Speed skating is on the rise in Claremore.
A major reason for the emergence of the obscure sport is the Claremore Chaos.
Based in Roller World behind the Arby’s on Will Rogers Blvd., the Chaos has been racing its way around skating rinks in the south and southeastern regions of the country for two years, and the program only continues to grow.
The team is sending 12 skaters to the US Roller Speed Skating (USRSS) American Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 11-16.
That’s a slight increase from the eight who made the trip last season.
Making a return to the national stage are Darius Cooper, Casey Starkey, Khari Davis, Brynlee Hinds, Tezarius Cooper, Tristan Starkey, Claire Pilkington and Dax Pilkington. Newcomers include Nathaniel Hinds, Shai Munroe, Kavan Woodruff and Kamden Hinds.
Cooper and Casey Starkey took silver in the two-person primary relay last season before teaming with Brynlee Hinds and Davis for another silver medal in the four-person juvenile relay.
Roger Brochu and Bill Crutchfield swept the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the quad skates event.
Roller World co-owner Angie Hinds, whose husband Jordan is the team’s coach, said the Chaos boasts one of the largest speed-skating teams in Oklahoma, and she hopes the recent success leads to even more growth in coming years.
“When we first started in February 2017, we started out with maybe five kiddos,” Angie Hinds said. “We’re up to 24 routinely now.”
The team competes every month in meets against programs from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and sometimes Tennessee, and last year’s Chaos squad qualified for nationals through a regional meet in Wichita, Kan.
That last detail changed this season.
“They took out the regional competition, so we don’t technically have any qualifications to go to nationals anymore,” Angie Hinds said. “It’s kind of just up to the kids and coaches. The coaches take the kids who they think will do well.”
Team Chaos is open to all ages.
If you think speed skating is for you or your children, or you simply want more information, contact Jordan or Angie Hinds via phone at 918-343-3866 or stop by Roller World, located at 950 W 4th St. in Claremore.