There's no question that speed is the name of the game in Speed Skating. These athletes train a great deal in order to make their movements mechanically sound, because every unnecessary movement could be a potential second lost, leaving the athlete that much farther from the finish line. Speed Skating has been a staple sport in the Arctic Winter Games since 1984 when it made its first appearance at the Games in Yellowknife, NWT.
Because the corners are tight and it can be difficult for skaters to maintain control, the boards must be covered by protective mats attached to the boards as well as to each other.
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