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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD- Monday, February 10, 1975 THREE SOUTHERN ALBERTA YOUNGSTERS TRY SPEEDSKATING Ice action introduces new sport to Lethbridge BILLY AND CORRI-JO PETRUNIK Speedskating is a brand new sport in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. One of the ideas behind the Canada Winter Games is to introduce sports to areas and to upgrade the facilities that sport re- quires. Speedskating has now been introduced in the area and the newly com- pleted speedskating oval at the Lethbridge Sportsplex makes it the finest facility of its kind in Canada. The idea of introducing SPEGUL OCCASION SHOPPES LTD. College Mall For all your "Jeux Winter Games" Souvenirsl SPECIAL OCCASION SHOPPES LTD. PtKHW 328-7522 the sport into the area has already taken hold as the Southern Alberta Speedskating Association is now a reality. Tony Stannard is the associa.tion's first president, and one of the hopes of his group is to sponsor learn to skate clinics in conjunction with the Lethbridge community services department and the Alberta department of culture youth arid recreation. Speedskating, which came into being as an international organization in Copenhagen in 1895, generally takes place on skates that have a 15Vz inch blade, but any type of skate can be used. The longer skate blade allows for more glide and that's where the smooth, rhythmic pace and the speed result from. The racing lanes are 13 ft. wide, giving the skater plenty of room to utlize his long, free style of skating. More than 100 boys and girls will be entered in the' speedskating at the Games, aged 12 to 17 years. There will be 30 medals up for grabs in the 10 events and each team sent by the 10 provinces and the two territories will be made up of five boys and five girls, with two coaches, or managers. The girls.eompete in the 400, 500, 800 and metre Olympic competi- tion as well as the metre mass start com- petition. The boys race 500, 800, and metre Olympic skating and the 500 metre mass start. Olympic, or two lane skating, is the European method of racing, where two skaters compete against each other as well as the clock for the best time. Using two lanes the skaters cross over and switch lanes every lap, giv- ing each skater the equal opportunity to use the faster inside lane. In mass start skating, which is popular in North America and provides far more excitement for the spectators, as many as 10 skaters may start together. They, jockey for the inside lane on the cor- ners and the first skater across the line is naturally declared the winner. In both the Olympic and mass start races, it is the first skate, not the first body, across the finish line that wins. The 400 metre artificial speedskating oval next to the Sportsplex is where all the skating will be run. Thousansands of feet of refrigerant pipe under the cinder service of the oval guarantee that the ice will stay solid even if temperatures rise to the 55 degree above zero range. With the speedskating oval remaining after the Games are completed, the door will be open to top flight competition throughout the world as this facility at Lethbridge is one of a very few. SPEEDSKATING wopsp al-Woman 400 Metre-Z7 Sportitex 500 3 Sportsplei Oval-Wqmans NO Oval-Men? 100 a.m.-SportsplM Owl-Womens SW p.m.-Sportspta Oval-Mens MO M.tre-57 3 p.m-Sportsptei OvaKWomens 100 Melre-57 faB UN Mrtre-W p.m.-Sportspta 4 p.m.-Sportsptei Oval-Mtns UN ;