Speed skates

Speed skating 101: Equipment

Skate The skate consists of a blade, a shoe and a construction or binding device that connects the shoe to the blade. The device may allow a…

U.S. speed skaters team pursuit

Speed skating 101: Competition format

There are 14 speed skating events on the 2018 Olympic program, seven for men and seven for women. Men: 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, m…

Sven Kramer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Speed skating 101: Glossary

Allround A speed skating event in which men race 500m, 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m and women race 500m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m. The results fro…

Shani Davis at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Speed skating 101: Rules

Officials The following officials are necessary at the speed skating competition: •    Referee and one Assistant Referee •    One or two Sta…

Luge sled

Luge 101: Glossary

Artificial Track A track that has been specifically constructed for the support of luge, unlike a natural track, which is made from existing…

Gordy Sheer and Chris Thorpe in 1998

Luge 101: Origins and Olympic history

Origins Luge, which comes from the French world for sled, dates back to the 16th century in Switzerland as a method of transportation. It be…

2014 Olympic women's luge podium

Luge 101: Rules

Men’s and women’s singles Singles competition will take place over two days, with two runs per days. The four times will be added together, …