About the Olympics Games
The Olympic Games are a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition. The Games are currently held every two years, with Summer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, although they occur every four years within their respective seasonal games.
Speed Skating as an Olympic sport
The 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary marked short track’s debut as a demonstration event, in which a number of Canadian athletes stepped on the podium, and full-medal status followed at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville. Long track speed skating was contested at the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924. Since then, Canadian speed skaters have been very successful through the years at the Winter Olympic Games, winning numerous medals.
At the beginning, only the men were allowed to participate. It was only in 1932, at the Lake Placid Games, that the women were authorized to participate in the speed skating events, which was then still a demonstration event. We had to wait until the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley to see women speed skating makes its official entrance in the Olympic program.
Since the beginning of the speed skating Olympic story, the performances of our skaters have been overwhelming, winning numerous medals for our country. Please visit the records section for all Canadian speed skating Olympic records.
2014 Canadian Delegation
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