Speed Skating

A relatively new sport, speed skating is the sport of racing on speed skates, usually around an oval course, in an attempt to finish first. Types of speed skating are long track, short track, and marathon. Questions about professional speed skaters, how to speed skate, and more are welcome here.

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How do they make ice skates?

There are three basic types of ice skates: hockey skates, figure skates, and speed skates.

Ice skates are constructed of leather, nylon, plastic, steel, and various other synthetic materials

Knit nylon and molded plastic are commonly used for hockey and speed skates.

The leather and nylon are specially treated for water-resistance.

Blades are generally made of tempered steel and coated with a high-quality chrome, though some blade manufacturers may add titanium to the metal.

4 The boot is shaped by placing it on a last, which is a plastic foot form corresponding to a particular shoe size and width.

First an insole is tacked onto the last.

Then the boot is pulled tight, by hand, over the bottom of the last.

A worker then makes sure that all wrinkles are eliminated, working from the arch to the heel then from the arch to the toe.

Tacks or cement adhere the arch, heel, and toe to the insole.

The boot, still stretched over the last, is placed into a drying chamber.

Heat is applied to set the boot to the length and width of the last.

The boot is placed upside down on a peg under an electric grinder to remove the leather finish from the boot bottom.

The grinding process causes a crevice to form across the middle of the boot bottom where the foot's natural arch occurs.

This crevice is packed with a synthetic filler and an 18-gauge spring-steel arch support shank.

A leather or rubber sole is then attached to the boot with a urethane base cement.

The heel (where applicable) is constructed by gluing square stacks of leather or water-repellent fiberboard on top of each other.

The heel is glued onto the boot and then six to ten long nails are driven through the heel, outsole, and insole.

Finally, the heel is trimmed and smoothed.

The sole and heel plates of the blade are lined up with the sole and heel area of the boot bottom.

A worker then screws the blade onto the boot using a high-speed drill on a foot-powered press.

Only a few of the screws are inserted into the boot; the remainder are packaged with the ice skates. This allows the skater to adjust the blade as necessary before the remaining screws are inserted and tightened.

However, the blades of skates fitted with rubber soles are permanently attached with rivets.

The completed skate is hand-polished and sprayed with a solution to make it shine. Laces are threaded through the eyelets.

The skates are then boxed for shipping.

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What is a stylish ice skating helmet?

they dont have figure skating helmets.

its useless

only hockey, and speed skating has helmets

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Does Apolo Anton Ohno have a girlfriend?

No, Apolo Ohno has stated in many interviews that, because of the 2010 Olympics, he has had no time for a relationship.

His last confirmed relationship was with Allison Baver, whom he dated from 2004-2006. It had been rumored that he had a relationship with Julianne Hough, his partner on "Dancing with the Stars" (although Hough has been falsely rumored to have "relationships" with several of her "Dancing with The Stars partners"). This rumor, which started in 2005, while he was dating Baver, still remains unconfirmed, although is most unlikely. Hough began dating Chuck Wicks 7/2008 and was later engaged to Chuck Wicks until 11/2009.

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Does Apolo Anton Ohno have a boyfriend?

No, he is not gay. He has publicly dated many women in the past. He has recently stated on his Twitter, when answering questions from fans, that he is "as single as can be."

Now that the 2010 Olympic games are complete, follow him on Twitter to find out.

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Why do people speed?

Because Ecstasy destroys the spinal cord.

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How fast do short track skaters go?

Between 30-40mph! They stay mostly in the 30mph range!

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Where is the longest outdoor skating rink?

The longest outdoor skating rink is the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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What is the importance of air resistance in speed skating?

Air resistance is extremely important in speedskating. A race can be decided on one one-hundredths of a second, so being as aerodynamic as possible is very important to reduce drag and skate faster.

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Can you bring ice skates on a plane?

Because the blades are sharp, and if in the wrong hands can end horribly. You have to put the skates in the suitcase that goes below the plane.

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How do you become a champion speed skater?

The key to reaching any goal, such as becoming a champion speed skater, is to get guidance or instruction and then practice, practice and then practice some more! Just like playing an instrument or writing or anything that you do in your life, practice and guidance are very important factors. You need to be able to be aware of how to let's say speed skate properly and by practicing, you'll improve your skills. You should remember this when your trying to reach any goal in your lifetime, especially if you want to be the champion. Anyone is capable of anything! =D

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Who is Jeremy Witherspoon?

