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Speed Skating
 
Winter Wonder
  America’s Charles Jewtraw was the first ever Olympic winter gold medallist when he won the 500m speed skating title in 1924

There are 10 long track speed skating events - five each for men and women.

Men's events go from 500 metres-10,000m while the women's events range from 500m-5000m.

In each event, skaters race in pairs against the clock on a standard 400m oval.

Athletes are timed to the hundredth of a second as they skate counter-clockwise around the oval.

Short track skating consists of eight events - three men's and women's individual competitions (500m, 1000m and 1500m) and a men's and women's relay, both involving teams of four skaters.

Athletes race in packs and try to outskate and outwit fellow competitors within their heats.

The field is eventually narrowed to a handful of finalists. The first one to cross the finish line is the winner.

Individual heats feature four skaters at a time in a mass start. Athletes skate counter-clockwise, and the first two across the finish line advance to the next round.

Speed Skating

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