FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Jonathon Ingles, a 15-year-old native of Angola, laced up his rollerblades today as he participated in the United States Roller Sports National Championships at Memorial Coliseum.
Jonathon and his partner were participants in the Sophomore Two-Man 3,000 Meter Relay. Ingles, who began skating at the age of two, says there is nothing like flying around a short rink at speeds that can reach 30 miles per hour.
“It’s amazing. It’s exhilarating just having your adrenaline pumping the whole time not really knowing what’s going on except for you’re just going fast and doing that left turn.”
Those left turns come quickly as tandem teams hit the hardwood in bunches today. Jonathon says timing is everything when working with a partner at such high speeds.
“It’s hard because you’ve got to get the timing just right when you’re getting pushed.”
Relayers alternate laps. One relayer completes a lap as the other speeds ahead for a push to continue the next lap. This goes on for 15 laps and takes only a handful of minutes to travel 3,000 meters.
The skill that Jonathon has acquired over his lifetime is due in part to his father, Doug Ingles. Like his son, Doug is also a skater and owns a rink in Hillsdale, Michigan. Doug says training is up to the individual skaters, but learning the skills necessary to compete is a family initiative for all of today’s competitive skaters.
“The training is individual, yet it’s with a group of skaters. There’s mixed ages. You’ve got families that skate together with mom and dad and the kids all skate, so the family aspect is huge.”
Popularity in aggressive skating and other roller sports is gaining. Roller sports is seeking inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is currently on the games’ short list of sports that could be added. Jonathon thinks that would do wonders for his sport.
“If it made the Olympics, I think that would be amazing, and it would get people more into the sport.”
Jonathon’s ultimate goal is to be like the world’s fastest skater, Joey Mantia.
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