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Rollerblades: A Post-Mortem

The rise and fall (mostly fall) of the ubiquitous rollerblade

(Newser) - Flash back to the year 2000, a time of Discmans, Spandex, and ... rollerblades. Believe it or not, a whopping 22 million Americans wore rollerblades at least once during that year, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. But by 2010, the number of rollerblades wearers plummeted 64%, a nosedive second... More »

How Roller-Skating Convinced Me Not to Hate the Gym

Unable to enjoy herself at the rink, the author decides to get in shape

(Newser) - Kim Brittingham hates the gym—so why is she finding herself back at one of those “mind-numbingly boring” places, trying to get in shape? It all started when she remembered how much she, as a teenager, loved roller-skating. At those “underage nightclubs” called roller rinks, she “was... More »

For What It Is, Whip It Works

Barrymore is a revelation—as a director

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore's Whip It isn't a revelation, but fans of the aspirational sports comedy/drama probably won't do better this season, critics forecast:
  • The film is "hard to mock and easy to like." Though it won't "change the way you think about movies, roller derby or the relations
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Gas-Powered Roller Skates Skid in Britain

Safety officials seize illegal 20 MPH "gas shoes" from China

(Newser) - British officials seized 50 pairs of motorized roller skates that can hit 20 mph in just 20 seconds. The Brits say the Chinese "gasoline skating shoes," which are controlled by a hand-held throttle, reach dangerous clips and expose young speedsters to falls and sudden stops that pitch them... More »

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