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Pyeongchang Day 1: Ladies 3000m

Saturday, February 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Recap The ladies 3000m saw a few surprises, and what more appropriate way to start off the program for speed skating at this olympics. Early in the starting order, the [more...]

Annyeong Pyeongchang

Friday, February 9, 2018 // 1 Comment

Once again I’ve left it until the last possible minute to write my first real article in my Olympic blog. With any luck, I’ll have this finished before the start [more...]

Explaining the Mass Start

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 // 14 Comments

With the Olympic Winter Games just around the corner in February, the winter season is already well under way. In the sport of speed skating, the first major qualifying event [more...]

Clockwork Chapter 1

Saturday, July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Backwards and forwards, left to right, side to side it went. To and fro, turning and returning, engines turning, energy loading and releasing. The essential balance is found [more...]

Finish Line Cameras

Sunday, February 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

Earlier today I was watching the live feed of one of speed skating’s regular “world cup” events – one of a series of races held throughout the skating [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 7

Monday, August 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The final day of euros is of course the day of the marathons. Ordinarily, this is only a half day’s worth of racing leaving skaters with a good few hours to get [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 6

Sunday, August 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The third and final day of road competition ended with a bang. Rushing to fit in all the racing before the rain came (and it really came bucketing down about 20 minutes after [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 5

Saturday, August 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

The second day of road racing was an interesting mix of the long and short distances. Interesting because the schedule was modified slightly and this resulted in the 20k [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 4

Friday, August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Since European championships is not *quite* as big a deal as world championships, we don’t get a full rest day. Instead, we got half a day… actually, it was more [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 3

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Today saw the conclusion of the track portion of the competition with the 1000m races and the relays. I know I said that points elimination races are some of the most painful [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 2

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 // 4 Comments

Today started very early with the heats for the 500m. Unlike in long track ice skating, in inline skating the 500m is not about racing the clock. A number of heats, quarters, [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 1

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

If I had to describe today in a word, I would have to say “long”. Part of the reason for this is because the first day of competition is when they contest the [more...]

Inline Euros 2014 – Day 0

Sunday, July 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The day before a race is always nerve-wracking. I’ve been skating in international competition since I was 13 years old, and I still get nerves before a big competition [more...]

Sochi Special: In The Village

Sunday, February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

Some people have asked me what it's like to be in the Olympic village. I've only really visited one Olympic village, and it was for a winter games. I have also never stayed at an Olympic village as an athlete, which I imagine is very different to someone who is there on a visitor's pass... [more...]

Sochi Special: Complaints About Coverage

Sunday, February 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Things end well for some, and not much for others No post-Olympic wrap up is complete without a round up of things which perhaps could have been done a little better. I know [more...]
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