Long Track Speed Skating
The roots of ice skating date back over 1,000 years to the frozen canals and waterways of Scandinavia and the Netherlands when men laced animal bones to their footwear and glided across frozen lakes and rivers.
Credit for the first pair of all-iron skates goes to a Scotsman who invented them in 1592. The iron blade accelerated the spread of speed skating and in 1642 the Skating Club of Edinburgh was formed. In 1763 the world's first organized speed skating race, which covered a distance of slightly more than 24 kilometres, was held on the Fens in England.
Long track speed skating has been part of the Canada Games since the first Canada Winter Games in 1967 in Quebec City with the exception of the 1987 and 1991 Canada Winter Games. Short track speed skating was first introduced at the 1983 Canada Winter Games in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Québec.
The provinces and territories will be represented by four males and four females. The athletes are born between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 2004.
Great Chief Park will host a variety of long track speed skating events. Male athletes will compete in six events: 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, team pursuit (eight laps) and mass start (10 laps). Female athletes will also compete in six events: 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, team pursuit (six laps) and mass start (10 laps).
Catriona LeMay Doan