2014 Olympic Short-Track Speedskating: Preview of Men's 1,500-Meter Medal Race

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2014 Olympic Short-Track Speedskating: Preview of Men's 1,500-Meter Medal Race
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2014 Men's Short-track Speedskating

Men's 1,500-meter short-track speedskating is one of the most contentious events at the Winter Olympics. The high-speed event, coupled with perilously tight turns, all but guarantees exhilarating finishes and unexpected outcomes. 

The event is contested for 13.5 laps over a track that measures 60 meters in length by 30 meters in width. The circumference is 111.12 meters.

The athletes blaze around the track in tight proximity, taking the sharp turns at a staggering 45-degree angle. They rely on the tips of their gloved fingers for balance as well as Olympic-caliber core strength. The finishes are often close, and because of that, athletes are aggressive as they fight for position, which makes short-track speedskating a thrilling event to watch. 

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