|San Diego Skate Competition
San Diego, CA - May 15, 1999
Each participant started off with individual 200 and 2000m time trials.
They were ranked and sorted into heats for the races accordingly. Points
were scored for finishing high in (1) the 1000m sprint race, (2) a
longer fixed-distance race, and (3) the last wo/man out competition.
Plaques were awarded to the top finishers in each category based on the
total points from the 3 events.
World-class Team FILA/Verducci skaters Shaun Pattison, Joey Flesher,
and Julie Glass swept the Pro/Elite events. They took the top 3 places
in every event and in overall points. Their power and strategies outdid
Joe Prescott (SDSE), Marc Steiner (SDSE), Richard Nett, Neal Lucey (BSI),
Power and strategy also led Wendy Holbert (SDSE) to finish first in
the fixed-distance and last wo/man out races with the women and
advanced men categories combined. Roger Olsen (Long Beach Bladers)
should probably begin registering pro based off of his performance
Saturday, edging out SDSE's Bob Minami.
Sandra de Bruyn and Leondra Baker also competed for SDSE. Unfortunately,
Sandra lost her balance rounding a turn and fell, tearing a few
ligaments in her shoulder. She will be taking a couple months off
skating to recover.
Thanks for those who came out to race and spectate, especially those
who travelled from Los Angeles and Phoenix. We should thank the SCVA
for providing an excellent new venue for our sport. SDSE will work with
the SCVA to produce more skate races at the San Diego Velodrome in the
KFMB Channel 8 (CBS) was on-site to cover the event. They broadcasted
a short segment on their evening news that night. Look for full results
to be posted to the SDSE home page soon.