racing with an olympic speed skater
Brittany Bowe is an American long-track speed skater who competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes compete at speeds of up to 36 mph, and champions can be determined by split seconds. Skating against g-force at high speed can cause unimaginable muscle pain, but for Bowe, a two-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist, the thrill of the race makes it all worth it.
OLYMPIC SPEED SKATING OVAL | 1932 JACK SHEA ARENA | USA RINK
Skate two of our four rinks, one indoors, one out, both with a direct link to Olympic glory, and both here for you to enjoy. You can’t tell the story of competitive skating without involving the Village of Lake Placid. It was in Lake Placid during the 1932 Winter Olympics that Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie won gold and pirouetted into hearts around the world. That same year, the USA Men’s Speed Skating Team made a gold medal sweep, with local hero Jack Shea striking gold twice and teammate Irving Jaffee winning the remaining two medals. Nearly 50 years later on that very Oval, USA Men’s Speed Skater Eric Heiden set Olympic history by winning an unprecedented five gold medals.
Bring your own or rent skates from us. In the center of the Speed Skating Oval, one of the few outdoor rinks of its kind left in the country, get cozy and warm up around the fire pit. On both rinks, you’ll be skating with history! Skating on the Olympic Speed Skating Oval is FREE with your Olympic Sites Passport (one time admission).