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.


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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


October 04, 2013 | North America: Arizona

Determination and Bravery

By Carla Simon

Special Olympics has taught me to not give up and to be brave in the attempt. My story starts with a speed skating race.View Story Special Olympics has taught me to not give up and to be brave in the attempt. My story starts with a speed skating race. In our 2013 State Winter games I competed in a 111 meter race, and I was rounding a corner halfway through the race and I fell on my chin. Not realizing I was injured I got back up and finished the race speeding ahead and passing another athlete. I ended up taking the 2nd place silver medal and after getting my medal I found out I needed stitches in my chin. Never give up, even if you think you can't make it, just try and be positive.

About Carla Simon :Been competing in Special Olympics: 6 Years Medals won: Over 50 Member of Team Arizona for the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey for track and field. Special Olympics Arizona global messenger. Favorite Sport: Track and field
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March 05, 2013 | Middle East North Africa: Oman

14 Year old speed skating athlete Jannai

By Shadha Alkharusi

14 Year old speed skating athlete Jannai While we were in a speed skating warm up session in South Korea's special Olympics, 2013 we met 14 year old Janni from team USA and she spoke to us and told us about her self " I've been a part of special Olympics for 3 years now , My teacher told me about

View Story While we were in a speed skating warm up session in South Korea's special Olympics, 2013 we met 14 year old Janni from team USA and she spoke to us and told us about her self " I've been a part of special Olympics for 3 years now , My teacher told me about it and took me to events and helped me reach where I am today, My family were also always supportive and helped me through it all" We then asked Jannai if she went through any obstacles or hard times in the Olympics and she said " The only difficult thing I go through is hearing the shotgun and knowing when to start since I cannot hear, But I managed to overcome that thanks to my family and friend's support , Special Olympics is the best thing that happened to me " TOGETHER WE CAN!

About Shadha Alkharusi:My name is Shadha Alkharusi, A Volunteer and a partner for Najah the athlete in the global youth activation summit 2013 , We come from the Sultanate of Oman and its our first special Olympics international participation.
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February 21, 2013 | Europe Eurasia: Italy

The most beautiful life experience

By GYAS Giovanna Sofia e Martina

Team Italy met many athletes and some of them wanted to talk about their experiences.View Story At the Global Youth Summit during the 2013 World Games in PyeonChang, Team Italy met many athletes and some of them wanted to talk about their experiences. One of them is Danielle from Alabama, USA. He is 45 years old and arrived in South Korea for ice skating. He told us that in his 21 years of involvement in Special Olympics he has won more than 100 medals. In the end he confessed that her best experience with SO was undoubtedly one the world came to play in Korea.

About GYAS Giovanna Sofia e Martina:Giovanna, Sofia and Martina, we are participating in the Global Youth Activation Summit, and we are fully enjoying this extraordinary experience. It's really exciting. e stiamo vivendo pienamente questa straordinaria esperienza. È veramente emozionante.
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