Extractions: Long Track History Olympic speed skating, or long track as it is known today, made its debut at the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, France and it has been a highlight of the Games ever since. Early Olympic competition was dominated by the Finns and Norwegians; however, the Americans invariably provided stiff competition. Canada's first Olympic speed skating medals were won in 1932 in Lake Placid. The medal count was one silver and four bronze for the men while the women, competing in demonstration events, captured one gold and two silver medals. A star of those Games was the legendary Lela Brooks, who in 1925 set six world records and in 1926 became the first all-around world champion. The 1972 Games were memorable because of the Dutchman, Ard Schenk, winner of three gold medals. For Canada, Sapporo stands out because it marked the Olympic debut of Sylvia Burka, Canada's greatest modern female speed skater. Inspired by her Olympic experience, Burka went on to enjoy an illustrious career which included three Olympic appearances and the World Sprint Championship title in 1976. Sprinter Cathy Priestner is another outstanding Canadian performer. She was the first Canadian woman to win an official Olympic medal, taking the 500m silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympic Games.
Extractions: Short Track History The sport of short track speed skating, characterized by the mass start, originated in Canada and the United States in 1905, with the first known competition to have taken place in 1909. By the 1920s and 1930s, crowds regularly packed New York's Madison Square Gardens in anticipation of the thrills and spills that characterize the sport. At the same time, it was gaining popularity in Great Britain, Japan, France, Belgium, and Australia. Short track speed skating became part of the ISU in 1967, although it would be some time before ISU-sanctioned competitions were organized on a world-wide basis. In the meantime, Great Britain, Belgium, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States competed among themselves. International competitions began in the 1970s and an official ISU competition was launched in 1976. In 1981, the sport's first World Championship was held at Meudon-la-Forêt, France.
ISU : History Some Key Dates in ISU history. Short Track speed skating was included in the officialprogram of the olympic Winter Games, held in Albertville (FRA). http://www.isu.org/vsite/vcontent/page/custom/0,8510,4844-130844-132152-20256-74
Extractions: Home History Figure Skating / Ice Dance Synchronized Skating ... Contact Some Key Dates in ISU History The International Skating Union (ISU) was founded in 1892 and is the oldest governing international winter sport federation. During the last half of the nineteenth century, informal international competitions in both Speed Skating and Figure Skating were organized occasionally in different parts of the world. The first modern Speed Skating competition was held in Norway in 1863 and the first major International Speed Skating race was held in Hamburg (GER) in 1885. In 1882, the first International Figure Skating competition took place in Vienna (AUT). With the emergence of international competitions, in both Speed Skating and Figure Skating, as well as the forming of skating clubs and of national associations, the need to establish international standards to govern these sports became more and more apparent. In July 1892, the Dutch association took the lead in calling for a meeting of representatives of all countries interested in international ice skating competitions. As a result, the first Congress convened in Scheveningen (NED) and the ISU was created. The fifteen delegates present at the time, all from Europe , began to establish firm rules, laying down the foundations for international competitions in both disciplines. With the addition of
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History Of Our Olympic Games Some information and a brief history of modern and ancient games.Category Sports Events olympics speed skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, speed skating (For more Now, ifyou go to an olympic games, you can you sitting next to the history of the http://kushkm.tripod.com/History-of-the-Olympics/
Extractions: Have you watched the Olympics on TV or better yet been there to experience it live? Did you ever wondered why the Olympics started? I did! If you want to be on or go to the Olympics, I think you first need to know about it. Why did the games start? At the original Olympics what games did they play? Also what games do they play today? Now, get ready for the world of the Olympics. Have you ever wondered how the Olympics started? In Olympia, Greece the Olympic Games were held every four years. First Olympic game was recorded in 776 BC; that was about 3,000 years ago. At that time this great festival took place to honor the Greek gods. Olympics were held during the great festival. My resources say Olympics were held to please the various gods. One God, in particular, the most important was called Zeus. The Olympics were called Olympiad in Greece. Now we know where the games are held, but we dont know what games they played? In the first thirteen Olympic games, there was only one event and that was the sprint. The sprint event was about one hundred and eight meters in length. Then later Pentathlon was added and it had different events. There was discus, javelin, jumping, running, and wrestling. After a while, they added Equestrian events and that included chariot racing and riding. The Ancient Olympics did have lots of events. They had two major events Equestrian and Pentathlon events.
