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September Skater of the Month
John Thurmon Photo
John at the Olympic Training Center

Name: John Thurmon

Nickname: The Beast

Age: 45

Marital Status: Married

Have been skating for how long: 20-plus years.

Equipment Brand and Type: Bont

Life Philosophies: You don't know if you will like it unless you try it.

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: ANY time.

Favorite Skating Event: A2A, North Shore, Indoor Nationals, Texas Road Rash

Awards/Competitive Wins: Many - both Indoor and Outdoor.

Most Memorable Incident: Breaking an ankle at Athens-to-Atlanta roadskate (A2A).

What do you get from Skating: A lot of exercise, travel, and meeting cool people and making new friends.

Would like to do this Year in Skating: Do well at Indoor Nationals and place at Outdoor Nationals and maybe a road race or two.

Coolest Accomplishment: Placing several times at Indoor Nationals and winning several outdoor races.

Other Sports/Hobbies you Enjoy: Cycling, fishing, and just about any other sport.

Favorite skating gadget/tool: Slide board.

Mentors: Paul Hedrick, Chad Hedrick, Derek Downing, Derek Parra and many more who I learned from and trained with over the years.

Helpful advice to other skaters/ Beginners: Never give up! It takes time but it will be worth it in the end.

Favorite Quote: "NO PAIN, NO GAIN!"