Two Roseville athletes become newest members of Team USA
Two local athletes are the newest members of Team USA and will be representing the United States at the World Championships in Novara, Italy at the end of September.
Emma Gloudeman (16), a junior at Whitney High School in Rocklin, took the silver medal in the figure event at the USA Roller Sports National Championships this past week in Lincoln, Nebraska. Allison Kiger (18), a sophomore at Sacramento State University, took the gold medal in the solo dance event. Both are members of the Roseville Skate Club.
While not an official sport in the summer Olympic Games, Roller Sports is a "recognized sport" by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee.
"Roller figure skating isn't a well-publicized sport in the US, but it's huge in places like South America and Italy!" states Gloudeman, a third generation skater. "Everyone here knows about ice skating, but we do all the same things, just on wheels. That makes this honor even more special; the fact that I will be representing not just the US, but all the roller skaters here who don't usually get a lot of recognition.”
Kiger is from Antelope and has been rollerskating since age three. She won the U.S. national championship in Albuquerque in July.
“Artistic rollerskating is not in the Olympics, so the world championship is equivalent to that, and has the best of the best,” she says.
All members of Team USA are responsible for 100 percent of their own World Championships expenses, including travel, lodging, training fees, and team uniforms. To support their journey, these two local athletes are working hard to raise funds to help offset their costs by starting GoFundMe accounts.
Gloudeman is coached by her mother, Danielle Storm. Kiger is coached by Patricia Jacques. Both Storm and Jacques are veteran coaches, with multiple national titles and awards to their names.
To learn more about USA Roller Sports, please visit www.usarollersports.org; to learn more about Roller Sports around the world, please visit www.rollersports.org. To learn more about the World Championships, please visit www.novara2016.it