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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.


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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


November 26, 2014 | SOI: Region North America

Special Olympics Unified Sports Showcased at Inaugural Apollo Ohno Invitational

By Amie Dugan

Apolo Ohno, Global Ambassador for Special Olympics and Olympic speed skating legend, held his inaugural Apolo Ohno Invitational in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 21, and invited eight Special Olympics athletes from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands to participate in exhibition relay races and a clinic.View Story Apolo Ohno, Global Ambassador for Special Olympics and Olympic speed skating legend, held his inaugural Apolo Ohno Invitational in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 21, and invited eight Special Olympics athletes from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands to participate in exhibition relay races and a clinic. They were joined on the ice for a competitive skate and Unified Sports relay with Olympic medalists Eddy Alvarez, Allison Baver, Chris Creveling and Travis Jayner. The event showcased the power of Special Olympics’ Unified Sports program, which brings together people with and without intellectual disabilities through the power and joy of sport. The eight athletes who were invited to participate in the Invitational event had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Ohno and members of the U.S. Speed Skating team the day before the event in a clinic. Very cool!

About Amie Dugan:Special Olympics North America Marketing and communications
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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April 18, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Croatia

Skating, Bowling and Athletics at Special Olympics Croatia

By Franjo Horvat

Special Olympics Croatia athletes, coaches and volunteers at the athletics competition in Daruvar.

Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating.View Story Special Olympics Croatia had a busy competition schedule, with events recently held in athletics, bowling and skating. In late March, an athletics competition was held for 30 athletes in Daruvar and organized in cooperation with the Center for Education Rudolf Steiner. Athletes came from Daruvar, Zagreb, Zajezda, Ozal and Velika Gorica. In early April, 26 teams from throughout Croatia participated in a championship bowling tournament. The tournament was held at the Green Gold Club in Zagreb and organized in cooperation with Special Club Luc. Also in April a championship was held for Special Olympics Croatian speed- and figure-skaters in Zagreb. Thirty-eight skaters from Zagreb, Zaprešić, Dugo Selo, Pula and Osijek participated. Special Olympics Croatia organized the skating competition in cooperation with the Center for Education Prekrižje and the Rehabilitation Center Zagreb. More than 50 volunteers helped with the three competitions.

About Franjo Horvat:Franjo Horvat is National Director of Special Olympics Croatia
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Upcoming Events


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Location

Feb 3 - 6 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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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Acme, Michigan
UNITED STATES

February 19, 2015

Invitational Speed Skating Event

Join us January 17th at Rose Garden Ice Arena in Norwich, Connecticut as our as athletes compete and show their skill in speed skating competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Rose Garden Ice Arena
641 New London Turnpike

Norwich, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

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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2015 SOBC Games Office
Email:games@specialolympics.bc.ca
Phone:250-828-3822
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McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre / School District #73 schools / Sun Peaks Resort / Tourname
Kamloops, British Columbia
CANADA

Feb 28 - Mar 1 2015

Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games

You are invited to join us on February 28th through March 1st to cheer on our athletes and witness great displays of sportsmanship, teamwork and personal achievements in sports. Athletes will be competing in following sports at the following venues: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding at Ski Sundown, New Hartford; Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing at Connecticut Light & Power, Simsbury; Figure Skating, Speed Skating at the International Skating Center of Connecticut, Simsbury; and Unified Sports® & Traditional Floor Hockey, Skills at the Pratt & Whitney Hangar, East Hartford. Winter Games competitions will kick-off with opening ceremonies at each venue that include the ceremonial lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, announcement of athletes, brief remarks, and the declaration of Special Olympics’ Athlete Oath. Events conclude with the presentation of awards. This event is open to public to attend at now cost. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Connecticut
Email:specialolympicsct@soct.org
Phone:203-230-1201
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Various Venues
Various Cities, Connecticut
UNITED STATES

March 07, 2015

U.S. Eastern Speed Skating Competition

Want to experience speed skating competition in its purest form? Come to Richmond Ice Zone in N. Chesterfield, Virginia on March 7th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the track. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Megan O'Donnell
Email:modonnell@sonc.net
Phone:919-818-4598
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Richmond Ice Zone
636 Johnston Willis Dr

N Chesterfield, Virginia
UNITED STATES

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