Short Track Speed Skating
Sochi Olympics 2014
How the game is played, and the rules of the game!!
There are two different types of short track: Individual Events, and Team Events. You compete on an elimination basis. The first person to cross the finish line is the winner; time is not a factor in short track.
Individual Skating: 32 racers compete in groups of four athletes at a time. After the race, the top two racers are identified and they then go on to compete in the next round. This process is continued until the final four racers are identified. The final four then go on and compete for the medals.
Relay Skating: The relay involves eight teams of four each. The team then decides how many laps each individual skater will skate. The only exception is when you come to the last two laps, which have to be raced by the same skater (as long as this skater has not been injured.) The first two teams from each semi-final will go to the finals.
What you need to play!!
Each skate is made unique for each racer. The skates are made to especially fit the sole of your foot and your ankle while racing. The blades are extremely sharp and they are 40-46 cm long.
Skaters wear special stiff gloves for on the ice so that when you are skating, you don’t get cut by the blades.
Short track helmets are made from a special plastic to protect athletes from any head injuries.
Special skin tight suits that mold to the skaters skin to reduce the wind resistance.
Knee, elbow, and neck guards are often needed for additional protection.
Events and results!!
Silver- Dajing Wu
Bronze- Charle Cornoyer
Men's 1,000m: Gold- Victor An
Silver- Vladimir Grigorev
Bronze- Sjinkie Knegt
Men's 1,500m: Gold- Charles Hamelin
Silver- Tianyu Han
Bronze- Victor An
Men's 5,000m relay: Gold- Team Russia
Silver- United States
Women's 500m: Gold- Jianrou Li
Silver- Arianna Fontana
Bronze- Seung-Hi Park
Women's 1,000m: Gold- Seung-Hi Park
Silver- Kexin Fan
Bronze- Suk Hee Shim
Women's 1,500m: Gold- Yang Zhou
Silver- Suk Hee Shim
Bronze- Arianna Fontana
Women's 3,000m relay: Gold- Korea