Definitions for rollerbladeˈroʊ lərˌbleɪd
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A roller skate with all wheels aligned in a single row along the sole, resembling an ice skate; inline skate.
To roller skate using rollerblades.
Rollerblade is a brand of inline skates owned by Nordica, part of the Tecnica Group of Trevignano, Treviso, Italy, since 2005. The company was started by Scott Olson and Brennan Olson in Minneapolis as Ole's Innovative Sports; when they sold the company, it became Rollerblade, Inc. and has changed hands over time between Nordica, Benetton Group and Tecnica. In 1980, Scott and Brennan Olson improved the rollerblades in their own basement. The wheels were better protected, easier to put on, and had better brakes. Before the Olson brothers made the changes to the rollerblades, they were difficult to put on, the wheels were damaged easily, and the brakes were insufficient. Rollerblade is a registered trademark that has been in use since March 1983, though the term "rollerblade" is also used generically for inline skates. Even though the long established Roces company were the first to manufacture in-line skates in 1981, their distribution was limited to Italy and Central Europe for the first few years, allowing Rollerblade to capitalize and grab a huge percentage of the world market share and almost total dominance of the North American market with their aggressive advertising campaigns and sponsored in-line only sporting events. For the first few years after Rollerblade was formed they were the only manufacturer of in-line skates that had worldwide distribution, and hence the name Rollerblade became synonymous with in-line skates in general.
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