Do You Know Your Roller Skating
1. In what century were the first roller skates used?
2. Where is the National Museum of Roller Skating
• After a successful
demonstration at the
1985 Special Olympics
North Carolina Leadership
Conference, the first official
roller skating competition
was held at the 1986 Summer
Games in Charlotte. Today,
state-level roller skating
competition takes place
during Fall Tournament.
• Preliminary races are held on the first day with all final
competition taking place on the second day of the
• Qualifying information is collected the first day to
put the athletes into competitive groupings, called
divisions, for the final race on the next day.
All awards are given as each race concludes on
the last day of competition. Athletes report
directly to an awards area after each event.
What are the race distances?
Race distances vary from 30-meter
slalom (weaving through cones) in the
developmental category to 1000 meters
in the traditional category.
Only athletes are
allowed on the
Everyone is required
to cheer loudly
during the races and
dance in between!
Athletes may compete in one of three categories:
developmental, intermediate, or traditional.
In developmental events, athletes may have a
skate aid (apparatus to help with balance) and
race distances are shorter.
Athletes in intermediate or traditional
categories have longer distance races and are
not allowed additional equipment.
ANSWERS: 1. 18TH; 2. LINCOLN, NEBRASKA; 3. IN-LINE SKATES
3. What is another term for rollerblades?