For the 43rd daily installment of Big Wheel Blading’s Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19 series we talk to Vasilisa Maslowa. Vasilisa is a 27-year-old inline skater living in Grodno, Belarus. She is a competitive inline slalom skater, artist at the drama theater and founder of the freestyle slalom school in Grodno.

What is the current situation with COVID-19 in Belarus? 

Every country is currently going through a difficult time because of COVID-19. There is no quarantine in Belarus, but people are following the rules and taking precautions to make sure the situation does not get worse here. A majority of public places are closed with most people staying at home.

Are you still skating? If so what precautions are you taking to stay safe?

Since we aren’t under quarantine I m skating both indoors and outdoors. When I skate outside I keep my distance from others and try to skate in the mornings. When I leave my house I make an effort to avoid crowds, don’t use public transportation, wear a mask and disinfect my hands with antiseptic lotion. I have a lot of time now to improve my skills in skating and to put time into self-education as well.

Are you doing any cross training?

 I do some general physical exercises in combination with skating practice.

What other activities are you doing to occupy your time?

I have a lot of hobbies so I’m making good use of my extra time by playing piano, drawing postcards and learning English. For my skate school, I’ve been creating training activities for my students and teaching them tricks through Skype.

How has COVID-19 affected your normal everyday life?

It’s been hard for me to stay at home without a set schedule and away from my usual daily routine. I’m missing traveling and taking part in this years competitive slalom season. I hope this situation ends soon so we can get our lives back to normal.

How is your local skate community responding?

Occasionally I see some skaters in the park, but everyone keeps their distance. My students are particularly self-isolated like me.


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