Short Track Speed Skating Competition Headed To Utah

In partnership with the International Skating Union (ISU), Utah Sports Commission, and U.S. Speed Skating, the Utah Olympic Oval will be hosting the World Cup Short Track Speed Skating competition on Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Race officials anticipate a field of 175 international short-track speed skating athletes representing up to 24 countries.

There are six World Cup competitions in the 2014-2015 season. The competition at Utah Olympic Oval is the first of the series followed by stops in Montreal, Canada; Shanghai, China; Seoul, Republic of Korea; Dresden, Germany; and Izmir, Turkey. The last time Utah hosted a short track World Cup event was in 2011.

"We are thrilled to have the Short Track World Cup back in Utah," said Ted Morris, executive director of U.S. Speedskating. "After receiving tremendous support from the Utah community around the 2014 speed skating Olympic trials, we know the fans will come out to see the stars of the 2014 Olympic Games competing here at the Utah Olympic Oval."

The ISU adopted short track speed skating in 1967 and officially started short track competitions in 1976. Short track became an official winter Olympic sport in 1992 and features men and women divisions competing in the following events: 500 meter, 1,000 meter, 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter and relays, 5,000 meter for men and 3,000 meter for women.

Different from long track speed skating where athletes compete in pairs, short track features a mass start with up to six skaters and high-paced, high-contact skating action. 

Read the full article here.