World Records in Winter Sports

Top 10 Speed Records in Winter Sports

The term winter sports appeared at the end of the 19th century, which could then refer to sports practiced in winter because of the climatic conditions, ice and snow.
Ice sports are often very spectacular and fast. Athletes run down the slopes at full speed and fill the records books. Down the hills at all speeds, the thrill-loving athletes will be able to enjoy themselves on the slopes. We look back at the many records at the Olympic Winter Games.

  1. Curling
    Curling is a team sport played by two teams of four players on a rectangular ice surface. With 7.2 km / h, curling is the last place in the top 10. The 20 kg stone is not often thrown very hard to increase precision.
  2. Cross-country skiing
    Cross-country skiing is one of the four disciplines of orienteering recognized by the IOF (International Federation of orienteering). A high-performance Ski Racer combines excellent physical endurance, strength and excellent technical ski skills with the ability to orient and make the best route choices while skiing at high speed. In a discipline where tolerance is more important than speed, it is quite reasonable not to find very high-speed records. At 8 km/h, cross-country skiing is a long way from downhill skiing.
  3. Speed skating
    Long track speed skating is a form of skating in which practitioners attempt to skate a distance as quickly as possible. Speed skating reached speeds of up to 54.2 km/h faster than Usain Bolt, who holds a record of around 44 km/h.
  4. Ski jumping
    Ski jumping is a winter sport in which skiers go down a slope on a ramp to take off (the springboard), trying to get as far as possible. In addition to length, the judges give points for the jumper’s in-flight style and landing. The skis used are long and wide. Slung from a springboard, the jumper must go as far as possible. Going as fast as possible is the best way to fly for a long time, result: a record at 96.1 km/h.
  5. Snowboarding
    Snowboarding is as much surfing as it is skateboarding and skiing. It has been part of the Olympic program since the 1998 Nagano Games. On a short cross, the snowboarders have already reached a speed of 100 km/h as fast as a shot from Zlatan Ibrahimovic!
  6. Skeleton
    The skeleton consists of running down a steep, curved ice track on a flat belly, head-forward, on a tiny sled. Skeleton is considered the world’s first sliding sport. Launched on small sleds, but flat on the abdomen, athletes can go up to 146.6 km/h the record at the moment.
  7. Bobsleigh
    Bobsleigh is a winter sport invented by the Swiss in the late 1860s, in which teams make timed descents on an icy, narrow and winding track in a sled driven by gravity. By choosing the right paths and with good driving, the “winders” reach speeds of 153.03 km/h! Faster than the Rasta Rockets!
  8. Toboggan
    Toboggan is a winter sport where the athletes run down an ice track at very high speed, using their reflexes to negotiate turns. Unlike the bobsleigh athletes, they have no protection. Error is therefore forbidden. The skeleton’s sled goes much faster thanks to its sharp edges which slide quickly on the ice, and the record is 154 km/h.
  9. Alpine skiing
    The birth of modern alpine skiing was set in the 1850s when the legendary Norwegian Sondre Norheim invented curved-brimmed Willow skis with rigid bindings that tightened the ankles. Cocorico! It’s a Frenchman who holds the record. The Speed World Record holder is the Frenchman Johan Clarey, flashed at more than 161 km/h in 2013.
  10. Ice Hockey
    Ice hockey is a new and fast team sport. Spectacular and always highly contested, the games attract crowds to the Olympic Games. In first place in this ranking the most popular sport of the Winter Olympics: ice hockey. We do cheat a little bit by taking an object. The puck can reach an incredible speed of 182 km/h.

Just to know, the fastest man in the world on skis is Simone Origone. In 2016, the Italian had dropped the slope of Cabrières to 254,958 km/h, thus beating his own world record of “Speed Skiing”.

In the women race Laetitia Roux completed her comeback over Jennifer Fiechter. After several seasons the Valtellina Orobie is back among the great worldwide ski mountaineering events as second appointment of the 2016 ISMF World Cup. The 30th edition featured an unusual start and finish to be crossed on foot. The athletes of the individual event have had to prove their worth on a track with 1750 m of positive altitude difference, 5 uphill stretches, 5 slopes, 11 set-up changes, open ridges and spectacular downhill chase-downs. The little snow that fell so far this winter had made these parts all the more athletically challenging. On his home mountains Michele Boscacci has attempted since the very start to win the race; he lived the dream and gave hope to his fans for three quarters of the race, before Kilian Jornet caught up and got the better of him. After a spectacular head-to-head, the two came together at the finish line in Campelli, a few kilometres from Albosaggia. The winner was declared by photo finish and then using the chip. Jornet finished the race in 1h, 35’28”609, Boscacci in 1h 35’28”690. Anton Palzer, the first among the Espoir, came third in 1h 35’56”, followed by a steadily and progressively growing Robert Antonioli. The top ten also included Xavier Gachet (FRA), Valentin Favre (FRA), Mathéo Jacquemoud (FRA), Martin Anthamatten (SUI), Matteo Eydallin and Alexis Sevennec (FRA). The women – and junior men – race comprised 4 uphill and as many downhill stretches (1315 D+ 1315D-). As for the women the French Laetitia Roux got her first success. The queen of ski mountaineering was restored to her throne ending the race first in 1h 42’30” before her Swiss rival Jennifer Fiechter - 1h 44’59” – and the Swede Emelie Forsberg – 1h 46’51”. Worth reporting is that Forsberg lost the second place after a time penalty: incorrect position of her skis in the bag. The Spaniard Claudia Galicia finished fourth before the azzurra Katia Tomatis; then, Valentine (France), Martina Valmassoi (Italy), Mireia Mirò and Marta Garcia (Spain) and the young – and first among the Espoir – Alba De Silvestro (Italy). In the Junior race Italy conquered the first two spots with Davide Magnini e Giulia Compagnoni; after 3 uphill and 3 downhill stretches (990 D+ 990 D-), the podium was completed by Lena Bonnel (France) and the local favourite Giulia Murada. As regards the men podium, the French Samuel Equy finished second and Nicolò Canclini won the bronze medal. Tomorrow the World Cup circus will be back on track at the Centro Sportivo Caspoggio with the Sprint event. Photo Gallery HD Online on ISMF website : All the ISMF World Cup rankings are online on