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Long Track Speedskating

Long track events have been part of the Olympic Winter Games since 1924. The events are run on a 400 meter course with two skaters in separate lanes skating in a counterclockwise direction. The skaters must switch lanes at a designated crossover point on the course to ensure that the competitors skate the same distance. Skaters are disqualified if they collide with or obstruct the progress of an opponent during the cross-over. The event is staged in several heats called pairs but winning a pair does not necessarily help a skater advance in the competition as all heats are raced against the clock. The winner of an event is the skater who has the lowest time, measured to 1/100 of a second, after all pairs have raced. Events are typically held for distances of 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters, 3000 meters, 5000 meters and 10000 meters. Long track medal events at the Nagano Winter Games are scheduled as follows:


1998 Olympic Winter Games
Long Track Speedskating Schedule

M-Wave, Nagano City
Date Event Time
8 February 1998 5000 Meters (Men) 15:00
9 February 1998 500 Meters (Men) 16:30
10 February 1998 500 Meters (Men) 16:30
11 February 1998 3000 Meters (Women) 15:00
12 February 1998 1500 Meters (Men) 15:00
13 February 1998 500 Meters (Women) 16:30
14 February 1998 500 Meters (Women) 16:30
15 February 1998 1000 Meters (Men) 15:00
16 February 1998 1500 Meters (Women) 15:00
17 February 1998 10,000 Meters (Men) 15:00
19 February 1998 1000 Meters (Women) 15:00
21 February 1998 5000 Meters (Women) 15:00




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