Speed Skating
It is believed that skates were developed about 3000 years ago in Scandinavia. In the Netherlands, skating served as a way to travel over the canals in winter and the Dutch are still among the world's most avid skaters.

Although the Netherlands is the birthplace of speed skating, the first known skating competition is thought to have been held in 1676.

Competitions sprung up across the northern part of Europe shortly after, but the first official speed skating events were not held until 1863 in Oslo, Norway.

In 1889, the Netherlands hosted the first World Championships, bringing together the Dutch, Russians, Americans and English. Speed Skating has been a part of the Olympic programme since the 1st Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix Mont Blanc in 1924.

Originally only men participated, but women's events were included in the 1960 Squaw Valley Games.
LIST Events
MEN
  10000m
  1000m
  1500m
  3200m Team Pursuit
  5000m
  500m
  70 laps Mass Start
WOMEN
  1000m
  1500m
  2800m Team Pursuit
  3000m
  50 laps Mass Start
  5000m
  500m
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