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All about Ski Mountaineering & Speed Skating

Ski Mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering is the best way to travel through the mountains in winter. It combines skiing and a variety of cross-country skiing, but unlike traditional skiing, ski mountaineering allows to move around the mountains, regardless of mechanical devices, and unlike cross-country skiing, it allows to move better when going downhill.

Taking place on 16th, 18th and 19th of January on Patscherkofel and in Praxmar, at the Winter World Master Games 2020, athletes can compete in two disciplines (Vertical Race or Individual Race). The Vertical Race is uphill only (3,3km, 954m altitude difference), while the Individual Race (total approx. 1,900m altitude difference) contains both uphill and downhill sections. In addition, the athletes have to ascend and ski down several times as well as carrying their skis in between. The competitions represent the passage of a distance along mountains terrain, including overcoming natural and artificial obstacles, using special equipment.

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Speed Skating

Speed Skating competitions will take place from January 16th to 19th at the Olympiaworld Innsbruck, in the centre of the city. Men and women will compete in six different disciplines (over distances 500 m, 1,000 m, 1,500 m, 3,000 m, 5,000 m, 10,000 m) and in two age groups. For Speed Skating races skaters start in pairs. As the inside lane is shorter than the outside one, skaters change lanes after every lap, with skaters approaching from the outside having right-of-way at the crossover. Fans of the sport enjoy witnessing the incredible speeds the skaters reach. They can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h.

Athletes must be at least 30 years of age by June 30, 2020 to compete at the WWMG 2020.

Skating started as a means of transportation in Northern countries, however the birthplace of Speed Skating is considered to be Holland.

The competitions are bound to be exiting both for the contestants and the spectators. Join us for this unique winter sport festival!

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