Laces & Wheels

The world of roller skating

Skating with the Stars

When you think of famous athletes, celebrities and superstars, you probably don’t think about any of them still enjoying roller skating. Believe it or not, there are quite a few famous athletes and celebrity roller skating enthusiasts.

Photo: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Photo: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Many of you would be surprised to know that Boston Celtics’ point guard, Rajon Rondo, is an avid roller skater. He not only demonstrates his skills on the basketball hardwood floor, but he is also nice on the hardwood floor of the roller rink. Rajon took up skating after his rookie season with the Celtics. He says that he skates every Friday and Saturday night in his hometown of Louisville, KY, during the off-season. Rajon mentioned that he enjoys skating, and it helps him to relax and zone out. He is a man after my own heart! There are some other celebrities that like to roll. Grammy winner and pop music star, Beyonce, hosted her 21st birthday party at a roller skating rink in Atlanta. She revisits her love of skating in the video for her single, “Blow,” a song off her self-titled 5th studio album. In the video, Beyonce reenacts the look, feel and vibe of the 80’s skating era.
Photo: Sony/Columbia Records

Photo: Sony/Columbia Records

Bow Wow, Mike Epps and Jurnee Smollett, all roller skating enthusiasts, starred in the skating movie “Roll Bounce.” Missy Elliot, Ciara, Faith Evans, Anita Baker, and Mariah Carey all featured roller skating in their music videos. I also read that Janet Jackson and the actress, Kim Bassinger, have thrown star-studded birthday parties at a roller skating rink center in California.

If you were surprised to discover these celebrities’ interest in roller skating, I bet if you mentioned your roller skating experiences to a majority of the people you already know, you would be surprised to see how many people still love to skate or want to get back into it… roll bounce, baby!

3 comments on “Skating with the Stars

  1. Bonita
    June 19, 2014

    I’m so proud and happy for you.

  2. Darlene Norman
    August 19, 2014

    Tamara, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blogs. I’m not a roller skater, I’ve tried it a few times and it was fun but I never went enough to develop any skills. I enjoyed the movie “Roll Bounce” that you referenced in this piece – mostly because it was filmed in Chicago right in the neighborhood where I grew up. That was very exciting for us.

    • lacesandwheels
      September 8, 2014

      Hi Darlene, first I would like to thank you for taking the time to view my blog posts and comment. Your response is what a lot of people say…they had a great time when they did go skating whether they did it occasionally or seriously like myself. I enjoyed “Roll Bounce” as well and I can only imagine how excited you guys were to have it being filmed in your old neighborhood…how exciting!

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