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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: 106

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
  1. 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 roller skating competitions are ticketed.


"Fans in the Stands" groups can visit the roller skating competitions.

There is an action scene of a roller skating competition. In total, there are four athletes visible in fast pace.
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The photo shows two athletes competing at the Roller Skating events during the National Games.
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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.