Short Track Speed Skating, or Ice Racing, is a dramatic event where the last man standing is often the winner. Not for the faint-hearted, skaters fly around the ice at tremendous speeds to be the first across the finish line. If you crave speed, a little danger, and lots of strategy, then welcome to the thrill and spectacle of Short Track Speed Skating.
There are two disciplines Short track speed skating and Long track speed skating.
In short track, four to six skaters race each other to the finish line, jockeying for position while maintaining speeds that can exceed 40kph. Relay races are team events with four skaters per team, competing over distances from 3,000 to 5,000M with up to 5 teams on the ice at one time.
Long track skaters race in pairs and against the clock.
Short track is pack-style so the ice gets crowded. The possibility of wiping out or colliding with other skaters looms at every turn. Short track skaters must wear hard-shelled helmets, cut resistant clothing, gloves, neck guards, knee and shin pads to protect themselves from dangerous spills and the possibility of connecting with a skate blade.
You can start Short Track at any age. It is a perfect sport for parents and children to participate in together, as all abilities train at the same time. It is a great cross-training sport for Skiers, In-liners and Roller-skaters.
Ice Racing gave Australia its first Winter Olympic Gold Medal, when Steven Bradbury crossed the line in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Contact the Victorian Ice Racing Association if you would like to get involved.