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Long Track Speed Skating Primer

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The sport known as long track speed skating has become very popular over the years but originally it was created simply as a means of getting from one place to another. People who lived in the Scandinavian countries in the early 1900s’ found that “skating” on the ice could allow one to move at a much faster pace than simply walking. The first skates invented were nothing more than fragments of animal bones fastened to the souls of shoes but they proved to be quite effective moving across the ice.

. Rhythm is one of the main components in this sport whereby the participant swings his arms, alternating one at a time, to gain increased speed. The action takes place on a 400 meter oval ice rink on which skaters compete in pairs, skating counterclockwise and changing lanes one time each lap.

Speed skating (which is the term one would generally use instead of long track skating) became an Olympic sport in 1924 at the winter games that were held in France. This sport has become increasingly popular in the years since, especially in Norway and the Netherlands. Rhythm is one of the main components in this sport whereby the participant swings his arms, alternating one at a time, to gain increased speed. The action takes place on a 400 meter oval ice rink on which skaters compete in pairs, skating counterclockwise and changing lanes one time each lap.

The U.S. fans will be cheering for Trevor Marsicano who broke the world record for the 1,000 meter last March. Other U.S. athletes to watch for include J.R. Celski, Marcia Lamb and Rebekah Bradford. Host country Canada boosts some very strong athletes for this competition as well including Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt and Denny Morrison. The speed skating event is currently under way in the winter games.

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