- Published on 27 February 2015
Roller Skating is a Special Olympics sport with many different facets. Athletes are given the option to compete in artistic events, speed events
or roller hockey. In addition to the choice of sport, athletes may choose to use in-line or quad skates, depending on their strengths.
For artistic competition, men and women compete separately. The competition is further divided into four levels, each level progressively more difficult and requiring different elements. Speed events offer a variety of distances for all skill levels, as well as relay and slalom events.
Special Olympics offers individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic roller skating skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to track and team events.
Special Olympics athletes can also participate in Unified Sports® relay and team competition. Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Roller Skating Facts
Roller Skating was inaugurated at the 1987 Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Indiana, USA.
At the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in North Carolina, USA, 107 athletes representing 13 Special Olympics Programs competed in Roller Skating.
Roller skating competition at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland consisted of 91 athletes from 14 Programs.
Today 640Special Olympics athletes from SOMENA compete in roller skating.
Roller Skating Events
School Figures: Levels II, III and IV
Free Style Singles: Levels II, III and IV
Free Style Pairs: Levels I and II
Dance, Solo and Team: Levels II, III and IV
Unified Sports Dance Team: Levels II, III and IV
Unified Sports Free Style Pairs: Levels I and II
Track: 100, 300, 500 and 1000 Meter
Relay Race: 2 x 100, 2 x 200 and 4 x 100 Meter
Unified Sports Relay: 2 x 100, 2 x 200 Meter and 4 x 100 Meter
Team Play, 5-A-Side
Unified Sports Team Competition, 5-A-Side
The following events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels:
Level I: School Figures; Free Style Singles; Dance, Solo and Team
30 Meter Straight Line Race
30 Meter Slalom
15 Meter Ball Dribble
Shoot round the Goal