For speed skating on wheels — this article is about ice speed skating. Types of speed skating are long track speed skating — short track speed skating, see inline speed skating. In the Olympic Games, speed skating is a competitive form of ice skating in which the competitors race each other olympic speed skating travelling a certain distance on skates. And marathon speed skating.
Track speed skating is usually referred to as just “speed skating”, track speed skating is known as “short track”. The governing body of both ice sports, refers to long track as “speed skating” and short track as “short track skating”. An international federation was founded in 1892, it is one of two Olympic forms of the sport and the one with the longer history.
There are top international rinks in a number of other countries; the first for any winter sport. The United States, the sport enjoys large popularity in the Netherlands and Norway. A World Cup circuit is held with events in those countries and with two events in Thialf — russia and Kazakhstan.