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Urban roller skating fights for survival as U.S. rinks close

 Reuters 09 February 2019

While mainstream roller skating has been on a long decline, a new generation of skaters travel a circuit of rinks around America to compete and show off their moves. The indoor skating scene in Chicago is intense and vibrant, but it is also threatened as roller skating rinks close down in many big cities. And those that survive are financially strapped. But some say the culture is getting stronger as styles evolve and more people take up the sport. "It's an outlet. It's a lifestyle," says one skater. "When I started skating I wasn't getting into trouble anymore. It becomes a family." (666 Words) - By Fiona Ortiz

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A woman sits along a wall as others roller skate past at Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young

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A woman wears roller skates with lights on the bottom at Rich City Skate in Richton Park, Illinois, January 12, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Young


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