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March 11, 2001 | ELLEN ALPERSTEIN
Thirteen years ago, Sue Perles and fellow speedskating enthusiast Jim Wigney were maneuvering around the figure skaters at a rink in Paramount. The two were struck by how few children participated in what had always been a family sport in their native cities of Boston and St. Louis.
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January 28, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT
When Maria Garcia tells classmates at Palisades Charter High she's a speedskater, they usually stare in disbelief. "Most people think it's a sport [based] in the East or the Midwest," she said. "People look at me and say, 'Huh?' If they've heard of speedskating, they think of long track and Bonnie Blair, and I have to go through the whole process of explaining what short track is."
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