speed skating


speed skating

noun

: the sport of racing on ice skates

Full Definition of SPEED SKATING

:  the sport of racing on skates
speed skater noun

First Known Use of SPEED SKATING

1885

speed skating

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sport of racing on ice skates. The blade of the speed skate is longer and thinner than that of the hockey or figure skate. Two types of track are used in international competition. The long track is a 400-m (about one-quarter mile) flattened oval (straight sides and curved ends) on which two skaters race simultaneously. In long track the race is against the clock rather than the opponent. The short track, a more recent development, is a 111-m (364-ft) oval on which four to six skaters race during each heat. Short track is a race to the finish line. Long-track speed skating was included in the first Winter Olympics in 1924; short-track skating was added in 1992.

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