Speed Skating Results speed skating Results. Gunda NiemannStirnemann, by 4 one-hundredths of a secondto win the gold medal in the closest women's 5000 m race in olympic history. http://weasel.student.utwente.nl/~speedskating/index.php?type=skater&skaterid=82
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Extractions: Claudia Pechstein became just the second speed skater to win three Olympic titles in a row. AP KEARNS, Utah (AP) Claudia Pechstein isn't flashy, just fast. The quiet German upstaged flamboyant countrywoman Anni Friesinger for the second time, winning Olympic gold in the 5,000 meters Saturday with a world-record time. Pechstein earned her second gold medal of these Games, and became only the second speed skater to ever win three consecutive Olympic titles in the same event. Bonnie Blair won the 500 in 1988, '92 and '94. "I was really happy to get gold in the 3,000," she said. "I didn't want to put pressure on myself in the 5,000. I'm very happy to have won." Pechstein, who turned 30 on Friday, skated the 12 1/2-lap race in 6 minutes, 46.91 seconds bettering by 2.31 seconds the mark set 90 minutes earlier by Gretha Smit of the Netherlands. "I definitely watched her race. That was a really, really good time," Pechstein said. "I knew I had to do my race very consistently."
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Cool Attractions - Olympic History been tallied, the International olympic Committee has Perhaps the history of theseprestigious games events such as figure skating, speed skating, Nordic skiing http://www.saltlakecity.coolattractions.com/history.html
Extractions: A Vintage Pair of Ice Skates 1924 marked the year of the first official Winter Games, and for the first time events such as figure skating, speed skating, Nordic skiing, bobsleigh, and ice hockey were held at a separate celebration than the Summer Games. Taking place in Chamonix, France, 294 competitors were involved in the first official Winter Olympics. The number of athletes participating in Salt Lake City is projected to be over 2,300. Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie made her debut at the 1924 Games, at age 12, and in 1928, 32, and 36 took home the gold medals. In 1937 Henie took advantage of her world popularity and appeared in her first movie. Her Hollywood career would last over 10 years. in Davos, Switzerland With the world at war in the 1940s the scheduled games in 40 and 44 were cancelled. As punishment for their roles in WW2, Japan and Germany's absence from Olympic ceremony would continue into the 1948 games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Twenty-eight countries participated enthusiastically, and it was clear that the games had survived both the world's conflicts, and the 12-year span between the last Olympics. The IOC awarded the 1976 Olympics to Denver, Colorado, but after two years of preparation and financial squabbling, the people of Colorado refused to fund the major event through public taxes. Innsbruck offered to host the Winter Olympics only twelve years since it last played the role, and the underplayed event went off peacefully and without excessive spending.
[Story Title Here] - [Sports] - CRI Online Yang Yang (A) created winter olympic history for China when she won the womens500 meter short track speed skating title at the Salt Lake City olympic http://english.cri.com.cn/english/2002/Feb/49992.htm
Extractions: Quick Find People in the Know Sports World China Horizons Voices from Other Lands Life in China ... In the Spotlight CRI Online Sports A Golden Dream Comes True Back to Sports Main Page Yang Yang (A) Creates Winter Olympic History for China She ended Chinas gold medal drought in the Winter Olympic when she won the womens 500 and 1,000 meters speed skating title at the Salt Lake City Games. She created Winter Olympics history for China. Yang Yang (A) created winter Olympic history for China when she won the womens 500 meter short track speed skating title at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games on February 16. It is Chinas first ever Winter Olympic gold medal since Chinese skaters and skiers made their debut at the Lake Placid Games in 1980. From the very start of the womens 500m final, Yang Yang jumped to lead the pack of five skaters throughout the race. In the final stretch after the last turn, Yang accelerated when her long-time rival and friend Evgenia Radanova of Bulgaria came from behind, trying to take the lead. Yang pushed hard to cross the finish line first in a time of 44.187 seconds: she cupped her face in her hands and wept tears of joy. Yang Yang had every reason to cry. Widely regarded as the person most likely to end Chinas gold medal drought in the Winter Olympics, she shouldered a heavy responsibility: she knew she had to beat her nerves before she beat others in the race.
