The two-day annual speed skating championships World Sprint Speed Skating will be held between 25 and 26 February 2017. It will be hosted at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Canada.
The purpose of it is to determine the best overall sprint speed skater of the world. Besides, the odds for this championship are more than enjoyable, so it’s a joy for punters to combine these two activities. The skaters race the 500 metres and 1,000 metres events each day. The Olympic Oval is an indoor artificially frozen ice rink with a standard track of 400 meters and inner and outer curves with radii of 26 and 30 meters respectively. The width of the inside training track (warmup lane) is 5 meters.
The speed skating track will be open for training for entered Competitors from Monday, February 20, 2017. Only accredited Competitors, substitutes and team officials will be allowed to enter the ice-rink during the official training hours. Trial starts will be organized on Friday, February 24, 2017.The program is as follows: Friday, February 24 16:00 Team Leaders Meeting 19:30 Opening Draw Saturday, February 25 12:15 Opening Ceremony 12:30 500 m women 500 m men 1000 m women 1000 m men 17:00 Draw for Sunday’s distances Sunday, February 26 12:30 500 m women 500 m men 1000 m women 1000 m men
According to ISU Communication, the following ISU members have been pre-allocated entry quotas: 14 WOMEN from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway (1 each) and China, Netherlands, Russia and USA (2 each). 14 MEN from Canada, Finland, Germany, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland (1 each) and Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russia and USA (2 each).
The winner will bear the title: “Lady World Sprint Speed Skating Champion for 2017” and “World Sprint Speed Skating Champion for 2017 ”, respectively, and will each be awarded the ISU Championships gold medal. The Skaters placed second and third in the final classification after 4 distances will be awarded the ISU Championships silver and bronze medals.
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