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02-22-2009, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by FalconOilers View Post
I don't know if this is a stupid question or not but.........

If you run fast, does that mean you can skate fast as well? Just something I've always wanted to know and I'm a beginner skater.
Not at all! Do you think Donovan Bailey could outskate Marian Gaborik?

Skating and running are two very different things. Being a fast sprinter indicates that you have a pretty good VO^2 max, which will help you in hockey, but it won't automatically make you a good skater. You will have *some* advantages in learning though. A fast sprinter knows how to maximize his running movements by lifting his feet as little as possible off the ground, maximize his forward speed by using long, full strides, and lastly has the confidence to move at a fast speed while keeping his nerves in check.

If you want to become a fast skater you need to focus on your technique first and foremost. The second major component is having strong legs that can add power to flawless strides.

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