Emerson Study is an energetic 13-year-old who attends Creekwood Middle School and, for fun and sport, she speed skates.
She is an award-winning inline speed skater who also has a mentorship program for young girls on Facebook, which is growing and giving back to young speed skating enthusiasts.
Catching up on Emerson’s inline speed skating schedule required a conversation with her mom, Rachel Tate-Study, who keeps up with her schedule and drives her to and from school and practices.
“Her most recent event was a couple weeks ago in Sarasota, Florida,” Rachel said. “She skated the Florida Inline Marathon. She completed the marathon at 1:32, which was a personal best and landed her third place in her age group.”
The marathon had 472 skaters from all over the US. and internationally. Emerson’s dad, Jack Study, who is also her coach, accompanied her plus eight other teammates, who completed the marathon as well.
“All of them either placed or came in the Top 10 of their age groups, topping speeds over 25 mph,” Rachel added.
Emerson’s schedule brings her to the next competition which will be The Texas Roundup held in Waco in November over Thanksgiving weekend.
“There will be skaters from all over the USA; lots of racing will take place,” said Rachel. “They have indoor racing, relays, outdoor racing on a 400-meter track and a half-marathon.”
Emerson’s grandmother, Gloria Tate, is the owner of Humble Family Skate Center, which has been family owned and operated since 1977. Rachel Tate-Study is the general manager.
“Emerson has been at the rink literally her whole life and had skates on as soon as she started walking at 10 months old,” recalled her mom. “Then she was introduced to inline speed skates at about 18 months. She started competing at the national level at 5 years old. She often asks what her life would be like if we didn’t have the rink. We tell her she would be bored.”
Emerson is so busy with skating, training, working and school, she doesn’t have much extra time for other interests, however, she loves art, sketching and painting. Emerson’s role model is Kelsey Rodgers. “She is an amazing skater that has also started at a young age. She is in Columbia, as we speak, for world competition and this is her 10th time to be on Team USA, which is one of Emerson’s goals. To be on it once would be huge!” Rachel commented.
In addition to having her dad as her coach, Emerson has had extra training from Coach Sooty from Denmark, and has attended training camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs five or six times.
What is a schedule like for an active inline-speed-skating middle schooler?
“She has a very busy schedule,” explained Rachel. “She skates indoor practice three times a week for two hours, outdoor training usually Saturday mornings between 12 to 25 miles and she does off skate training three times per week with Kyle Luce with Alphaflex. That happens to be right across from the rink. He has been a great addition to her training. He pushes her to be her best but keeps it fun as well.”
Emerson’s current plans and hopes would be to attend Rice University majoring in engineering. “This is her second year taking engineering classes at school, and she thinks that it could definitely lead into a future career,” added Rachel.
Emerson created Be You Mentor Program for Skaters, which is a Facebook mentorship group for young girls that is continuing to grow steadily.
In December 2020, Empower Roller Sports, a company owned by Brian and Heather Krupa, asked Emerson to design a skate suit for their Rollerstar clothing line. Her design earned second place and she was asked to lead her very own national Facebook group for aspiring and tenured skating females ages 5-18. She recently created a new uniform that is being sold through Empower Roller Sports, her sponsors.
For more information about Emerson Study and her rocketing inline speed skating career, follow her on two Facebook pages: Emmy Speed Queen — EmersonElite speed skater and Be You Mentor Program for Skaters.