Business: Fast Rolling

Skating's wheels of fortune

Just as pedestrians were getting used to the sidewalk intrusions of skateboarders, cyclists and joggers, they had to make room for another mobile urban menace: roller skaters. The U.S. now has an estimated 28 million of them, and a Gallup poll has found their passion to be the fifth most popular participation sport among teenagers, ahead of tennis and skiing.

There is now a Girl Scout badge for proficiency in roller and ice skating, and at the Pan-Am Games in Puerto Rico earlier this summer there were 16 roller events...

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