Share This Photo

Facebook
Twitter
Google
Reddit
Digg
SU
Advertisement

Advertisement
Getty Images
1/7
Dutch speed skating fans
A creative Dutch fan dons some intricate headgear during the 2010 Olympics at the Richmond Oval in Vancouver, Canada. Speed skating is incredibly popular in the Netherlands, where people used to skate on frozen canals.
Share This
USA Today Sports
2/7
Dutch speed skating fans
A Dutch fan wear's a lion's mane, like on the Dutch coat of arms, at the 2010 Olympics. Speed skating used to be a form of transportation for the Dutch.
Share This
Getty Images
3/7
Dutch speed skating fans
A couple of Netherlands supporters sport some flashy bird costumes during the 2007 ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah. A race titled, "Elfstedentocht," or "Eleven-city tour" is a 125 mile race over frozen canals and waterways in the Netherlands.
Share This
Getty Images
4/7
Dutch speed skating fans
A group of Netherlands' fans come together to cheer on the strong Dutch speed skating team during the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. Elfstedentocht only takes place when the ice is six inches thick and will not happen this year. The last one was in 1997.
Share This
Getty Images
5/7
Dutch speed skating fans
They get them started early in the Netherlands. A couple of youngsters support the Dutch team at the 2010 Olympics. Elfstedentocht takes place through 11 cities in the Friesland province in northern Netherlands and can yield around 15,000 casual skaters
Share This