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May Skater of the Month

Name: Molly Martin

Age: I will turn 65 this month.

Marital Status: married to Terry

Have been skating for how long: about 10 years

Equipment Brand and Type: Rollerblade Aero 90s

Life Philosophy: Challenges become adventures!

Favorite time of day to skate: Anytime

Favorite skating event: Friday night and Sunday afternoon club skates in Paris

Awards/ Competitive Wins: 2nd place in my division of 2009 Texas Road Rash

Molly Martin Photo

Biggest skating adventure: The first time I saw Paris I was on skates. As soon as our family arrived I skated to the Place de la Bastille and joined 1500 other skaters on the 3 hour tour around Paris organized by one of the skating clubs there. The French National Police accompanied us on skates, closing and opening intersections as needed all over the city. They worked closely with the club's skate patrols and everything went fast and was really well-organized. The sights were breath-taking and the French skaters I met were very friendly.

Your 'why'/ what do you get from skating: 1) Aerobic exercise in an enjoyable form 2) Skating in both urban and rural areas connects me with the environment in a unique way which cannot be duplicated in a car or as a pedestrian. Whenever possible, I become an inline tourist and so far I have skated in 7 countries.

Would like to do this year in skating: I now have used racing frames (no brake) and low-cut boots which I will try to learn to use in order to attend the evening practices at Playland with Coach Sonny Felter!

Coolest Accomplishment: In April 2006 I passed the tests to become a USSG instructor certified to teach Level 1. I was asked to teach with Four Wheels Inline School in Boston. I have enjoyed the teaching a lot.

Other sports/hobbies you enjoy: I am learning to play the steel drum with the Inside Out Community Steel Band.

Favorite skating gadget/tool: BladeTool

Mentors: Too many to list!

Helpful advice to other skaters/ Beginners: Never skate with rings on!

Favorite Quote: No trip is spoiled by planning. (Senegalese proverb)