|: To me the focus is on the challenge, the FEELING, the ride, the thrill, the freedom, the speed.
You got the point. I have come to the conclusion that you only "get" it by doing it. Therefore more roller skaters skating will be good for us, people not skating but wanting to "build the sport" or to "train the athletes" or "do the headlines" will ultimately hurt it. They are not in it for the reason you summarized so nicely in above sentence. You will never get the FEELING by not feeling it.