Speed skating started as a rapid form of transportation across frozen lakes and rivers. It made its debut on the Olympic programme at the 1924 Winter Games where it became a competitive form of ice skating. The competitors race each other by traveling a certain distance on skates.

Types of speed skating are long track speed skating, short track speed skating, and marathon speed skating.

Short-Track Speedskating Skaters lean deeply into their turns.

Vancouver 2010 Winter OG, Short track speed skating, 1000m Women - Final A, Meng WANG (CHN) 1st.

The skate’s blades are set off from the center of the sole in order to compensate for the angle of the body.

Short-Track Speedskating

Long-Track Speedskating Long-track racers use a “clap skate.” (Please see image below).  The mechanism allows athletes to push through the toe, gaining more leverage from each stride.

Tools of the trade.

Long-Track Speedskating Skaters.

Long track speed skating