Speed Skating is a thrilling Olympic sport where athletes race on ice, showcasing their agility, strength, and endurance. Originating in the Netherlands, it has been part of the Winter Olympics since 1924. Competitors wear specialized skates with long, flat blades for optimal glide and speed. Races occur in various distances, from 500 meters to 10,000 meters, including team pursuits and mass start events. Both men and women participate, with the Netherlands, Norway, and Canada dominating the medal count. Speed Skating demands exceptional technique, balance, and precision, making it a captivating spectacle for audiences worldwide.
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