Rules to play Speed Skating
This article is about ice speed skating. For speed skating on wheels, see inline speed skating. Spee
1. Armband colours
Skaters in the outer lane wear a red armband and skaters on the inner lane wear a white armband.
The part of the blade that comes in contact with the ice forms a straight line. Mens speed skating blades are generally 42 46 cm long. The longer the blade, the faster the skate up to a point where length would become an obstacle. The underside of the blade is only about 1mm thick.
Glasses protect skaters eyes from the wind and ice chips. The lens reduces glare and improves visibility of the track.
4. Clap skate
Unlike conventional skates, the heel of the clap skate blade is not attached to the boot, and the toe of the blade is affixed to the boot with a hinged apparatus. At the end of each stride, as the skater picks up the skate, the blade briefly disconnects from the heel of the boot, thereby keeping the blade on the ice longer and increasing the skaters pushing power. When the blade has fully extended, a spring mechanism mounted on the front of the boot snaps the blade back up to the boot, resulting in the clapping sound that gives the skate its name.
5. Racing suit
Skaters wear skin tight racing suits with hoods to decrease air resistance. Racing suits must conform to the natural shape of the skaters body. Insertion or attachment of forms or devices to create a different shape is not permitted.
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