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Speed skating is a sport that started over 1000 years ago in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. In 1793, the first organized race took place in Edinburgh, Scotland. After iron blade skates were invented, racing became popular because of the speed the skates were able to give the racer. Long track speed skating was introduced to men in 1924 during the Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. It is known as a very popular winter sport today,and is enjoyed by many people around the world.
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Speed skating originated as a source of transportation for the vikings to cross frozen lakes and rivers.
Speed skating was the first major ice sport to be developed in Europe.
The first speedskating club in the US was formed in Philadelphia in 1849.
armbands, blade, glasses, clap skates, , and an awesome racing suit, to limit even air resistance!
What happens during a race and in a curve?
The skater starts by applying a force on the floor, pushing himself forward.(Newtons Third Law: Skater applies force on floor. Floor applies force on skater.) Once the skater starts to move, he will have kinetic energy, but his movement increases his velocity up to a point were he keeps his velocity to not "fall" out of the curve. During the skater's race, there will be no potential energy and only kinetic energy. In curves, the skater leans into it, so that he is applying a force perpendicular to the treck and directed towards the outside of the curve. By doing this, Newtons third law permits the skater to push himself through a curve without loosing to much speed.
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Ff is ice on skates and therefore the amount of friction is small!