Hear from the pros how inline skating has improved their skiing skills.
Think inline skating is only for short-short wearing dads from the 90’s? Tell that to the list of skiers who use Rollerblade as an integral part of their off-season training regimen. Rollerblades are proven to be highly-beneficial to skiers training in the off-season, regardless of whether you’re a pro staying in competition shape or a recreational skier just trying to get a leg up on next season. Hear the stories of some of the prominent pro skiers out there using Rollerblades during their training:
A Utah native, Brennan Rubie has been on the U.S. Ski Team since 2009 and is one of the biggest supporters of the Skate to Ski training method since he began using it in 2015. Rubie has accomplished a lot in his time on the team, with a win at the 2016 U.S. Alpine Championships and plenty of starts on the World Cup, Nor-Am Cup and European Cup circuits. He finished the 2017 season with his highest-ever World Cup standings, ranking 21st in the alpine combined event.
For Rubie, inline skating helps simulate important movements and energy transfers that take place during a ski race. Being able to practice these movements all off-season gives him a leg up come the beginning of the season.
The winner of the 2015 Ski Cross World Championship, Andrea Limbacher is an accomplished Austrian freestyle skier with three Olympics and 74 World Cup starts on her resume. Limbacher uses Rollerblades not only as a complement to her regular ski training, but as a means of recovery.
In March of 2016, Limbacher crashed in one of her last races of the season, sustaining an injured knee, ACL and meniscus. Rollerblades have been crucial to her recovery efforts, as inline skating has a very minimal impact on the knees and does an excellent job of strengthening the entirety of the leg. Her efforts paid off; she returned strong, earning qualification to the Pyeongchang Olympic games this past February. Her favorite Rollerblade skates are the Macroblade 100W and the Maxxum 84W.
Sierra Quitiquit pulls double-duty as a pro big mountain skier and model, meaning she needs to stay in tip-top shape year-round. Incorporating everything from surfing to yoga in her training, Rollerblades are just one of the many ways Quitiquit stays sharp during the summer months. She has been inline skating since she was around six years old, doing it just for fun before she even considered the training benefits to it. Sierra’s favorite skates to ride are the Macroblade 80 and the Metroblade.
An 8-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Tommy Biesemeyer has seen his fair share of success and heartbreak. The Keene, N.Y. native began inline skating in 2013 after a serious knee injury, and credits skating as one of the main reasons he has been able to return to skiing at a World Cup level. He bounced back in 2016 with a career-best 11th place finish in a World Cup Super G race at Beaver Creek, Co. He was all set to compete at the 2018 Olympics Games as well, before succumbing to a last-minute ankle injury during a practice run in Pyeongchang.
Ok, we don’t know for sure that Mikaela Shiffrin utilizes Rollerblades in the off-season, but we did find this picture of her inline skating on a treadmill-looking contraption, and that’s enough proof for me.
(Photo credit: Rollerblade.com)
If the most dominant skier in the world trains using Rollerblades, then so should you. Train like Mikaela; train using Rollerblades.