Article by - Pushkar Kulkarni, Coach of Team Extreme
Article Date - March 23, 2003
Subodh Patil of India
Skating in India is largely looked upon as a pass-time a
mere fascination for children. Perhaps. But when it comes
to competition it takes on a whole new dimension. Indian team
is now participating at various international tournaments.
In 2001 Master
won a silver medal and two Bronze
medal at open continental Championships held in Pretoria, South
Africa. In the same year Miss
won 2 silver and 3
bronze medals and stood overall second in her group at 6 dias
open international championships held in Serpa, Portugal.
has a silver medal to his credit at
Asian Championships in 2002. Indian team has gained second
position in relay at the Asian championships in 2002. Master
won at open International Championships in
Ostend Belgium in 2002. It is a matter of time that India
will make a mark at World Championships.
More About Subodh Patil
In the recently held National Championships in India,
speed was the synonym for Subodh Patil, who captured the hearts of
all by winning two gold medals in 1000 mts and 10000mts point
to point race where he had a very tough fight and was declared
the winner by difference of just 2 points.
Subodh Balwant Patil
is a Roller Skater from Kolhapur, India.
His skating career started in 1990, when he was 6 years old.
His father got him skates, so that he would not waste his time
in street games. Then he took training at Kolhapur.
He got his first national medal at Noida; he got several medals
in and out of Kolhapur. His father got him to Pune city in 1995,
where he started taking training with Pushkar Kulkarni of Team
Since than he has won several championships. He got a bronze
medal at Patiala in 1996, and a silver medal at School games
Nationals at Moga in 1999. He also won 4 gold medals and individual
Speed championship award at state championships in Aurangabad.
In the same year he participated in open internationals in Pretoria,
South Africa. There he was awarded a silver medal and 2 bronze medals.
This was a turning point in his career. In the same year he represented
India at world championships in Valence Dei Agen, France. He was overall
ranked 26th in junior group. Same year, he represented INDIA at Asian
Championships at Taitung, Taiwan and performed his best and stood 4th.
Now he is the top skater of India, he was declared Individual
Speed Champion at Vaizak in 2001. Subodh was a team member of
Indian Contingent at world championships at Ostend, Belgium in
2002. This time he competed with some of the world-class players,
and his idol Chad, who has 50 gold medals to his credit at world
Championships, and Renaldo, who was junior group gold medallist at
He secured 9th Position at Open International Championship in Ostend
2002. It was really tough to reach this position says Subodh. For this
he gives all the credit to
Mr. Cristofer Adori formerly of Team Saloman who coached the Indian
He has to practice for 4 hours daily in morning and evening. He gets
full support from his family; he especially gives credit for his success
to his mother. He also mentions his brother Vijay, who is all the time
there to help him.
Being a very fast growing game he has to keep abreast with the
latest techniques in the sport, for this he likes surfing the
net and watching various video cassettes.
He also has discussions with his friends Aabas and all to improve his sport.
He is a self-determined skater who believes in himself and his well-wishers.
He is now settled in Hyderabad in Andhra- Pradesh State where is supported by
the state government in all the ways, Subodh says. He is not just skating but
also is studying in 12th Arts, faculty.
He has set a goal for himself of becoming a professional skater and play
for professional teams in Europe and US. He is currently the team leader
of Team Verducci India.
Injuries are integral part of any sport, but this has never let him down.
At Ostend World Championships, he competed in 42 K marathon with a fractured
hand and secured 70th position leaving behind many champion skaters.
He likes to chill out with his college friends, when he is not skating.
Determination, Hard work and positive attitude are all the ingredients for
being a champion skater, for Subodh.
Sky is the limit, is what comes to oneis mind as one watches the graph of
young Subodh, the super Skater of India.
For more information about Team Extreme contact
Coach Pushkar Kulkarni at
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