There are many competitive sports that you hear about all the time. Roller Skiing is one that you may not know. This sport is commensurate to cross country skiing without the snow. Roller Skis are made to give the look of regular skis with an elongated pair of inline skates that have wheels placed on the front and end.
The first roller skis were built in Europe in the 1930’s. By the 1950’s athletes participating in cross country skiing began trying to find a way to train during the warm months. Many experimental skis on wheels were made over the next 20 years. By 1970, a roller ski standard was made with one wheel in front and two wheels in the back. The frame was around 70 to 100 centimeters long.
The sport was originally played as an alternate summer training which quickly grew into a competitive sport. Roller Skiing has many championships played throughout the world. As competing begin, Guistino Del Vecchio set a record by doing 240.5 km in 24hours. Roller skis begin changing as they went from three wheels to two. This made them lighter and easier to use. Poalo Miorin invented the Skirillo and is said to be the inventor of the two wheel roller skis.
1985 marked the First European Roller Ski Championship held in the Netherlands. Congress incorporated the sport in 1992. They were a part of the World Games in Hague and the World Cup races in 1993. They’re competition was officially called the FIS World Championships in 1998, in Prague.
Some of the races included; relays, 200 meter sprints, uphill races, and individual and pursuit races. The top speed on the flat track was up to 30 mph with the average speed being about 20 mph. The rollers compete classic and free style closely resembling cross country skiing.
Rollerski Champion 2002 Alfio di Gregorio
The races are heavily dominated by a few international skiers, for instance, Alfio di Gregorio has won the World Games three times and won the World Cup races four times. Igor Glushkov has won the the World Cup three times. One cross-over to the sport from Cross Country Skiing has been victorious in the Roller Skiing Sport; Vincent Vittoz who won the World Championship in 2002. The most famous female roller was Mateja Bogatec from Italy.
Roller skiing is most popular in Europe which is where the biggest championships take place. If you have never heard of this sport, maybe you should look into it. Skis without snow was a novel idea for training cross country skiers in the off-season and blossomed into a sport. Now that’s sports innovation.