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Posted on: February 22, 2010

Speed Skating

Speed skating is a competitive form of ice skating in which the competitors race each other in traveling a certain distance on skates. Types of speed skating are long track speed skating, short track speed skating and marathon speed skating. Short track speed skating involves 111m ovals like on a hockey rink. In the Olympic Games, long track speed skating is usually referred to as just “speed skating,” while short track speed skating is known as “short track.” The ISU, the governing body of both ice sports refers to as “speed skating” and short track as “short track speed skating”. Long track speed skating is performed on ice  it is called this because a 400m oval is used, it is one of two Olympic forms of the sport and the one with the longer history. An international federation was founded in 1892, the first for an winter sports. The sport enjoys large popularity in the Netherlands and Norway. The are top international rinks in a number of other countries including Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China, and Russia. A World Cup circuit is held with events in those countries and with two events in Thialf, the ice hall in Heerenveen, the Netherlands.



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