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
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.