You will hear a radio programme about the history of roller skating. For questions 9-18, complete the sentences.
Write your answers on a separate sheet, then check if they are correct!
History of roller skating
The country where the first roller skates were probably made was (9)____________ .
In 1760, John Merlin went to a ball in London playing a (10)___________ whilst on roller skates.
Unfortunately, John Merlin injured himself when he broke a (11) __________ at the ball.
In Germany, roller skating was used in a ballet called (12) ________ .
James Plimpton’s invention helped roller skaters to control the (13) _______ of their skates.
The first team sport to be played on roller skates was (14) __________ .
In Detroit in 1937, the first (15) ________ in the sport took place.
The use of plastics meant that both the (16) ________ and ________ of roller skates improved.
The musical Starlight Express was seen by as many as (17) _______ in London.
The speaker says that modern roller skates are now (18) ________ than ever before.