Speed skating is a lifetime fitness sport for athletes of all ages. It is a popular form of competition that showcases strength and coordination. One of five official Special Olympics Winter Sports, speed skating was first contested on an international level at the 1977 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Approximately 11,000 athletes compete in Special Olympics speed skating worldwide. In faster heats, Special Olympics speed skaters may reach speeds of up to 32 kilometers per hour.
For Special Olympics Texas, speed skating is a demonstration sport in the winter sports schedule with statewide participation at the Winter Games, which are in December. The following events are sanctioned by Special Olympics Texas and may be offered at all local, area and chapter competitions. The actual events scheduled and conducted at local, area and chapter competitions will be determined by a minimum number of entries in each event. An athlete may enter one event.