Olympic Dreams
7:26 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Olympic Dreams In Kansas City: Where To Speed Skate

Members of the Kansas City Speed Skating team race around the ice at Line Creek Community Center
Credit Donna Vestal / KCUR

Speed skating is ice skating that falls into two basic categories — long track and short track. Long track races takes places on a 400m long oval rink with skaters competing in pairs. Short track involves four to six skaters on a track about a fourth that size.

Kansas City doesn’t have an Olympic sized rink for even short track, but a hockey rink will work.

Where to go: 
Line Creek Community Center, 5940 NW Waukomis Dr, Kansas City, Mo. 64151
Phone: (816) 505-2423

Cost:
It's $11 for a one hour skating session. Skates start at $200 to buy but can be rented for $2.

What to wear: Speed ice skates, a helmet, protective gear such as knee pads and shin guards, and comfortable clothes or a tight-fitting spandex suit.

Skills/preparation needed:
Basic ice skating skills. You must know how to crossover to make turns.

Warnings:
If you are a beginner, falling is likely. Even seasoned pros will take a spill on occasion. Using protective gear will help limit the impact.

Who can help:
Kansas City Speed Skating Club

Find our entire series on living the Olympic dream in Kansas City at kcur.org/olympicdreams.