, but traffic from
Hwy. 2 interfered with the signal.
Sarah Giraud, a participant in Saturday’s
event, practiced in-line skating seven hours a
day for four days. An avid skater, the freshman
at Lincoln Southeast High School trained at an
oval, raised track in Colorado Springs, Colo.,
She said she worked on her starts, lunges,
finishes and techniques. Giraud’s personal best
time on a banktrack is 32.25 seconds. Saturday,
her straight track time was 31.7 seconds, which
was hindered by an ankle injury.
Saturday’s race was the first organized tim
ing event sponsored by Lincoln Parks & Recre
ation, Play-It-Again Sports and Linc-In-Liners,
a local in-line skating club.
Linc-In-Liners has been together less than
two years. The 25-member group started as a
spin off of the Comhusker State Games compe
tition two years ago, said Don James, member
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TOM WINTER SKATES a 300 m. spring Saturday morning during a Linc-In-Liners’ gathering at Star City Shores. Winter is a
UNL associate professor in the classics department
On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, skat
ers gather at a park and skate on one of the trails.
The group also hasparticipated in ice-skating les
Skaters must have the right equipment to
participate. James said a quality pair of starter
skates can cost under $100. Beginners should
start on a flat surface without obstacles — and
find the softest place to fall, he said.
Tom Winter, an associate professor of clas
sics and secretary of Linc-ln-Liners, stressed
safety. ' '
He said skaters needed seven items to pro
tect themselves: two knee pads, two elbow pads,
two wrist guards and a helmet.
Winters, 52, started ice-skating on frozen
lakes in Michigan. He took up rollerskating in
Nebraska, and started in-line skating about six
“It’s very liberating,” he said. “I always hate
to put shoes on.”
He says he rollerskates to work almost ev
ery day at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“I have wiped out more times than-1 can tell,”
he said, laughing. “Skating the trails is a good
bit safer than commuting because in commut
ing you have to deal with just about everything
—curbs, good and bad sidewalks and intersec
Winter said the event was noncompetitive.
Every skater receives a certificate, he said, so
“It’s just the individual, his skates and the
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