Olympic speed skater.

It's "Wotherspoon."

Jeremy is a Canadian speed skater now retired from competition.

He was at his prime in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Wotherspoon

won many

international events in that era and is considered by many as being the best 1,000 and 1,500 meter speed skater

in the history of the sport. Wotherspoon

did not perform up to expectation in Olympic Games competition due to injuries and race mishaps.

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What are the best roller blades wheels made from?

That all depends on what your looking for... You get what you pay for.

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Is The Victoria the longest skating rink in Canada?

The longest skating rink in Canada is the Rideau Skateway in Ottawa, using the natural ice surface of the Rideau Canal from Rideau Street to Carleton University. It's annual season is from approximately January 1st to February 28th each year. The cleared length is 7.8 kilometres (4.8 miles) and has the equivalent surface area of 90 Olympic hockey rinks.

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What does the blade profile look like on a speed skate?

Answer
There are two basic types of speed skates: Short Track and Long Track. Long track boots are lower cut than short track boots, and the blade is also somewhat flatter than a short track blade.


Refer to the link for photos and further information.
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What is the difference using speed skates versus hockey skates?

the difference is the amount of blade that is touching the ice surface and the lbs per inch so with a longer blade it spreads the weight out more and you have less weight on your blades

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Olympics Speed Skating

What is Apolo Anton Ohno's sexual orientation?

He has publicly dated many women in the past. He has recently stated on his Twitter, when answering questions from fans, that he is "as single as can be."

He put dating on hold because, he explained, he did not have time to date while focusing on the Winter Olympic Games.

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How do they display the flags on the speed skating track at the Olympics?

Olympic Special Effects

It's the magic of technology

http://www.sportvision.com/ = A company called sportvision is responsible for many of the special effects you see at televised sporting events.

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Does Apolo Anton Ohno have a Tattoo?

According to a Q and A he did on his twitter, no.

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What is the difference between figure skating and ice skating?

Ice skating is more just skating for fun and figure skating is doing spins and jumps

Ice skating is any type of skating and figure skating is dancing on ice

Whoever put that is wrong! Ice Skating is a sport that just sums up every thing you do on ice... it is a category of all the skating activities on ice! True figure skating is like dancing and spinning (i should know i have won a figure skating Competition!) But it is just a category!

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Guinness World Records
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Who holds the record for the fastest 100 meter speed skate?

Unfortunately the 100m is not yet an official distance in the Olympics or World Cups. The shortest distance that you skate is 500m. For short track the record in the 500m is by Jeremy Wotherspoon from Canada at 34.03, for women it's Jenny Wolf from Germany with 37.00.

100 meter world record: 9.40 seconds (Yuya Oikawa). Ladies: 10.21 by Jenny Wolf.

In a 500 meter race, the first 100 meters are also clocked: the fastest there is 9.37 seconds (Masaaki Kobayashi) and 10.13 by Jenny Wolf.

That the first hundred meters time over 500 meter is faster than the official record, is probably due to the fact that 100 meters are rarely skated (I don't know if it still exists, I think it was a tryout), and 500 meters very often.

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Speed Skating

What does pi stand for on technogym fitness equipment?

From the technogym website:

Performance index

The Performance Index (Pi) was invented by Technogym to give a concise and easily comparable assessment of performance in a workout.A heart rate monitor must be worn for a minimum of 3 consecutive minutes to obtain a result.

The index is based on a rating scale ranging from 0 to 99. The higher the rating, the greater your aerobic capacity.

If your performance index increases, this means that you are exercising more intensely without increasing your heart rate.

The criteria used to calculate the performance index makes it possible compare tests taken by people of different ages.

The results can only be compared where the exercise duration and intensity are constant.

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When did speed skating become an olympic sport?

Speed skating has been an event in the Winter Olympics since the first Winter Games in 1924.

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How do athletes train for speed skating?

Mixture of alot of skating, with alot of gym work on their legs and abbs.

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Speed Skating

Is Katherine Reutter a Christian?

Yes, Katherine is a Christian; was baptized Methodist; attends church regularly.

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What country dominates short track?

south Korea watch them in action and youll see what i mean

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