Speed skating in Belgium is an exciting Olympic sport. Speed skating originated in Northern Europe and the Netherlands.

The roots of ice skating date back over thousands of years. They used to use canals to maintain communication by skating between villages. Short-track speed skater reach speeds of 30 mph and they race around an indoor 111-meter track. In typical  international competitions, four to six skaters are on the ice at any given time and winners are determined by order of finish. The race begins with the sound of a starter’s pistol firing. If a skater moves from the line before the pistol is fired, it is a false start and athletes have to restart. A skater responsible for two false starts is disqualified. Skaters can pass on the inside or outside of a competitor, but they must stay on the track. If they skate inside the boundaries defined by the track markers, they will be called for off-tracking. The skaters equipment consist of armband colours, blades, glasses, the clap skate and they also wear a racing suit. Speed skaters skate in professional, amateur, cup games, international competition and Olympic Games leagues. The sport of speed skating has advanced since it originated in the 13th century.  Speed skating appeared for the first time in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. Initially, only men were allowed to participate. It was only at the Lake Placid Games in 1932 that women were authorized to compete in speed skating. Belgium competed in the World Championships for speed skating in 2015.  Bart Swings and Jelena Peeters were 2 single speed skating champions. Speed skating is a thrilling sport that has grown in interest over time.       


 


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