Roller skating is competitive sports. Quad roller skates are used by athletes in artistic skating, rink hockey and roller derby. Besides the shared sports equipment, the sports are very differently.
competitive roller sports are organized in national federations. Artistic roller skating is similar to figure skating on ice and inspires mainly young girls between 6 and 16 years of age. Also roller derby is dominated by all-female teams. But as a concept. The full contact sport encompasses third-wave feminism and is the fastest growing sport. In contrast to this rink hockey, or roller hockey, is rather declining. Young people are more attracted by ice-hockey like inline hockey.
Speed skating moved completely from quad skates to inline skates in the 1990s. Nevertheless a small and growing number of skaters loves this old-school speed skating and participates in long distance skating events and speed skating competitions.