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Speed Team Pursuit Added to 2006 Games
A New Olympic Skating Event

The International Olympic committed has decided make "Speed Skating Team Pursuit" an official event at future Winter Olympic Games.

On February 27, 2004 The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to include a SPEED SKATING TEAM PURSUIT event in the program of the Olympic Winter Games. By changing the Olympic competition schedule for Speed Skating so that the two 500 meter races would be skated in one day instead of being spread over two days, the International Skating Union (ISU) managed to free two days of competition, creating room for a team event.

Team Pursuit competitions have been organized at international level for over 20 years. ISU decided to include Team Pursuit races as a demonstration event at the World Junior Championships in 1996. The event quickly gained popularity and the level of performances has been increasing constantly. In 2006, it will be ten years since the ISU's recognition of Team Pursuit as an event at the ISU Championships, and it was felt the time was time to also include the event into the programme of the Olympic Winter Games.

What is Team Pursuit?
After visiting several speed skating Web sites, this is the best description I have been able to come up with for the speed skating team pursuit competition:
Three-member national teams compete with each other on a 1-lane track. The male teams skate 8 laps and the female teams skate 6 laps. The finishing time of the last finishing skater for each team determines the official time for that team. Teams are grouped based on expected performance, so the two teams with the best expected performance race last.
If you can add anything to this description, please post a note in our Speed Skating Forum.



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