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Short Track Speed Skating
Ice Sports Short Track Speed Skating
Olympic Debut : 1988

The Outline

Short track speed skating is a skating competition that takes place on a 111.12m track in a 60x30m ice rink. The ice rink is comparably shorter than the speed skating rink, so the sport is usually referred to simply as short track. As the winner is the first athlete who crosses the finish line, the sport requires more technique than power, more agility than durability. The Olympic Winter Games include a total of eight events for men and women.

One Round : 111.12m / Finish Line, Start Line 1000m,3000m·5000m relay, Start Line 500m, 1500m / more 4m, 7m, 8m, 1.5m, 28.85m

Description of the Events

  • Usually four athletes race in the 500m and 1,000m competitions while six to eight athletes race in the long-distance events of 1,500m or longer for mass start.
  • Only two or three athletes from each race can move forward to the next round.
  • As the competitions for Short track speed skating involve a lot of athletes racing on a short ice track, it allows for some bodily contact, but pushing other athletes or blocking them is regarded as an infringement.
  • Off-track, impeding, assistance, and kicking-out are prohibited.
  • Athletes who are disqualified for infringements of the rules are excluded from participating in the next round.


  • Individual: 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m
  • Team: Relay 5,000m


  • Individual: 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m
  • Team: Relay 3,000m