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Source: New York Times

Short-Track Speedskaters Are Lopsided

Wednesday 17:18 GMT

Round and round the short-track speedskaters go, crouched low on the ice as they carve counterclockwise ovals, over and over.

The most appropriate comparisons to a short-track skater might not involve other athletes, but rather racecars, like those in Nascar, built for counterclockwise efficiency on ovals the rough shape of the short-track rink. Not all strokes are the same, as competitors skate against one another in a race to the finish line, rather than against the clock — long track has added one “mass start” race to its schedule for these Olympics — requiring an ability to dart in and out of traffic and burst past competitors.

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