Speed skating has been part of the Olympics since the first
Winter Games in 1924. At first, only men raced, but in 1960,
four women's speed skating events were held at the Olympic
Winter Games in Squaw Valley. The women's 5000 meter event
was added to the Olympic program in Calgary in 1988, completing
the 10 events that will be currently raced in Salt Lake City:
500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m. Each race (for both men
and women) has a slightly different rule for winning. The
2002 Speed Skating events will be held in the 6,000 seat Utah
Olympic Oval which is the world's highest-altitude indoor
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International Skating Union (ISU) was founded in 1892
in Scheveningen, Netherlands, and has governed speed
skating since its inception.
skating giant, Eric Heiden (Madison, Wisconsin) produced
the greatest single feat in Winter Olympic history
when he won all five events at the 1980 Lake Placid
only other person besides Heiden to sweep available
speed skating medals was Lydia Skoblikova of the Soviet
Union. Not only did she win double golds at Squaw
Valley, she returned to Innsbruck in 1964 to win gold
medals in the 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m events.
the winter of 1997, klap skates were introduced. These
skates featured a spring-loaded front hinge, which
allowed skaters to raise their heels off the blade.
The skate got its name from the clapping sound made
when the blade reconnects with the metal base.
1960, Squaw Valley Winter Olympics, women’s speed
skating events were added to the Olympic event roster.
Winter Olympic Sports
Olympians will compete in dozens of sports this winter. Even
though Gateway to the Winter Games can't feature them all,
you can learn about each and every one by visiting the sites
Publishing Group's Official Olympic Sports page
This K-12 education Internet site is filled with Olympic
facts, lesson plans, athlete profiles and more.
This official site of the International Olympic Committee
reports Olympic schedules and features an excellent Olympic
Sportsline's Olympics 2002
Get top news stories and in-depth features about every sport.
In addition to news on every sport, this site contains athlete
Select a sport to study or hear firsthand from an athlete
who plays it.
Lake 2002 Winter Olympics
This is the Official 2002 Winter Olympic site for Salt Lake.
This site has schedules, sports outlines, athlete bios,
and much more.
Salt Lake Winter Games 2002
Get a countdown to the games, with background on some of
the different sports and the participating athletes.
States Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Team site includes athlete bios,
diaries, and pictures. Also, check out the exciting video
and audio clips of the various athletes in action.
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