Speed Skating is one of the fastest sports featured in the Arctic Winter Games and Northwest Territories residents are especially proud of former Canadian Olympian Michael Gilday who began competing in the sport at the 2000 Arctic Winter Games. From 2000 – 2004 Gilday won an outstanding 15 gold Ulus during that time! Speed Skaters must train diligently in order to make their movements mechanically sound, because every unnecessary movement could be a potential second lost, leaving the athlete that much farther from the finish line.
Speed Skating has been a staple sport in the Arctic Winter Games since 1984 when it made its first appearance at the Games in Yellowknife, NWT. Speed Skating has two age categories: Junior (Born between 1998 and 2003) and Juvenile (born between 2003 and 2006) for both male and female competitors. A team consists of up to 16 athletes and two coaches.
In 2018 the Speed Skating events will be held at Fort Smith Centennial Arena in Fort Smith.
Note: Sports venues and location are subject to change