Speed Skating - The Games in Pyeongchang - Dutch Dominance
Are you ready to watch elite athletes take on each other, not the clock? If your answer is yes then get Speed Skating - The Games in Pyeongchang tickets here today at StubHub. The fact that this is a race, not a time trial introduces the wonderful elements of skill, bravery, strategy and, sometimes, luck. The Netherlands are notoriously dominant in this event and have an eye-watering 105 medals to their name in the history of the games, behind them are Norway with 80 and the US with 67.
What is Speed Skating?
The sport of speed skating made its first appearance in 1924 in Chamonix. As with most sports at this time, only men were allowed to compete initially. Women's speed skating was finally accepted into the Games in 1960. The first known speed skating competition ever is believed to have been held in Holland in 1676. The sport originated in the Netherlands as, in winter, people would skate along the frozen canals to communicate with neighbouring towns and also travel more quickly. In 1889, the Netherlands held the first World Championships which consisted of teams from the USA, Russia, Holland and England. If you want to see if the Netherlands can continue this dominance then get your Speed Skating - The Games in Pyeongchang tickets now. Similar to short track speed skating, speed skating takes place on a larger track (400m) and athletes have to race longer distances.