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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Bakersfield CA news story on men returning to Freestyle

Here are two links to the same story:

This is the local news station's website. The video story is in the local news section and titled, "Two Men Hoping for a Roller Skating Comeback".

http://www.kget.com/default.aspx

The Skaters Newsflash club on facebook has this story, too. It looks as though it's recorded off of a television set.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video....75119&comments

The two skaters featured are Leroy Hicks and Alan McNamee, both in their mid-50's. Coach Natalie Dunn Fries talks a little about coaching them.

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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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Here are two links to the same story:

This is the local news station's website. The video story is in the local news section and titled, "Two Men Hoping for a Roller Skating Comeback".

http://www.kget.com/default.aspx

The Skaters Newsflash club on facebook has this story, too. It looks as though it's recorded off of a television set.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video....75119&comments

The two skaters featured are Leroy Hicks and Alan McNamee, both in their mid-50's. Coach Natalie Dunn Fries talks a little about coaching them.

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Old May 13th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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Many of their practices are "televised" on line similar to how the worlds were.

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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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Wow, I gotta give it to them for having the courage to try. Being able to watch the training videos is pretty cool too.
How freaking cool is it that they have Natalie DUNN as their coach right now!!????
I bet that means they will all be at regionals together this year. I am totally going to go and see if I can score some autographs.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:01 PM   #5
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Just awesome! I keep thinking I'm past my prime for freestyle and I"m not yet 30. This just shows that skating stays in our blood forever, and that you are never too old!
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I saw that today. Very cool, indeed.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:34 AM   #7
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I wonder if Natalie would coach me...
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Old May 15th, 2011, 01:03 AM   #8
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Donny one world class man in singles is 31 and the other older one i think is 29 or 30. so your not too old
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Old May 15th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #9
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Default televised skating

Saw the video. Think it's AWESOME and very inspiring! Kudos, too, to Natalie Dunn-Fries for coaching non-World-Class-track skaters (although I think these 2 are skating World Class due to their past status, correct?). As a young adult, I skated for a World-Class coach, and although I am a national figure medalist, she blatantly stated that she didn't like coaching adult skaters. UGH!

I hope that this video inspires many skaters to return to our sport. Clearly these skaters have so much to give back, and I read that their video on KGET's website was garnering more hits than the news story about Osama Bin Laden!

I lived in Bakersfield from 2000-2004. Darnit, too bad that these guys weren't there when I was there!

These guys make me want to create my own skating "vision quest", too...
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Old May 15th, 2011, 06:32 PM   #10
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Wink I think both Leroy and Alan are ???

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Donny one world class man in singles is 31 and the other older one i think is 29 or 30. so your not too old
I think both Leroy and Alan are, considerably older then that.
But I am enjoying their quest..

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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #11
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I think both Leroy and Alan are, considerably older then that.
But I am enjoying their quest..

yes Ray they are 20+ years older then that as are others i seen in the older divisions of singles and some of them pretty good too. but leroy and alan arent going to skate world class i dont think. good luck to them but it seems like its been a tough road so far.
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After watching the video of these professionally trained guys in their 50's; at age 67, and mostly self-taught, I'm very happy with where I am. I think if our rink had an artistic club over the past 20 years I would have learned the skills to beat them. One thing for sure - I'm in much better shape than they.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 02:47 AM   #13
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Cool I haven't asked the specific question to either of them, BUT

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yes Ray they are 20+ years older then that as are others i seen in the older divisions of singles and some of them pretty good too. but leroy and alan arent going to skate world class i dont think. good luck to them but it seems like its been a tough road so far.
I haven't asked the specific question to either of them, BUT I believe that World Class is their goal???

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Old May 18th, 2011, 12:25 PM   #14
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I haven't asked the specific question to either of them, BUT I believe that World Class is their goal???

Ray that is what they said initially but i really cant see it so far. i just hope they dont seriously hurt themselves.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 07:47 PM   #15
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Talking Just got an answer back from Alan!!

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Ray that is what they said initially but i really cant see it so far. i just hope they dont seriously hurt themselves.
Just got an answer back from Alan!! With the injury and surgery Leroy had to his knee, and I'm sure due to the realities of the situation, Alan said they will both be skating Sophomore A and Novice A at the West Coast Regional.. They do want to get to nationals..

The original intent was WC, but reality sometimes requires a bit of time to be realized!!!

I love there attitude, and the interest their quest had generated.. Best of luck to them both!!!
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Just got an answer back from Alan!! With the injury and surgery Leroy had to his knee, and I'm sure due to the realities of the situation, Alan said they will both be skating Sophomore A and Novice A at the West Coast Regional.. They do want to get to nationals..

The original intent was WC, but reality sometimes requires a bit of time to be realized!!!

I love there attitude, and the interest their quest had generated.. Best of luck to them both!!!
thanks for the info Ray, kind of like i thought, at least they are smart enough to know not to over push it. reality and age make a huge difference, singles is really a young mans sport. not that you cant do it but 2 axles and triples are tougher after the age of 40 or 50. although i know some 40 year olds that can still do triples, but they never really stopped skating fully.

i wish them well also.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 01:39 PM   #17
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thanks for the info Ray, kind of like i thought, at least they are smart enough to know not to over push it. reality and age make a huge difference, singles is really a young mans sport. not that you cant do it but 2 axles and triples are tougher after the age of 40 or 50. although i know some 40 year olds that can still do triples, but they never really stopped skating fully.

i wish them well also.
Say it's not so, Double Axels, and Triples are only for the younger set??? And I was so looking forward to unleashing a Triple Toe, flat backed of course, one day soon... So you are trying to tell me that 70 is too old for free style!!!

Come on Rick, say it ain't so!!!

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One of the most frustrating aspects of this sport is how humbling it is.

Here I was, all up in my own deal, figuring maybe six months or so and I'd be juuuuuuuuust about ready to get myself back to skating comp and giving these dames a run for their money. I saw me coming back to dance, relatively slowly, maybe working on my silvers again. I saw a lot of things.

Then I put on skates and rolled around. And hello reality.

But these Bakersfield guys, they're not alone. There's you, me, a number of people here that write about their struggles and limitations and it doesn't matter. we're pushing like mad. It's good to see it. I'm with those guys. I think I know where they are. I'm gonna guess they're falling a lot. I don't envy that. But I love the struggle. It's a frustrating struggle, to hit the age wall. I hope they push past it. I'm trying like crazy myself.
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Ray i have to say 70 is so lol,,,,,,,,so is my age 62. lets face it, its hard to go back and accomplish what you once could do when you havent done it for so long. i am not trying to put anybody down here, just facing reality and the truth.
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Ray i have to say 70 is so lol,,,,,,,,so is my age 62. lets face it, its hard to go back and accomplish what you once could do when you havent done it for so long. i am not trying to put anybody down here, just facing reality and the truth.
I totally understand... When I first laced up my Snyders again, in September 2008.. I was really expecting and quick get back to my old abilities, and be back doing Gold Medal Dances with ease!!! NOT

It's heading on to two and a half years back, sore knees, time off to heal them, blood clots, and the realities of trying to get back on form at 70 now, have really hit home..

And today I'm heading back to the rink after about two months off for the problem with my Left Knee, and I a bit worried about how this session will go????

Today will just be a roll around day, and hopefully no issues!!!

Wish me luck!!!

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