ROLLERBLADES

Probably my only form of physical acitivity besides walking to the mailbox.

In-line skates (often called Rollerblades after the popular trade name) are a type of roller skates. Unlike quad skates which have two front and two rear wheels, inline skates have two, three, four, or five wheels arranged in a single line. Some in-line skates, especially those for recreation have a ‘stop’ or ‘brake’ which is used to slow down while skating.

The modern style of  blades was developed as a substitute for ice skates, for use by a Russian athlete training on solid ground for Olympic long track speed skating events.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rollerblade Inc. a company founded by Scott and Brennan Olson in Minneapolis, Minnesota widely promoted in-line skating. They were so successful that their trademarked name Rollerblade became synonymous with inline skates.

They came in the most fluorescent and hideous colours but at least you were visible to passing cars.

Once I got my bearings and learnt the basics of the in-line craze I started practicing donuts in the drive way and after I mastered that it was attempting to skate backwards.

Let’s just say thanks Dad for getting me that geeky helmet and those knee, arm and wrist pads came in quite handy!

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