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Old May 26th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #1
TONY KISSING
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Starting in the fall of 1970 i coached the speed team
at colerain skateland here in cincy, we had our first speed
meet that november over the thanksgiving holiday. It became
a top meet in a few years. Top racers from all over the country
came to our meet.
In 1974 meet while i was announcing the meet i over heard a racer
telling his mom he was in tim small's heat and that tim was a
team all by himself (very true he was that and more).
So i leaned over and told the racer that the reason tim was so
fast was because he was wearing a fast jersey and i'd be selling
them real soon. He ate up that story and before long i had over half the racers wanting to buy a fast jersey. Too bad i never had any to sell. Surely could've made much money.
When the meet was over i called pat bergin in texas and told him about the meet and the fast jersey story.
Pat really enjoyed the story.
About a week later i got a package in the mail fom pat.
In the package was his usa flag design jersey from 1970 the
first year he won senior men. Along with the jersey was a note
it said "at one time this was a fast jersey"!!!
He gave it to me and believe me it was a treasure to me.
I later on donated it to the museum in lincoln, neb.
I gave up a gift so people could see his jersey.
Pat is in a class all by himself. He not only was a many time
national speed champion but also a many time art (free style
skater champion.
I could never thank pat enough.
This is a great true story of our sport and great former
champion!!!!
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Old May 28th, 2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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Awesome! Thanks for this story
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Old May 30th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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Either Harold Wyant gave us slow jerseys or our training was limited by the 24 lap plastic floor at the Dayton Rollerdrome. LOL
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Old May 30th, 2013, 10:48 PM   #4
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Harold wyant was a great roller speed skating.
He had the 5mile record from 1941 until george grudza
broke the record in 1960.
Harold won senior men in 1946 and 1947. After the 1947
nationals there was a international meet held. Harold
won the senior men event and mary lou dauer won the
senior ladies event.
I have been trying for years to get both of these great
former champions into the hall of fame.
Harold trained on that little floor - i would say that back in the 1940's the floor was bare wood and powder was used
when he was training.
I remember you guys coming to meets with real big plastic wheels which was impossible to race on.
I remember one year at our meet he had the medals he won
at that first international meet with him. He was really
proud of those medals.
Wooden wheels and powder was really a tough skate.
You really needed talent.
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Old May 31st, 2013, 05:46 AM   #5
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I could see a kid going for that *funny. Hey maybe you actually invented the Nike Air Jordan commercials on TV and didn't even know it. Anyone remember the 1980's Nike TV ads "Must be the shoes" If you want to jump like mike wear Nike Air Jordans. Just like the Fast Jerseys
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Old May 31st, 2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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The trouble is there is no such thing as a fast jersey,
but for sure there are plenty of air jordons. The real story
is how pat bergin sent me his 1970 jeresy with a note stating

"at one time this was a fast jersey"

believe me it for sure was. There are no roller skaters in
his class now. One that does both art and speed and is a
champion at both.

The young lady from florida (rod??????) who also placed in the olympic long track. Is for sure another top one.
There could be more i don't know. Charles wahlig won both
sr. Dance and speed back in 1957.
Plenty of younger skaters did both and won.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by TONY KISSING View Post
Starting in the fall of 1970 i coached the speed team
at colerain skateland here in cincy, we had our first speed
meet that november over the thanksgiving holiday. It became
a top meet in a few years. Top racers from all over the country
came to our meet.
In 1974 meet while i was announcing the meet i over heard a racer
telling his mom he was in tim small's heat and that tim was a
team all by himself (very true he was that and more).
So i leaned over and told the racer that the reason tim was so
fast was because he was wearing a fast jersey and i'd be selling
them real soon. He ate up that story and before long i had over half the racers wanting to buy a fast jersey. Too bad i never had any to sell. Surely could've made much money.
When the meet was over i called pat bergin in texas and told him about the meet and the fast jersey story.
Pat really enjoyed the story.
About a week later i got a package in the mail fom pat.
In the package was his usa flag design jersey from 1970 the
first year he won senior men. Along with the jersey was a note
it said "at one time this was a fast jersey"!!!
He gave it to me and believe me it was a treasure to me.
I later on donated it to the museum in lincoln, neb.
I gave up a gift so people could see his jersey.
Pat is in a class all by himself. He not only was a many time
national speed champion but also a many time art (free style
skater champion.
I could never thank pat enough.
This is a great true story of our sport and great former
champion!!!!
Excellent post Tony!

Yup Pat and Tim were 2 of the great ones and there were many, many, many more.......

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Old June 8th, 2013, 06:43 PM   #8
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Spiltwoods not many like pat (art & speed)
and timmy winning everything two years in a row.
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