Since she was just a toddler, inline skating has been everything Michaela “Micki” Renick is about. Soon, the 14-year-old prodigy will have a chance to take that passion to an international competition in Spain.
Clad in her bright yellow Lazer helmet and sponsored equipment from Simmons Racing, Micki Renick will make her international debut July 7 on Team USA’s youth inline speed skating team at the World Roller Games in Barcelona.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years now. It’s taken me as far east as Florida ... That will change in six weeks,” Renick said.
During the 11-day event, which will play host to athletes from 115 countries, Renick is expected to compete in multiple long-distance speed skating events. The list of events has not been posted yet, so she can only speculate what she’ll be competing in.
For Renick, this is a moment that comes perhaps once in a lifetime. The Nisqually Valley teen will get a chance to take her sport to the next level and to a whole new league of competition.
She and 24 other nationally-acclaimed racers will get a chance to represent their country against others. She’ll also be the youngest athlete in her age bracket of 15-18, with her date of birth just mere days past the requirement.
“It’s really a whole game changer now. It’s crazy to think that all of my competitors are on a team now,” she said.
Renick qualified for the team at the Outdoor Nationals and Team USA trials in Colorado Springs in May. Over the course of the competition, Renick was able to find time on the podium in multiple events. She took third place in the 10K eliminations, second place in the 15K eliminations and set a new record in the Junior World Class Ladies 200-meter pursuit with a time of 22.125.
And skating long distance is not easy, especially when you potentially have to run multiple heats in events.
“You might have to run through those races several times to make it through the rounds of eliminations,” said Meagan Renick, Micki’s mother.
Altogether, Micki raced in at least nine separate events, heats excluded, over a week of trials.
The Renicks hosted a fundraiser for Micki’s trip to Barcelona on Memorial Day, but interested parties can still donate to Micki’s gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-send-micki-renick-to-barcelona-for-team-usa. The goal is to reach $8,500.
Opening ceremonies for the World Roller Games begin July 3, and her competition starts July 7.