Ewen has made the successful move from our PS Europe team up to our PS World Team for 2012. He’s always been one of the strong guys of the bunch, but the 2011 Berlin Marathon, and now a new lap record in Le Mans have thrust him into center stage.
PS caught up with Ewen on the eve of the French track championships.
I started inline speed skating in 1998, I was 9 years old thanks to my brother and I decided to follow him in this new sport. In my first year in inline I got some podiums in the small races around my city. But when I was young, I wasn’t strong and it wasn’t until 2004 I won my first Nationals and Europeans titles. In 2005, it’s was my first World Championship and I took a gold medal on the track relay and in 2006 I got a silver medal on the marathon. Now since 2009, I skate the Europeans and Worlds in senior all the times, I was 2 times Europeans champion and 3rd in 2010, and 2nd in 2011 on the relay at the world championships. But Berlin Marathon is the most important victory in my career !
I love points races road and track because it’s the hardest races to win because it’s important to be tactically, physically, mentally strong and to go fast in the sprints. For me it is the most complete racing for a long distance skaters. But I don’t forget the marathon also, where I make my best results.
I started really ice last year in the Academy in Inzell (Germany) just after my inline season and I made a good winter. I skated the World Championship, I finished 19 and it’s the top 24 who skate the Olympic, so I was happy about my first season.
Since Berlin last year and my victory, I changed my behavior in the races, I try more, I used to stop to think too much and to hesitate. Now when I want to go, I go full and if it’s hard for me, it’s hard for the others also… Who said that sport was easy !
I really know Bart from this year and it’s an athlete friendly and respectful, all is well between him and me on and off the track.
But it’s the same with all Powerslide’s members, the atmosphere is very good and everyone feel happy, so now you know why there are good results