"Nick" is Nick Esposito. For the last few years he has been a professional speedskater and is widely acknowledged to be Empire Speed's main threat to other clubs in races. He is also a member of "Team SK8DEAL" which is one of the many email-order speedskating supply companies. Last year in Holland, Nick was in a race and some skaters immediately in front of him crashed. Trying to avoid becoming part of the pileup, Nick attempted to vault the crash, but failed to "stick the landing". He fractured his lower left leg in several places, and broke his ankle. He is now mostly recovered and plans a full racing season this summer (he says his last one), although he still has a metal rod in his lower leg and a pin holding his ankle together. Nick is a very fast skater, but he could have benefited from studying the aggro skaters. :)