Short Track

Short Track is a competitive type of ice skating in which athletes race each other around a 111.12m oval track.  Reaching speeds of up to 50km/hr, racing is exciting with skaters closely jostling for position around tight bends to reach the finish line first.  Often there are thrills and spills as unlike long track skating, athletes don’t have their own lane, and must attempt to pass their competitors in order to progress.

Short Track skating became an official Olympic Sport in 1992 in Albertville.  Australia has a rich history in short track, with world champions and world record holders.  We won our first ever medal with bronze in the mens 5000m relay in Lillehammer in 1994, and gold in that unforgettable race for Steven Bradbury in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

 

 

Short Track Athletes

Andy Jung

Andy Jung

After he secured an Olympic quota place for Australia in the 500m and 1500m distances, Korean born Andy (Hyun Woo) Jung qualified for his debut Olympic Games at PyeongChang 2018 with a clean sweep of the Olympic selection trials in December 2017. The 20-year-old started speed skating with his family in Korea as a six-year […]

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Deanna Lockett

Deanna Lockett

Deanna Lockett won her first ever World Cup medal at the Budapest event in October 2017 with bronze in the 1500m. The short tracker from Brisbane then went on to qualify for her second Olympic Games after she finished the 2017/18 World Cup season ranked seventh in the 1500m and 19th in the 1000m, with […]

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