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Speed Skating
Ice Sports

Speed Skating

Olympic Debut : 1924

The Outline

Speed skating involves two athletes wearing skates that start simultaneously and compete speeding on a 400m ice track. The 400m course distinguishes the "in" course from "out" course. A team of two skaters are supposed to change lanes in a specified section in every circle, with the skater that started in the "out" course coming to the "in" course and vice versa. The Winter Olympics presents a total of 12 events for men and women.

One Round : 400m / Start Line 10000m / Finish Line 1000m / Start Line 500m / Start Line 3000m, 5000m, / Start Line 1000m / Start Line 1500m / Finish Line 500m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m, 10000m / Start Line 1500m / Start Line 1000m / Start Line 3000m, 5000m / 30m, 26m
Men

Men

  • 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m, Team Pursuit and Mass Start
  • Team pursuit : Two teams of three athletes each start out from opposite sides and skate eight laps. Ranking is based on the time that the third skater passes the finish line.
  • Mass Start : Maximum 28 skaters race for 16 laps in an open racing track(without designating inner or outer lanes for a particular athlete). During the race, there are three intermediate sprints every 4 laps. At each intermediate sprint, the first three skaters will gain 5 – 3- 1 points. Then, at the last sprint, the first three skaters will gain 60 – 40 – 2- points. The competitors who are the first three to cross the finish line win the race.

Ladies

  • 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, Team Pursuit and Mass Start
  • Team pursuit : two teams of three members athletes start out from opposite sides and skate six laps. Ranking is based on the time that the third skater passes the finish line.
  • Mass Start : Maximum 28 skaters will race for 16 laps in an open racing track(without designating inner or outer lanes for a particular athlete).. During the race, there are three intermediate sprints every 4 laps. At each intermediate sprint, first three skaters will gain 5 – 3- 1 points. Then, at the last sprint, first three skaters will gain 60 – 40 – 2- points. The competitors who are the first three to cross the finishing line will win the race.
Ladies