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U S Army Reserve Soldier competes at 2022 World Skate Roller Games

☷U S Army Reserve Soldier competes at 2022 World Skate Roller Games

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   0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey practices his form near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete for the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey glances at his watch during a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete for the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey ties his skates ahead of a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oc......t . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete in the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey swings a kettle bell during a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey ties his skates ahead of a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey with his team at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey performs box jumps with weights during a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey ' s skates have brought him a long way since he began his journey with speed skating . Humphrey is preparing to compete at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey stretches during a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . 0 Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey prepares for a training session near Ft . Bragg , North Carolina on Oct . 5 , 2022 . Humphrey is preparing to compete at the World Skate Roller Games in Buenos Aires , Argentina . Sometimes a passion you never knew you had skates right into your life . It happened quickly for one United States Army Reserve Soldier who is now on pace to achieve his goal of participating in the Olympics . . . 100 meters at a time . Sgt . 1st Class Markevous Humphrey , a native of Onley , Virginia , was always an athlete . Growing up he attended Nandua High school where he competed in football , track , and wrestling . “I was actually the 2005 State Champion for my weight class in wrestling , ” said Humphrey . “I also made the basketball team , but I couldn’t get to practices due to my football schedule . ” Humphrey didn’t know then , but he was already training his body for a sport he had never even considered . One day , while thinking of things to do with his daughter , he decided skating would be something fun for them to do together . The two took up the hobby and continued to progress in their skill level . He took things a step further by attending an adult skate night at the local rink and destiny stopped him in his tracks . One of the wheels on his skates started wobbling so badly he couldn’t skate anymore . He walked his skates over to the in - house repair shop and started talking to one of the managers . ( Skate shop owners ) The Skate shop owner , who had seen him skating , asked if he ever thought about competing in the USA Roller Sports . ( Speed Skating ) . I attended a couple of practices and didn’t like it at first . Then I joined the Skate city speed team . This prompted Humphrey to attend a clinic which taught attendees the rules and proper form . At the event he met with some of the top roller athletes and started to believe he could excel in the sport . USA Roller Sports is recognized by World Skate and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the national governing body of competitive roller sports in the United States . These sports include; speed skating , figure skating , roller hockey , roller derby and other extreme sports within the United States . After a little over a year with Skate city speed team Humphrey then moved on to Synergy speed team based out of Colorado . With this team he then competed at his first Outdoor Nationals and came close to beating the previous years national champion . Months after that he competed at his first Indoor Championships . At the race , he placed second and garnered a lot of attention from others who had been competing for years . Since then , Humphrey , who typically competes in the 100 meter speed skating event , has placed highly in every race he has competed in and has become one of the fastest skaters in the sport . After coming to North Carolina on orders , Humphrey joined the High Point speed club , based out of High Point , North Carolina to continue his racing . Last month , Humphrey took a weekend pass , picked up his skates and set off on an 11 - hour drive to compete at the 2022 USA Track Championship and Team USA trials in Hollywood , Florida . Although he won silver ( due to a faulty start ) he was still invited to compete in the 2022 World Skate Roller Games . The competition took place from 24 Oct . to 13 Nov . 2022 in Buenos Aires , Argentina at Parque Puerto Madero . The event was by invite only and featured the best skaters from all over the globe . Just four years after beginning his journey into the world of inline speed skating he is now competing at all of the largest competitions the sport has to offer . Individually , Humphrey has accomplished a lot in his short time with the sport , but he has also made huge contributions to his team as a whole . “Markevous elevates the expectation , ” said teammate James Springer . “He encourages and improves others as he does so for himself . ” Springer says Humphrey makes everyone feel valued . He remembers the first time they met . Although he hadn’t skated for two years it was Humphrey who walked up to him and greeted him with a hug . “This community is tight knit , ” said Humphrey . “I haven’t met anyone that I haven’t got along with , and we all try our best to mentor the children who are getting into the sport . ” Humphrey is currently on active - duty orders for one year , but usually serves as a Troop Program Unit ( TPU ) Soldier . A TPU Soldier , unlike active - duty Soldiers , serves part time , allowing them to earn an extra paycheck , go to school , or work a civilian job while still maintaining many of the benefits of military service . These Soldiers typically train on selected weekends and perform annual training which typically is two weeks long . “My command has been very supportive of me , ” said Humphrey . “They’ve allowed me to make up time so I could be present for my races . ” His success can be measured in many ways , but he says what’s most important to him is that he leaves the room knowing he’s does his very best and that everyone around him is better because of it . Humphrey trains hard to compete . . . he trains hard to be a Soldier . . . and he always does it with a smile on his face . “I’m always ready” said Humphrey . “I ' ve achieved a lot , but I won ' t stop until I bring home Olympic Gold . ”


24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )



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