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Jerry and Marlene Bruland-6O YEARS OF SKATING AND COACHING IN THE NORTHWEST

Roller Skating Families:
Jerry and Marlene Bruland-6O YEARS OF SKATING AND COACHING IN THE NORTHWEST

Jerry And Marlene Get Their Start:
Jerry Bruland started skating in 1943, at age 9, when is father opened his first roller skating rink, The Victory Roller Rink in Anacortes Washington. By 1945 Jerry had progressed to competing, and made his competitive debut at the Washington State Meet that year. At 11 years old, Jerry and his family moved to Tampa, FL, where Jerry's father was the rink operator of The Coliseum Roller Rink. In 1946 the Bruland family moved back to Washington where his father began operating the roller skating rink in Ferndale.
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Meet Kylee Berger

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Meet Kylee Berger

An Exercise in Discipline Meet Kylee Berger 24 Years Old BS Molecular & Developmental Biology University of Washington 2014 **Applied for Nursing School** Like every competitive skater, Kylee Berger has taken her share of falls. When she falls down, she gets right back up and tries again. She has had her share of disappointments as well. There has been no easy road for her to that World podium that she has been striving for. Kylee is a hard worker and has an I incredible work ethic that is admired by her coach and the entire club.

 

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A rink for all seasons, generations: For 40 years, Auburn's Skate Connection has rolled along behind Gustafson,

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A rink for all seasons, generations: For 40 years, Auburn's Skate Connection has rolled along behind Gustafson,

If the walls of Auburn's Skate Connection could only talk, oh, the stories they could share. Tales of skaters young and old. Tales of figure skating, speed skating and indoor hockey on roller skates. Tales of Olympic speed skating gold medalist Apolo Ohno, who got his start on the maple wood floor of the Skate Connection. Tales of the heyday of indoor skating during the disco-mad early 1980s. Luckily, the walls don't have to talk — they've got John Gustafson.

 

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Richland skating rink still rollin' after 60 years

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Richland skating rink still rollin' after 60 years

Alan Bacon can't remember a time when he didn't know how to roller skate. His parents, Howard and Grace, opened Rollarena Skating Center in Richland in 1953, the year he was born. ​ It was his second home growing up, which had its perks — like a snack bar stocked with treats. ​ ​ Bacon also got lessons in work and responsibility at the center on Stevens Drive. In middle school, he was in charge of the coat check stand for dances, and the money he earned helped pay for college.

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Have Skates, Will Travel

Have Skates, Will Travel:
Stories from Worlds

Charlie Hamblin visits with local reporter, David Ashton, of East Portland News and The Sellwood Bee, about his experience as the world's youngest Junior Men Solo dance competitor at the 2013 World Championships in Taipei. Worlds is about far more than just skating to Charlie, its about goals, dreams, international swag, and exotic cuisine!

Robinson Family Ties

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Robinson Family Ties

On any given Wednesday evening, the Oaks Park Skating Rink becomes a playground for the extended Robinson family who arrive shortly before 5pm to prepare for evening practice. As the Robinson cousins enter the building, they greet one another as if months had passed since they last saw each other. Little voices mingle with grown up ones as the family discusses which disciplines they will practice...

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