Dear friends, this 2018 has brought to our beautiful family so many gifts, above all, the smile on the excited faces of our athletes who were awarded – for the first time in the history of World Skate – the Olympic medals, the first of a long series, we hope. World Skate wishes further smiles and emotions to all wheel enthusiasts in the upcoming 2019.
Throughout my career, I have attended many award ceremonies, as an athlete at first, then as a coach and now as a President. Yet, the emotion experienced in Buenos Aires will remain imprinted on me forever, since there, we finally fulfilled the dream of generations of skaters and conquered the Olympics: a goal that to many of us had seemed unattainable sometimes. We often came so close to it we could taste it and so often the opportunity slipped through our fingers. Nevertheless, as the world of sports teaches us, after any defeat it is necessary to always stand up and keep striving to overcome our limits.
We must continue in this direction to build together the road to Tokyo 2020 and consolidate our role in the Olympic world. The 2019 will also witness the WRG in Barcelona: The Roller Games, the most relevant international showcase of our world, will enable us to turn the Catalan capital into the capital of Roller Skating. We will work hard over the next few months to ensure that the city of Barcelona, the state of Spain and the entire sporting community experience 15 days of our own spectacular Games on wheels!
My best wishes for Happy Holidays and a magnificent New Year with your loved ones
World Skate President
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