Short track at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Become a short track expert with our 101 guides ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. (Imagn)

Short track is form of speed skating contested around an international-sized hockey rink, 111 meters in length. Athletes race simultaneously, jockeying for position for the duration of the multi-lap race.

Unlike Olympic speed skating (also known as "long track") the clock is a secondary factor in short track. The order in which athletes in the heat cross the finish line is all that matters.

Short track originated in North America. It was introduced to the Winter Olympics as an exhibition sport in 1988, and then as a medal event in 1992.

Competition format

Learn how short track events will be contested at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Rules

Learn what's fair and what's foul in short track.

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Equipment

From the blades to the helmet, what short track skaters use to beat the pack.

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Venue

Learn about Capital Indoor Stadium, which will host short track at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Qualifying

Learn how athletes will qualify to represent Team USA in short track at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Olympic history

Learn the history of short track at the Winter Olympics.

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Glossary

Learn the lingo of short track at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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