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Speed Skating at the Winter Olympics

Speed Skating at the Winter Olympics refers to long track speed skating (as compared to Short Track Speed Skating), and has a longer history at the Olympics than the shorter version. Speed skating has been at the Winter Olympics since the first Games in 1924. Women's events were added in 1960 (though there was a women's speed skating demonstration in 1932).

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Speed skating events are held on a 400m oval track on ice. The races are held as time-trials with skaters starting in pairs. The skaters perform one inner curve and one outer curve on each lap, changing over on the back straight.

Speed Skating Events for Milan & Cortina d'Ampezzo 2026

There are 14 events in speed skating at the Winter Olympics.


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