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Speed Skating

This page draws together speed skating-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics speed skating.  View the Speed Skating Fact Sheet

Speed Skating today is a lifetime fitness sport for individuals of all ages. Speed Skating provides both cardiovascular and aerobic benefits as well as improving muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Today, the sport can be enjoyed year round with indoor skating facilities found throughout the world. Probably the BEST type of Speed Skating is that which is done outdoors, challenging the skater against the elements of nature that try to test the skater's skill, fatigue and desire to race the wind. As a recreational and competition sport, Ice Speed Skating offers the potential for social integration for both training and competition experiences within multi-level Special Olympics competition experiences as well as training and competition experiences through this sport's National Governing Body.

Speed Skating News and Stories

febrero 26, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Italy

La experiencia más hermosa de mi vida

By Giovanna, Team Italy

Team Italia se reunieron muchos atletas y algunos de ellos querían hablar acerca de sus experiencias.View Story En la Cumbre Mundial de la Juventud 2013 en los Juegos Mundiales de PyeonChang, Team Italia se reunieron muchos atletas y algunos de ellos querían hablar acerca de sus experiencias. Uno de ellos es Daniela de Alabama, EE.UU.. Ella tiene 45 años y llegó a Corea del Sur para el patinaje sobre hielo. Ella nos dijo que en sus 21 años de participación en Olimpiadas Especiales ha ganado más de 100 medallas. Al final, ella confesó que su mejor experiencia con el SO fue sin duda uno del mundo llegó a jugar en Corea.

About Giovanna, Team Italy:Giovanna, Sofía y Martina, estamos participando en la Cumbre de la Juventud de activación global, y estamos plenamente disfrutando de esta experiencia extraordinaria. Es realmente emocionante.
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junio 10, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

Encontrar el éxito dentro y fuera del hielo

By Kate McKenna

Rory en la pista de patinaje

People who see Rory Kinane at the skating rink think he’s a natural on the ice -- but it didn’t start out that way. His coach remembers how Rory would try to run on the ice, like he was running a regular road race. There were slips and falls, but Rory didn’t give up.View Story La gente que ve Rory Kinane de Carolina del Norte en la pista de patinaje piensan que es algo natural en el hielo - pero no comenzaron de esa manera. Su entrenador recuerda cómo Rory podría tratar de correr sobre el hielo, como si estuviera corriendo una carrera regular de las carreteras. Hubo resbalones y caídas, pero Rory no se rindieron. Había practicar y practicar - hasta que él lo hizo bien. Ahora empuja el hielo, y se desliza un poco de velocidad seria detrás de él. "Rory le gusta ir rápido", dice el entrenador Tappie Dellinger. Y eso es una buena cosa, ya que la velocidad y la dedicación han conseguido Rory un lugar en las Special Olympics el equipo de EE.UU. para los próximos Juegos Mundiales de Invierno. Discapacidad intelectual de Rory puede hacer que sea difícil para él para llevar a cabo algunas cosas. Sin embargo, Special Olympics ha ayudado a aprender la disciplina y encontrar el éxito, que también ha sido ayudándole fuera del hielo. Fue el padre de Rory - un fan del hockey - que consiguió él participó en las Special Olympics. Los dos hicieron todo juntos. El padre de Rory falleció el año pasado y la pérdida le ha golpeado duro. La madre de Rory dice Special Olympics ha sido una verdadera bendición en estos momentos difíciles, tanto para Rory y su hermano, que también está en atleta de Special Olympics. "Ellos han estado distraídos de una manera positiva, ganando habilidades y confianza en sí mismo."

About Kate McKenna:Directora de editorial y multimedia, Special Olympics, Washington, DC.
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Upcoming Events




ene 21 - 25 2015

John L Cassidy Heartland Winter Games

Join us January 21-25 in various locations across Missouri as our athletes showcase their skill in alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross county skiing, figure skating and speed skating competition. Skiing, Snowshoeing and Cross County will be held at the Snow Creek Ski Area in Weston, Missouri. Figure skating and speed skating will be held at Bode Ice Area, St. Joseph, Missouri. Floor Hockey competition will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Sapp Field House. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. Hope to see you there!
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Snow Creek Ski Area; Bode Ice Arena; Univ of Nebraska at Omaha
Weston, Missouri

ene 29 - 2 2015

2015 Provincial Winter Games Speed Skating Competition

Special Olympics Ontario is hosting our 2015 Provincial Winter Games from January 29 – Feb 1st, 2015 in North Bay, Ontario. We have a few spaces available in our Speed Skating Competition and would like to extend an invitation to your speed skating athletes to attend. Cost $50 per athlete which includes 3 nights of accommodation, all meals, opening and closing ceremonies, athlete’s victory dance and ground transportation once you arrive at the games. Teams are responsible for their own travel to and from the event. As this is a qualifying competition for National Games for us, we require all athletes to use regulation speed skates. Hockey skates will not be permitted. For more details use the link below. Contact Juli Prokopchuk Brattan using the contact information below by November 1st if you are interested in attending.
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North Bay, Ontario
North Bay, Ontario

mar 2 - jun 2 2015

State Winter Games

The 2015 Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games presented by Wertz Warriors will be February 3-6, 2015 in the greater Traverse City area. Alpine Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Downhill; Cross Country Skiing at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: 50M, 100M, 250M, 500M, 1K, 3K, 5K; Figure Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: Compolsury and Freestyle; Snowboarding at Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom; Snowshoeing at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme: 30M, 50M, 75M, 100M, 200M, 400M; Speed Skating at Howe Ice Arena in Traverse City: 25M, 30M, 50M, 100M, 300M, 500M, 800M. For more information about the State Winter Games, including how to volunteer use the link below.
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan

feb 19 - 21 2015

2015 Special Olympics British Columbia Winter Games

Set be held in Kamloops February 19 to 21, the 2015 Special Olympics British Columbia Winter Games will feature 600 athletes from around the province going for gold in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating. SOBC athletes province-wide competed in Regional Qualifiers in 2014 to earn coveted spots in the 2015 Provincial Games. In Kamloops, athletes will compete for the chance to advance to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where the participants will seek to qualify for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. The curling, figure skating, and speed skating events will be hosted at McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre, and floor hockey events will be held in School District #73 schools. The alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing events will be hosted at Sun Peaks Resort. The Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on the evening of February 19 at the Tournament Capital Centre, where all the teams will get to march in proudly and be welcomed to Kamloops. To find out more and get involved, please use contact info and links below.
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McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre / School District #73 schools / Sun Peaks Resort / Tourname
Kamloops, British Columbia

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