as a free-for-all on ice, Short Track skating is a blur of arms
and legs pumping furiously around a narrow oval - only slowing
slightly when skaters round the sharp turns at high speeds.
as an Olympic event at Albertiville in 1992, Short Track has quickly
risen as a star attraction to thrill spectators at the modern
races first caught on after speed
skating became an established amateur sport, at about the
time the first long-track world championships were held in 1889.
Three years later, the International Skating Union was founded in Holland to further the sport
and provide international governing rules.
February 2018 Olympic Short Track Skating Schedule & Medal Events
track only came into its own in the late 1970's, with the first
unofficial Short Track world championships, hosted in Quebec,
Canada soon followed by the first official Short Track World Championships
in Paris in 1981.
In 1988, short
track debuted at the Calgary Games as a demonstration sport and
only became an official Winter Olympic Sport in 1992 in Albertville.
speed skating consists of eight events in which skaters compete
not against the clock, but against each other. Men
and women skate in 500m, 1000m, and 1500m races, along with a
a 5000m relay for men, and a 3000m relay for women.
the strongest national competitors in the Short Track events hail
from Canada, South Korea, US, Japan and Italy.
DID YOU KNOW? Olympic short track fun facts
• At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Haralds Silovs of Latvia became the first skater in Olympic history to participate in both short track (1500m) and long track (5000m) speed skating, and the first athlete to compete in two different disciplines on the same day.
• Australian short track skater Steven Bradbury is known for one of the most improbable wins in Olympic history. In the final at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, favorite Apollo Anton Ohno and the three other skaters collided in an epic crash. The slower Bradbury skated right past the four skaters to cross the finish line, becoming Australia's first gold medalist in the Winter Olympics.
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