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Speed skating

Speed skating is a lifetime fitness sport for athletes of all ages; a popular form of competition that showcases strength and coordination.

In faster heats, Special Olympics speed skaters may reach speeds of up to 32 kilometers per hour. Special Olympics also offers events for lower ability level athletes to train and compete in basic speed skating skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to longer competitive events


Special Olympics athletes can also participate in a Unified Sports® Speed Skating four-person, 20-lap relay event. Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on sports teams for training and competition. In Unified Sports speed skating, a relay team would consist of two Special Olympics athletes and two partners. Selection of Special Olympics athletes and Unified Sports partners of similar age and ability is required for training and competition in speed skating

Speed Skating Facts

  • Speed Skating was first contested on an international level at the 1977 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
  • At the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Alaska, USA, 180 Special Olympics athletes from 21 Programs competed in speed skating.
  • • Speed Skating was contested at the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan where one program from Special Olympics MENA region competed in snowshoeing, represented by Qatar.
  • Today 361Special Olympics athletes from MENA Programs compete in speed skating.

Speed Skating Events

For use on 100M Oval

For use on 111M Oval

100 Meter Race

111 Meter Race

200 Meter Race

222 Meter Race

300 Meter Race

333 Meter Race

500 Meter Race

500 Meter Race

800 Meter Race

777 Meter Race

1000 Meter Race

1000 Meter Race

1500 Meter Race

1500 Meter Race

20 lap relay — 4 person

20 lap relay — 4 person

20 lap Unified relay — 4 person

20 lap Unified relay — 4 person

The following events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels:

  • 100M Oval


    • 5 Meter Straightaway
    • 50 Meter Half Lap Race
  • 111M Oval
    • 25 Meter Straightaway

55 Meter Half Lap Race

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Special Olympics

Contact us

Special Olympics MENA Regional Headquarters:

Executive Staff:

Eng. Hany Mahmoud, Board Chair

Dr. Zohair Ammar, Interim National Director 

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Address: 35 Gizeret El Arab St., Mohandesseen, Giza, Egypt.

Tel: +20 2 33455510/2

Fax: + 20 2 33455514