From the shoebox

NCSA, first established as Golden Gate Speed Skaters on March 13, 1988, was in existence prior to the days of email, websites. To advertise our first session, we printer this poster on a dot matrix graphics printer and asked all of the rink managers to post it in their box offices.scan0056

At this time, the sport was just beginning to transition from a fixed blade leather skate to the current composite / adjustable blade design.


Our early 1990s sessions were in a shopping mall called Fashion Island in Foster City. We always had crowds watching us while we skated. Also since the rink was next to the food court, we could go get donuts after our Sunday morning training sessions!!


Three of the skaters in the following shot are still skating. Speedskating is a sport for life.


Here is an early skating clinic with the one of our first NCSA Coaches, Pferde Schaffer, and legendary Olympic Medalist, Olympic Coach Diane Holum.  Diane’s most famous athlete was 5 time Gold Medalist, Eric Heiden


Speaking of Eric Heiden, while he was a medical student at Stanford in the early 90s, we had the opportunity to train with him several times.

Heiden-Angel Field

In those days before email, we wrote and mailed newsletters to all the members, to notify them of upcoming races and events, and to give everyone their recent race times.

One of our skaters who attended Stanford hosted the world’s FIRST WEB PAGE for a speedskating club.

The following images are the Archive of newsletters mailed to norcal skaters:
1992 August level 1 coaching clinic

1991 September 1991 October Gabe Kinsley editorial 1991 November uphill race on wheels 1991 April 15 Berkeley sessions 1990 October 1990 November daily training logs funny 1990 March 17 club organization meeting 1990 January Skater uprising by Gabe Kingsley 1990 August 1989 March party and new products by Gabe 1989 June the famous ROOTS article by Gabe Kingsley 1989 July August more fun from Gabe Kingsley 1988 September 1988 questionnaire 1988 October Le Bonte stealth skate by Gabe Kingsley 1988 June 1988 July Gabe Kingsley takes over publishing 1988 April GGSS club T shirt sales form 1998 Aug Sept new team in Roseville and NCSA pool party 1997 Nov 27 letter and press release about nationals 1997 August Jim Minami leaves 1996 November World news 1996 Aug September cycling skaters 1995 December 1993 October 24 new San Jose rink 1993 January 26 Tuesday night Fashion Island 1992 November Kristi Yamaguchi visits 1992 May 1992 January in prep for Olympics

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