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Legend has it that the first in-line skates date back to the 1700's when a Dutchman attempted to simulate ice skating by nailing wooden spools to strips of wood attached to his shoes.
In 1980, two hockey-playing Minnesota brothers discovered an in-line skate while rummaging through a sporting goods store and decided that this design would make an ideal off-season hockey-training tool. They refined the skate and began assembling the first Rollerblade skates in the basement of their parents' Minneapolis home. It was that same year, when they founded the company that would become Rollerblade.
As the 80's came to a close, Rollerblade expanded the market further through in-line skating events, competitions, and other activities specific to the sport; including the new trend of aggressive skating.
Leading the Way Through the years, Rollerblade has achieved several industry firsts, such as the use of polyurethane boots and wheels, metal frames, dual bearings and heel brakes. In addition, Rollerblade has achieved the following industry firsts: ventilated shells/breathable liners, buckle closure system, "cored" wheel design, graduated brake design, aggressive skate/stunt skate, award-winning braking system - advanced braking system (ABT), women's specific skate, tool less, push-button adjustable children's skate and liner with temperature regulation material (keeps feet cooler and dryer).
Rollerblade continues to push the sport in new frontiers with innovative technologies, and revolutionary marketing programs to spread the gospel of in-line skating.