Here in Florida, it is rare to have athletes in the Winter Olympics and we will be cheering extra hard for our fabulous 5 Olympians in this 2018 Winter Games who qualified this year. Go Floridians.
Inline Speed Skating is a pretty popular sport here in Florida. And now, this year, we have 4 Speed Skating athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics Games. And 3 of them are from Ocala Florida where there is no ice rink! So how do they train? These athletes spend a large portion of their training on wheels at the local roller rink and outdoor track. Since inline skating mirrors speedskating on ice in many ways, much of the techniques and training is the same.
Brittany Bowe, 29, of Ocala - Long track speedskating
Joey Mantia, 32, of Ocala - speed skater who was a world record holder in inline speed skating
Erin Jackson, 25, of Ocala - speed skater who is a former World Champion in inline speed skating. Erin is also the first black woman to ever make the U.S. long track U.S. Olympics speedskating team.
Mia Manganello, 28, of Crestview - Long track speedskating
Brandon Maxwell, 26, of Winter Park - ice hockey goaltender