Ice (Figure & Speed) Skating
Figure Skating Events
Unified Sports Pairs
Speed Skating Events
25 m straight race
55 m half lap
Unified competition brings people with and without
intellectual disabilities together on the same team.
ANSWERS: 1. MICHELLE KWAN; 2. APOLO OHNO
• Ice skating got its start through a small invitational
held in Hillsborough in 1990. Its addition to the
Southeast Region Winter Games in 1991 really
developed the sport’s full potential. SONC has offered
competition in various formats over the years including
holding state-level competitions and attending and
hosting Southeast region competitions for the U.S.
• All competition occurs in one day. Speed skating holds
preliminary races in the first part of the day followed by
final races. In figure skating, the scores are combined
from two routines: compulsory and freestyle.
• All athletes are put into competitive groupings,
called divisions, for competition. This ensures good
competition with a chance for every athlete to go for
What are the race distances?
For speed skating, race distances vary
from the 25-meter straightaway all the
way up to 1,500 meters. One lap around
the rink is 111 meters.
on the skating
is required to
during the races.
All awards are given in one large awards
ceremony at the conclusion of the entire event.
Ice skating events
Unified Sports Ice
Do You Know Your Ice Skating
1. Who is the figure skating Olympic medalist who is a member of
the Special Olympics International Board?
2. Who is the speed skating Olympic medalist who is a Global
Ambassador for Special Olympics International?