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17-25 June 2023

Roller Skating

Know your facts:

  • Roller skating has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1987
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 125

Roller Skating is a fitness sport suitable for both children and adults. The main focus is on speed.

We have eight disciplines which are divided into two categories:

  1. Category 1:
    - 30m straight
    - 30m slalom
  2. Category 2:
    - 100m race
    - 300m race
    - 500m race
    - 1000m race
    - 2x100m relay
    - 2x200m relay

By the way:

When first presenting his latest invention, the inventor of roller skates, John Joseph Merlin, made a memorable appearance at a grand masquerade ball in the late eighteenth century. Unfortunately, he hadn't quite gotten the hang of skating yet, and he crashed into the floor-length mirrors that lined the ballroom.

The photo shows an athlete in action during a roller skating competition. She is starting for team Germany.
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The photo shows two athletes roller skating at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
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Two female Roller Skaters are on the track, smiling and holding each other.
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The photo shows a group hug of the German roller skating team.
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A photo of two athletes competing in Roller Skating.
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Roller Skating takes place at Eissporthalle on the grounds of Olympiapark.