The first edition of the World Roller Games were held in Nanjing in 2017 and confirmed Europe as the dominant continent in world roller skating. With 181 medals out of a total of 283, European athletes absolutely dominated the competition, although paradoxically the first ranked country in the medal standings was Colombia with 25 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze medals. In contrast, Africa and Oceania only managed to win two medals each.
Athletes from 12 European countries managed to clinch a medal in Nanjing, primarily Italians, who accumulated 76 medals, more than any other country. Of these, 20 were gold, 25 silver and 31 bronze. France with 23 (10 gold, 10 silver and 3 bronze), Germany with 26 (9-8-9), and Spain with 22 (5-10-7) followed them in the medals table.
The other eight European countries that won medals in the previous edition of the World Roller Games were Portugal, Russia, Belgium, Latvia, Czech Republic, Poland, UK and Switzerland.
After the European skaters, athletes from the Americas were the big winners at WRG2017. They managed to rack up 75 medals, thanks mainly to the dominance of the Colombian athletes (48 medals in total), especially in the Speed events, where they scored 24 of their 25 gold medals. The USA (8 medals in total) and Argentina (11) were far behind the Colombians. Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador and Canada also managed to win one or two medals.
Seven Asian countries also stepped onto the winners podium in Nanjing. The Chinese hosts won 9 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals, although it was the Chinese-Taipei athletes who won most medals, 24 in total, with 4 gold, 8 silver and 12 bronze. Skaters from South Korea, Iraq, Japan, Thailand and India were also seen on the podium.
Africa and Oceania will try to claw their way back in Barcelona, given their poor performance in the previous World Roller Games. Senegal won the only two medals for the African continent (two gold), while Australia (one gold and one silver) and New Zealand (one bronze) saved face for Oceania.