Sharpening Your Speed Skates

In order to go fast and to be safe on the ice, you will need to have sharp skates. Unlike figure skates or hockey skates, speed skates need to be sharpen very often. Top level competitors have been known to sharpen their skates between each race.

If the skates are dull, the young skater will experience considerable difficulty on the ice. The skater will not be able to hold the turn and will have a tendency to skate upright in stead of in base position. 

There are several different theories about sharpening speed skates. One of the most valuable sources of information regarding sharpening of speed skates can be found at Dawson Creek Speed Skating Club's Guide To Skate Sharpening web site.

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