Introduction Equipment

Winter Olympics 2002
You are in: Event Guide
Front Page 
Alpine Skiing 
Other Skiing 
Ice Hockey 
Luge & Skeleton 
BBC Coverage 
Photo Galleries 
Venue Guide 
Event Guide 
Team GB 
Ones to Watch 
Olympic Quiz 

Ace Powder's Mountain Mayhem

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather

Event GuideBanner
 Alpine Skiing  Freestyle Skiing  Bobsleigh
 Biathlon/Cross Country Skiing   Figure Skating  Snowboarding
 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined   Speed Skating  Curling
 Luge/Skeleton  Ice Hockey  
Speed Skating
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

© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics

Alpine Skiing | Other Skiing | Skating | Ice Hockey | Bobsleigh
Luge & Skeleton | Snowboarding | Curling | Paralympics

Features | BBC Coverage | Photo Galleries

Venue Guide | Event Guide | Team GB | Ones to Watch | Olympic Quiz