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Sochi 2014: Olympic Short Track Speed Skating Records

A Look at the Marks That Athletes Will Try to Break in These Fun Olympic Races on Ice

Yahoo Contributor Network

Speed skating has been one of the signature events of the Winter Olympics since the first Games in 1924.

While the sport initially used only longer tracks to create optimal conditions for top speed, athletes gradually embraced the technical skills required to skate around a shorter 111.12-meter oval track. Not only does the difference affect speed, but short track skating also employs a "pack racing" format, where position in relation to other participants is critical.

This thrilling racing was added as a medal event to the Olympics in 1992 and will undoubtedly serve as a fun part of Sochi 2014. The sport continues to skyrocket in popularity, as fans view the action in the form of heat races as "NASCAR on ice."

While Canada and the United States at first competed strongly in this new sport, top participants have since emerged from China and South Korea. In fact, with the bar for new time marks established at nearly every Winter Games, the short track record book is dominated by a few Asian nations.

Here is a look at the record holders for the eight Olympic events in short track speed skating:

Men's 500m
Olympic record holder:
Charles Hamelin, Canada
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time: 40.777

Men's 1,000m
Olympic record holder:
Lee Jung-Su, South Korea
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time: 1:23.747

Men's 1,500m
Olympic record holder: Lee Jung-Su, South Korea
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time: 2:10.949

Men's 5,000m relay
Olympic record holder:
South Korea (Ahn Hyun-Soo, Lee Ho-Suk, Seo Ho-Jin, Song Suk-Woo)
Set: 2006, Turin
Time: 6:43.376

Women's 500m
Olympic record holder:
Wang Meng, China
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time: 42.985

Women's 1,000m
Olympic record holder:
Zhou Yang, China
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time: 1:29.049

Women's 1,500m
Olympic record holder:
Zhou Yang, China
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time: 2:16.993

Women's 3,000m relay
Olympic record holder:
China (Sun Linlin, Wang Meng, Zhang Hui, Zhou Yang)
Set: 2010, Vancouver
Time:
4:06.610

Jeff Briscoe is a longtime fan of Olympic competition and a regular contributor to the Yahoo Contributor Network. He will be talking Sochi 2014 on The Sports Train radio show in Southwest Florida.

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