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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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”.