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PE at Home: Week 9

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Speed Skating is an Olympic sport in the Winter Olympics. The sport is divided into two events: Short-Track Speed-Skating and Long-Track Speed skating.

Check out the exercise and videos below on speed skating!

Exercise of the week: Speed Skater

Skaters

Safety First: If you feel dizzy then stop. Dont do this near to furniture, make sure there's lots of space around you. Put cushions nearby if you think you might fall.

  1. Start standing on your left leg with knee slightly bent and right leg tucked behind on an angle, like a flamingo.
  2. Hop to the right, landing on your right leg with knee bent, the left leg following behind the right on an angle, like a flamingo again.
  3. Repeat these “skater hops”, to the left and then to the right.

These lateral movements are working your quadriceps muscles and should be performed at a moderate pace. For higher intensity, pump your arms at a 90 degree angle as if you were going for a jog. For example, when the right foot is planted, the left arm swings forward and the right arm swings back.

Videos of the week:

Short Track Speed Skating in the 2014 Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics: Click here 

Skating Fact: Short Track Speed Skating is on a smaller track of ice and is more chaotic, with up to 6 skaters racing at once.

Long Track Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver, Canada Winter Olympics: Click here

Skating Fact: Long Track Speed Skating is on a larger track and is faster, with only two skaters competing in two lanes.