FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Olympic speed skater Joey Mantia is spending the weekend in Fort Wayne holding clinics at the Roller Dome North, starting with Friday’s meet and greet.
Mantia is hosting clinics Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roller Dome South.
Mantia started out inline speed skating when he was 8 years old. He signed his first pro contract with a skate manufacturer in 2004 and from then until 2011 traveled the world, racing for a living. Over those years, he won 28 world titles, Pan American gold medals, and broke 6 world records. In 2011, he decided that he wanted to compete in the Olympics, but roller skating was not a sport, so he packed up, went to Salt Lake, Utah, and switched to ice speed skating. In 2013, he qualified for the Olympic Games, where he competed in Sochi. Although, he did not medal, he is training hard to medal in the 2018 Olympic Games.
For more information about this event, visit www.rollerdomenorth.com or call (260) 483-6303.