Sheila Juan Franco

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Name: Sheila Juan Franco

Country: Spain

Current Location: Barcelona

Loving to skate since: All my life, since 3 years old

Riding for Powerslide since: 2012

Current Skate Setup: Powerslide NEXT Arctic Grey 110mm

Favorite boot: Next

Favorite frames: Trinity core

Favorite wheels: Matter IMAGE 125mm

Favorite bearings: WCD Japan ABEC 9

Why do you love to skate? Because it makes me feel alive, happy, and free, the liberation of energy.

Skating I challenge myself, I have met incredible friendships and I have traveled a lot. Tell us about your personal philosophy, ethic, and value as a skater! I started with 3 years to skate, I have gone through figure skating, aggressive skating, speed skating, and whenever I could I have traveled with my skates to know the world. I went on the adventure to the London marathon, I was surprised that I came first and I had gone alone to spend the weekend, I could not share my joy with anyone, because I did not know anyone at that time was a funny moment. I have gone to the marathon in Berlin and Madrid, whenever I can I sign up for the races there because I am not afraid to fail my goal is to do what makes me happy and enjoy. I love sharing my passion for skating, I started almost two years ago, thanks to the support of Powerslide, to encourage women skating doing the route femme in Barcelona.

What keeps you pushing forward in skating? If it makes you happy, then it is worth it.

What is your favorite place to skate? Vienna

What action do you like best during skating events? Jump to avoid a fall. When in a race there is a row of skates and there are multiple falls, have the ability to jump so as not to fall on top. This has happened to me a few times and I have been able to avoid it thanks to skating in the street.

What was your greatest success? 24h ROLLERTOUR is an ULTRA-DISTANCE skating race. This race is considered one of the hardest races of Spain. My third place in the 24hours roller tour competition, individual participation skating 24 hours, but not for third place. Because it was a total dedication to pushing my boundaries to give visibility to promoting visibility for ALS research. It was hard because the first 8 hours I did without stopping even to go to the toilet, it rained, made wind, many laps to the circuit of Montmeló but nothing compared to the people who suffer this disease, can not move, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) attacks motor neurons (a type of nerve cell) in the brain and spinal cord. They are fighters on a daily basis and have all my respect and admiration and I hope from the heart that one day the cure to this disease will be found

What is your favorite race? Berlin Marathon

What advice would you like to give? Never give up, life is too short, do whatever makes you happy, listen to your feelings and go for it, always be true to yourself, don’t be afraid to fail this is a way to succeed.

Any hobbies outside of skating? I like to travel, road bike, MTB, triathlon, swim, photography, and poetry.

Do you have a life philosophy or phrase that inspires you? Be grateful and enjoy every moment because life is an adventure.

What is your favorite moment in skating? Listening to my favorite song near the sea and share my passion with my friends.

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