The juxtaposition of speed and potential spills makes this one of the most thrilling of all Olympic Winter sports. It is also one of the few events where competitors race directly against each other rather than against the clock.
Short track differs in several ways from conventional speed skating, particularly in the obvious differences in the size of the track, with a shorter, smaller track which tightens corners as skaters reach speeds of over 30mph.
The sport was officially introduced into the Olympic Programme at Albertville 1992 where there was one individual and one relay event for both men and women. At Salt Lake 2002, men’s and women’s 1500m events were added to the programme.
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