See Article History Speed skating, the sport of racing on ice skates that originated in the Netherlands, possibly as early as the 13th century. The blade of the modern speed skate is longer and thinner than that of the hockey or figure skate.
ISU development[ edit ] Jaap Edenthe first official world champion Organized races on ice skates first developed in the 19th century.
Norwegian clubs hosted competitions fromwith races in the town of Christiania drawing five-digit crowds. Five years later, a sports club in Amsterdam invited to an ice skating event they called a world championship participants from Russiathe United States and the United Kingdomas well as the host country.
The Internationale Eislauf Vereinigung, now known as the International Skating Unionwas founded at a meeting of 15 national representatives in Scheveningen inthe first international winter sports federation. The Nederlandse Schaatsrijderbond was founded in  and organised the world Speed skating of and Skaters started in pairs, each to their own Speed skating, and changed lanes for every lap to ensure that each skater completed the same distance.
Competitions were exclusively for amateur skaters. Peter Sinnerud was disqualified for professionalism in and lost his world title. World records were registered since and improved rapidly: Jaap Eden lowered the world metre record by half a minute during the Hamar European Championships in The record stood for 17 years, and it took 50 years to lower it further by half a minute.
Other outdoor races developed later, with Noord-Holland hosting a race inbut the Dutch natural ice conditions have rarely been conducive to skating.
The Elfstedentocht has been held 15 times sinceand, before artificial ice was available innational championships had been held in 25 of the years betweenwhen the first championship was held in Slikkerveerand Since artificial ice became common in the Netherlands, Dutch speed skaters have been among the top long track speed skaters and marathon skaters in the world.
Another solution to still be able to skate marathons on natural ice became the Alternative Elfstedentocht. The Alternative Elfstedentocht races take part in other countries, such as AustriaFinland or Canadaand all top marathon skaters as well as thousands of recreative skaters travel from the Netherlands to the location where the race is held.
According to the NRC Handelsblad journalist Jaap Bloembergen, the country "takes a carnival look" during international skating championships, despite the fact that "people outside the country are not particularly interested. Speed skating at the Winter Olympics At the Olympic Congress, the delegates agreed to include long track speed skating in the Olympicsafter figure skating had featured in the Olympics.
However, World War I put an end to the plans of Olympic competition, and it was not until the winter sports week in Chamonix in —retroactively awarded Olympic status—that ice speed skating reached the Olympic programme.
It was the only time an allround Olympic gold medal has been awarded in speed skating. Norwegian and Finnish skaters won all the gold medals in World Championships between the world wars, with Latvians and Austrians visiting the podium in the European Championships.
At the time, North American races were usually conducted packstyle, similar to the marathon races in the Netherlands, but the Olympic races were to be held over the four ISU-approved distances.
The ISU approved the suggestion that the Olympic speed skating competitions should be held as packstyle races, and Americans won all four gold medals.
Canada won five medals, all silver and bronze, while defending World Champion Clas Thunberg stayed at home, protesting against this form of racing.Speed Skating Canada’s National Team Coach Bart Schouten will speak at Academy Coach on September 7th in Fort St John.
Academy Coach is a FREE education initiative targeted to all BC coaches. Parents and skaters are . News about Masters International Speed Skating Competitions and Informations about the ISU Masters Speed Skating Group (IMSSG). Masters are Seniors from 30 years divided into 5 year age groups.
Sheffield Speed Skating Oval Named after James C. "Bunny" Sheffield, a member of the "Grand Slam" skating team from Lake Placid, which won the International Speed Skating Championships, and great promoter of Lake Placid as an international sports center, the Oval is most famous as the site of Eric Heiden’s legendary performance at the Olympic Winter Games.
Avenue Juste-Olivier 17 Lausanne Switzerland. Tel +41 21 66 66 Fax +41 21 66 The Canadian long track team earned its first medal of the World Cup season, a bronze in the men’s team sprint event, on the final day of competition at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating #1 .
Katie Couric is being mocked for saying the Netherlands dominates speed skating because it's 'an important mode of transportation' in Amsterdam.