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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
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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