KIAT.NET - SL|02 XIXth Olympic Winter Games history OF THE GAMES From 1924-2002, Chamonix to 3-LETTER olympic COUNTRY ABBREVIATIONS. Bobsleigh,BOBSLEIGH (3), Short Track speed skating, SHORT TRACK speed http://www.kiat.net/olympics/slc2002/
Extractions: FEBRUARY 8 - 24, 2002 On 16 June 1995 largest Olympic Winter Games in history comprising of 7 sports (15 disciplines) with 78 events (10 more than Nagano 1998) of which 41 are men's events, 34 women's and 3 mixed events (luge doubles, figure skating pairs and ice dancing). It was attended by 2527 athletes from 78 countries . The XIXth Winter Olympic Games were officially opened by George W. Bush , President of the United States of America. The Olympic Flame was lit by Mike Eruzione and the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning men's ice hockey team DAY-BY-DAY - Events per day, schedule, opening/closing ceremonies, mascots HISTORY OF THE GAMES - From 1924-2002, Chamonix to Salt Lake
KIAT.NET - Winter Olympic Games St Moritz 1928 in olympic history. Once again the Canadians absolutely dominated in hockey, winningthe gold medal while not allowing a goal. The 10,000m speed skating race http://www.kiat.net/olympics/history/winter/w02stmoritz.html
Extractions: IInd WINTER GAMES February 11 - 19, 1928 Mascot - none 25 countries, 464 athletes (26 women) 5 sports, 13 events Opening - President Edmund Schulthess Torch lit by - none The Swiss got the Games due to Holland backing out Another famous tourist resort, St. Moritz in Switzerland, played host to the second edition of the Winter Games. With the first Olympic Winter Games an enormous success, it was no surprise that the St. Moritz Games attracted an 84 percent increase in the number of participants including a 100% increase of female athletes. The Games started poorly due to extremely mild temperatures caused by the "fohn", the warm wind that sweeps the Swiss mountains from the south. The 1928 Winter Games in St. Moritz marked the first time Germany was allowed to participate in any Olympic competition after World War I; the Soviet Union was still notably absent. The Germans won a disappointing one bronze medal. Bobsledding was in the news at the 1928 Games. A new event, the skeleton sled, was upgraded from a demonstration sport and added to the program. In addition, teams in the four-man bobsled event had an option to include a fifth member. They all took up that option.
Mid-America Speedskating - Links is where Eric Heiden made olympic history in 1980 National Bandy Championships, andAggressive skating and Biking few indoor 400meter speed skating ovals in http://www.speedskate.org/links.asp
Extractions: The John Rose MN Oval is the largest outdoor skating facility in the world, featuring an 110,000 square foot slab of concrete used for ice-skating in the winter and inline skating in the summer and has hosted events such as World Cup Speedskating, World and National Bandy Championships, and Aggressive Skating and Biking competitions. Pettit National Ice Center - Milwaukee, WI
Usolympicteam.com 30Second history speed skating, like figure skating, grew out of the Long trackspeed skating was introduced at the first-ever olympic Winter Games in 1924 http://www.usolympicteam.com/sports2/ss/az_hist.html
Extractions: ~300 AD The first ice skates were created in northern Europe. They were used for transportation and made from wood, bone or antlers. Wood runners gave way to iron blades for skates. The first steel blades were created for skates, which allowed for an edge that did not need to resharpened as much as the iron blade. The first official speed skating World Championships were held in The Netherlands. The International Skating United was founded to govern the growing sport of skating, including speed skating and figure skating, in the world. Short track speed skating gained interest in North America with the first organized competitions.
