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Why are speed skaters wearing glasses at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Have you ever wondered why speed skaters wear goggles or goggles when they are one of the few sports in the Winter Olympics that don’t have to deal with the elements?

Speed ​​skating, as its name suggests, is one of the fastest events in the Olympics. And like their fellow athletes, they need gear to protect themselves against anything that might come their way.

As speed skating aired during the first half of these 2022 Winter Olympics, many wondered why these athletes needed goggles if they weren’t actively battling the snow?

According to NBC Olympics, speed skaters wear goggles or goggles to protect their eyes from the wind created by their skating at such a fast pace.

Because these athletes move so quickly in cold, dry air, speed skaters face conditions closer to those of skiers and snowboarders than figure skaters, who move across ice at a much faster speed. weak.

Skaters must also wear tight-fitting suits with aerodynamic hoods for air resistance — failure to wear one could mean grounds for disqualification from competition, according to NBC Olympics.

A speed skater’s skates also differ from a figure skater’s skates. They are called “clap skates” and have hinged blades at the front of the boot, but the heel of the skate and its boot are not connected.

According to NBC Olympics, these specially designed skates allow the skates to stay on the ice a little longer with each stroke, providing more glide and power.

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