Confession. I don’t know how to roller skate or ice skate. It’s one of those frustrating skills I never got to learn. Always been amazed with those who can, whether competitively or recreationally, then throw in a few tricks here and there.
Now as a kid, I’ve always preferred bikes. That has translated for a love of mountain biking and motorcycles. Safe to say that what a kid loves is something he or she will continue to do as an adult.
On the topic of roller skating, like most things in the world, there are actual competitions. A place where those passionate about the discipline get the chance to show off their talents.
Sofia Bogdanova is a roller skating prodigy from Moscow, Russia.
At fourteen years of age, she is a six-time world champion, and a nine-time European champion. Fourteen years old. She has her own YouTube channel where she showcases her crazy roller skating skills so check it out.
Here she is at the Wuyishan Rollerskating Festival where she got 1st place for the Junior Female Classic Slalom.
It’s a lovely day out which means that Sofia can glow and go at the same time. she takes a deep breathe before starting her routine. A few hand movements here and there, translating to a flying bird before she takes off on a smooth spin all on her right foot.
Sofia then proceeds to tackle the blue cones all on the same right leg, balancing her body with amazing control while using her strength to change directions quickly. That is poise with power from a fourteen year old.
Skating to Amy Lee’s “Speak to me”, Sofia reaches the end of the cones, does a dazzling spin that boggles physics, then proceeds to skate backwards and sideways while tackling the same slalom course again. Dizzy yet?
Told you she’s good. She switches to her left leg this time, switching directions with speed all while extending her arms for that much added effect. Not even professionals in race cars could switch directions like Sofia.
The little lady from Moscow transitions to the green cones, this time setting the bar higher. She spins and crosses her legs, squatting down now with her crossed leg doing the skating. One leg.
Oh but here’s the best part. On that one crossed leg, she skates backwards on her toes! That’s one wheel on the tip balancing her entire body backwards. All while her other leg is stretched out in front of her. This Russian is insane!
Sofia goes back to a vertical base, this time dancing with a smoother gait, all while still having her way with the slalom course. Not once does she hit a single cone. Incredible.
Her viewers all say the same things,
“I wish I could skate like that. Great job. You make it look so easy.”
Well me too.
“You can just imagine the amount of hard work she put into it to make it look so effortless and easy.”
All her practice and dedication paid off. She finishes her routine, goes off for a chat with friends while having a drink of water. So cool and collected, and yet making her Russia proud. Go on and check out her many fantastic skate videos. Sofia is gold!
Check out this young lady on wheels in the video below!
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