These kids have some wheels.
Jetting up to 25 mph, Jacob Anderson, 8, Damon Spencer, 10, and Will Irby, 12, recently set national records in inline speed skating at the U.S. championships in Lincoln, Neb.
"It makes you happy enough that brings you tears," said their coach, Donnie Allen of Rock Hill. "Hopefully, I am going to see these kids in the Olympics. That's what I would like to see."
The three were among a group of 14 who went to the national championships and practice under Allen's guidance at a Rock Hill skating rink.
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Anderson broke the national record for the 1,200-meter primary two mixed -- with teammate Deja Johnson, 7 -- and the 1,200-meter primary two-boy -- with teammate Travis Spencer. Jacob and Damon set another national record on the 1,200-meter juvenile four-boy -- with teammates Aidan Murphy-Booth, 8, and Clay Ellerbrock, 9.
"I like that you can go fast," Jacob said. "It's very fun."
Spencer also said he likes the adrenaline rush of going fast and likes to speed "because then I can keep up with everybody."
Irby, who is from Rock Hill, also set up national records on the novice elementary and the 500-meter elementary two-boy.
Other speedskaters Allen took to the nationals are Hanna Snipes, 11, Justin Sterling, 11, Marybeth Thayer, 11, Josh Campbel, 17, Emmit Taylor, 15, John Brantley, 15, and David Johnson, 25.
Regarding the nationals, Will said he enjoyed the race.
"It was really scary but fun," he said. "Everybody is watching, and you are really nervous because you want to do good. And you want your parents to be proud of you."
Effort pays off
He said his parents had tears in their eyes when he won the two gold medals.
Richard Irby, Jacob's father, said he is proud of his son.
"You get out what you put in it," Irby said. "(Jacob) was willing to put effort. He wanted to win the nationals, and he did. It makes you feel good."
Irby said his son practiced seven times a week for two hours a day during the eight weeks preceding the nationals.
"But the commitment paid off," Irby said.
He said kids might skate 25 miles during each training session.
"It's a fun sport for the kids," Irby said. "Some of them can skate all day if you let them."