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Speed skating 101: Inside the 2018 Olympic venue

Gangneung Oval
PyeongChang 2018

Speed skating 101: Inside the 2018 Olympic venue

The Gangneung Oval will host the Olympic speed skating competition

Speed skating events will be held at the Gangneung Oval during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

The Gangneung Oval began construction in October 2014 and was completed in early 2017. It has a seating capacity of 8,000.  No other sports will be held in the Gangneung Oval during the PyeongChang Olympics; short track speed skating will be held in the Gangneung Ice Arena, which will also host figure skating. 

Gangneung Oval under construction

The Gangneung Oval under construction Credit: PyeongChang 2018

The speed skating races will be held on a standard speed skating track: a ice rink with a two lane track of 400 meters, with two curved ends each of 180 degrees, in which the radius of the inner curve is between 25 and 26 meters. The width of both the inner and outer lanes is 4 meters each. The ice will be artificially frozen, and the rink will be enclosed within a heated building.

Speed skating at the Gangneung Oval

Shortly after being completed in 2017, the Gangneung Oval hosted the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships. Credit: PyeongChang 2018

Located in the Gangneung Olympic Park, the Gangneung Oval will be within walking distance of the venues for hockey, curling, short track and figure skating. It will also be close to the Gangneung Olympic Stadium, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. 

Gangneung Olympic Park

The Gangneung Olympic Park Credit: PyeongChang 2018

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