We arrived in Sulmona in the fall of 2004 to a scene of celebration. Teams of athletes from countries around the world were gathered there to compete in the summer version of speed-skating, with in-line skates, and we were there for opening night!
We had no idea this event was happening when we planned our visit. Piazza Garibaldi, Sulmona’s enormous main square, was transformed into a racetrack surrounded by bleachers and vendors’ booths.
The teams paraded along Corso Ovidio and into the arena in alphabetical order by country (a little trickier in Italian!).
We found the American team and wished them well.
Here are a few photos we snapped while watching the events.