The Winter Olympics!!! One of the celebrations which you never want to miss has came here at last in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In this Olympic, you might discover extraordinary things which you have never experienced during the last few Olympics. One of these things include one of the most interested winter sports for South Korea, Short Track Speed Skating. Lets find out what is this sport and how did it influenced South Korea.
What is Short Track Speed Skating
This is the short track ice arena in South Korea. All the entertaining races took place here. However, all of this can't work with a specific goal or else the celebration might turn into chaos. The racing track of the arena is 111.12 m long and depending on how much distance you need to race for, you need to do a lap up to 5, 12, 27... times. Unlike normal speed skating, in short track, the ranking is more relevant than the time you cross the finish line.
What kind of Matches are there in Short Track
In short track, the matches separate into 2 different groups. The men's and the women's match. Then, for each gender, it will separate into 4 different games. These include the 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m for both genders, 3,000m relay for only women, and the 5,000m relay for only men. To win the games, you need to advance through the tryouts, quarterfinals, semifinals and depending on your ranking in the semifinal, you will be decided to advance through the final A or the final B. If you want to win a medal, you should probably advance to the final A because that's where you get the highest percentage to win a medal.
Rules of Short Track
Every matches will have its own specific rules. Even though, you have a certain goal for the game without the rules, once again, the game will turn out to be chaos. These rules include keeping the race safe and fair the most important part, have fun!!!
Off track is a skill which is used by players to take the lead from the outside due to the inside lane blocked by other players. When using this skill, there is a slightly chance that your hands might invade other player's lane, so you need to be careful not to interrupt them while racing.
Assistance is a skill used in a relay to assist their team players to let them take their turn to do a lap. You can use this skill to protect your lane from other players give your team player some more speed. However, while giving assistance, you need to be aware of not blocking the players from the race by showing impediment or accidentally tripped while impeding. If you fall off just before your teammates are ready to take the assistance the teammates can touch any part of your body to get the assistance.
A penalty is a specific punishment which is given to players when they do something that can hurt other players while racing. You can get a penalty when you do bad hand movements to other players, invade other player's lane or do a false start. If you get a penalty, that means you can't continue that specific game anymore until it's over in a celebration like the Olympics.
False start is an irregular start when a player starts the race without the shooting gun which represents starting the game. If you have one false start at the beginning, you will have one more chance. The person who did the false start in the 2nd start, with no mercy, will get a penalty.
An impeding is a hand movement which is used in short track to cause impediment to other players. If the impeding might be able to hurt other players or affect their race poorly, they will get a penalty. Currently, the ISU are watching over impeding movements and gave lots of penalties to other people during the Olympics just because they little bit touched other player's hands.
History of Short Track Speed Skating(South Korea)
The long awaited journey begins during the short track world championship held in Japan in 1983, when Korean men and women players faced off against many opponents from different countries the first time. As soon as the championship finished, in 1985, the South Korea National Short Track Team was formed. At this period, special constructions were being held to train players efficiently and turn them into something far more superior then what they think of. Because of this construction, in 1990, the national team of South Korea turned to be one of the world's best short track team in just short periods of time. Since then, the team kept on trying their best to improve until now, they're having huge interests to win 7 gold in the Olympics.
World Record Holders
Currently, the South Korean national short track team have a world record of 6/11 games. That means South Korea set the world record around half of the games already in a short period of time. That is impressive because for them to have high scores, they need to train a lot, but it is hard to do so. Therefore, we can say that South Korea is the emperor of the short track universe. These are the current world record holders today for South Korea.
For conclusion, I hope you have watched the Olympics with joy and encouraged the short track national team of South Korea.