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Olympic Events - Long Track Speed Skating
Speed skating has been an event in the Winter Olympics since the first winter games in 1924. But women weren't allowed to speed skate until 1960. Skaters can reach speeds of more than sixty kilometers per hour!
Men can skate up to ten thousand meters, and women five thousand meters. Winter Olympic skaters will be skating on a four hundred meter oval rink. The rink is in Richmond.
Speed Skaters wear a colored band on their arm so the judges can tell what team they're on. The skaters also wear skintight uniform, sometimes with a hood or helmet, and goggles. The best type of skate to use is a clap skate. It's a skate that has a hinge at the heel, allowing the skater to skate better by keeping the length of the blade on the ice.
If someone has a false start, they are disqualified. Skaters take a draw for the starting order. Canada has won twenty-eight medals for speed skating. Six gold, ten silver, and twelve bronze. Norway has won the most , seventy-nine medals.
When speed skaters compete, there are only two people on the ice. The skaters get timed, and skate laps around the rink as fast as they can. The person that crosses the finish line in the shortest time, wins. Speed skating is the fastest man-powered sport, without electronic equipment. So this year don't forget to watch speed skating in the 2010 Winter Olympics!!!
Article posted January 14, 2010 at 09:56 AM •
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