Do You Believe In Olympic Moments? The truth is, Heiden turned in one of the most dominating individual performancesin olympic history, winning five speed skating gold medals at distances from http://www.usolympicteam.com/news/030101usoc_b.html
Extractions: (March 1, 2001) I was nine years old when Mike Eruzione and the boys beat the Russians and went on to win an improbable Olympic gold medal in Lake Placid in 1980 in hockey. Twenty-plus years later, it's hard to separate what might be my authentic memories from all the recountings and replays since, but I count the "Miracle on Ice" as one of my first sports memories. And it might just be the best. Remembering "The Miracle on Ice" got me thinking about other unforgettable Olympic moments since then. Admittedly, Bud Greenspan I am not. This is not an Olympic historian's list, but rather an Olympic fan's perspective. You'll notice the "glamour" sports dominate my list - I guess that's why they are glamour sports. But should a Jean Racine or a Todd Lodwick from Nordic combined break through with an Olympic moment of their own in 2002, they're sure to make not only history, but also my unforgettable moments. In chronological order, here's one man's vote for the 10 most memorable U.S. Olympic Winter Games moments since 1980. Do you agree? Did I miss someone? Let me know your thoughts by
OLYMPIC GLORY: FUN FACTS was 72 years old Ð the oldest medal winner in olympic history. The firstever officialmedals awarded at the olympic Winter Games were in speed skating. http://www.megasystem.com/olympicglory/fun.html
Extractions: Did You Know? Over 360,000 feet of Kodak large format film stock was shot in Nagano to make "Olympic Glory." "Olympic Glory" took three years to film, plan and complete. The six experienced large format film cinematographers who spearheaded the "Olympic Glory" team, Jack Tankard, Reed Smoot, T.C. Christensen, George Griner, and James Neihouse, each served as a director of photography on other large format film projects. This was the first time that so many of the industry's finest cinematographers worked together on one film project. "Olympic Glory" recorded a number of firsts: the first-ever screenplay by Thomas Keneally, acclaimed novelist of "Schindler's Ark" producer Frank Marshall's first foray into large format filmmaking the first large format film produced in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee. About the Olympic Winter Games
U.S. Leading Pack In Speed Skating US Leading Pack in speed skating Americans atop speed skating medal standings on pacefor their most successful speedskating venture in Winter olympic history. http://www.olympic-usa.org/CFDOCS/borg/newsTemplate.cfm?spID=56&newsID=535
Usolympicteam.com A brief history of roller skating from the US olympic Committee site.Category Sports skating Roller skating as a demonstration sport at the 1992 Summer olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.All aspects of roller skating roller hockey, speed skating and artistic http://www.olympic-usa.org/sports2/ro/az_hist.html
Extractions: N o one is really sure when the first roller skates were used. It is likely that the first roller skates were an adaptation of ice skates and were used for transportation rather than sport. The first recognized inventor of roller skates was a Belgian manufacturer named Joseph Merlin. He produced the first roller skates with metal wheels in 1760. He presented his invention in London at a formal ball and rolled across the floor playing an expensive violin. The story is told that because his skates were unable to be turned or stopped, he glided gracefully into a huge mirror and suffered serious injuries. The first time roller skates were "successfully" seen in public was in 1849, when Frenchman Louis Legrange used roller skates to simulate ice skating in the play Le Prophete. He created his skates by mounting tiny rollers down the center of ice skates. In the mid 1800s, a number of other inventors took up the call and many different types of skates were produced. All, however, suffered the same problems Merlin's skates had: the inability to be effectively controlled or stopped. New Yorker James Plimpton solved the problem of controlling skates in 1863. Plimpton's skates used a rubber cushion to anchor the axles. This cushion would compress when the body was leaned, enabling the wheels of the skate to turn slightly when the skater shifted his or her weight. Plimpton's design is considered the basis for the modern roller skate.