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 الأولمبياد الشتوي - التزلج السريع infographic
Graphic shows the Ice Ribbon Speed Skating Oval, with details of how altitude affects ice speed.

بكين 2022

الأولمبياد الشتوي - التزلج السريع

By Phil Bainbridge

February 4, 2022 - February 20, 2022 - تقام دورة الألعاب الأولمبية الشتوية لعام 2022، المعروفة رسميًا باسم الألعاب الأولمبية الشتوية الرابعة والعشرين، في بكين، الصين.

The Speed skating events will take place at the “Ice Ribbon” National Speed Skating Oval, the only new venue to be built at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park.

Twenty-three of twenty-six world records in speed skating were set in Salt Lake City or Calgary, both high-altitude venues while Beijing is at sea level. Using carbon dioxide as the refrigerant instead of the toxic Freon freezes faster for a more consistent ice temperature and density, and should allow skaters to reach speeds normally associated with higher altitudes.

PUBLISHED: 25/01/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images