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Long and Short Tracks


Short and Long Track Events

       The world short and long track speed skating events held on ice are quite different. The size, length, and shape of the tracks require completely different facilities to host their competitions. Some long track events are performed on outdoor artificial ice surfaces. Both long and short tracks are regularly resurfaced with ice making machines that cut, scrape, and lay a sheet of water in one operation.

       Speed skating was introduced into the Winter Olympic games in 1916. Speed skating is an exciting athletic event that is practiced on two-lane oval tracks, 400-meters long. It is practiced in all-around, sprint, single-distance, team pursuit, and marathon events.

      Training and Racing Guide for In-Line and Ice Skaters by Barry Publow Paperback. This book provides a good single source of information for anyone considering taking up speed skating. This volume will show you how to choose the right skating club and how to test your developing skills in grassroots competition. It also provides a step-by-step coverage from basic speed skating fundamentals to more advanced training tips. Special features include:
  • Long track and short track skating;
  • In-depth profiles of the top international speed skating stars;
  • Great names in speed skating history;
  • Standard skates or clap skates -- which blades are right for you?;
  • Skating opportunities for beginning, advanced, experienced and challenged athletes.
Recommended Reading:

PDF A Parent's Guide to Speed Skating A Skating Canada guide to help in the development of athletes in all stages of speed skating.

Speed Skating Tips -
10 Ice Speed Skating Tips July 29, 2010   10 ice speed skating tips to help you improve your form, the most important thing to mention is safety.

Good Speed Skating Techniques and tips for practicing and perfecting those techniques. These tips came from a a long-time indoor and outdoor speed skating coach.

Ellis Edge Skating Tips   Welcome to our skating tips page. We hope you enjoy the tips.

Mid-America Speedskating - Tips & Techniques   Mid-America Speedskating Club, Sam Poulos - Coach.Unscientific Observations About 400 Meter Olympic Style Skating ... Travel Tips for Competitors.

Speed Skating for Beginners   An introduction to speed skating techniques plus tips for practicing and perfecting those techniques. These tips came from a a long-time indoor and outdoor speed skating coach.

Speed Skating gloves  Many short track speed skaters touch the ice with their left hand (finger tips only) while skating through the turns.

Tightening the Turns in Speed Skating: Lessons in Centripetal  Feb. 7, 2011  Enjoy the thrill and pace of speed skating. What is important is the fastest time to finish a race on ice or a wooden track.

Author Jim Fink, is a Seattle inline speed and fitness skater. He is not a competive speed skater. He wrote these article at a time he had two years experience as an inline skater. He described his skills as somewhere between a recreational skater and a speed demons.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Tips for Skaters
Training Tips for Ice Sports
PDF Strength Training Tips/Techniques
Ice Hockey Tips
Speed Skating Tips
Figure Skating Tips
Curling Tips

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