World Figure Skating Championships

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July 6, 2022

The World Figure Skating Championships is the oldest international speed skating competition. Between 1889 and 1892 the competitions were unofficial, and since 1893 the competitions have been organized by the International Skating Union (ISU). In the years 1915–1921 and 1940–1946, no competitions were organized due to the world wars. At that time, only men competed for world championships. The women's world championships have been contested since 1933. Since 1996, the women's and men's competitions have been held in the same location. 1961 In Ullevilla in Gothenburg, men competed for the first time on a 400 meter long artificial ice track.

Men's Competitions

Competition trips

In the first World Championships in 1889, half-mile (805 m), mile (1,609 m) and two-mile (3,219 m) distances were skated. Between 1890 and 1892, four distances were raced: half a mile, a mile, two miles and five miles (8,047 m). In the early years of the competitions, he became champion in order to win three races, and second and third places were not counted. Because of this, for many years, the champion remained undecided. The first official competitions were organized in 1893, when the system that is still in use today was introduced. The competition distances are 500, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters, and the average times of 500 meters for each distance are added together. The competitions are held in two or three days and the distances are skated in order from shortest to longest.

Medalists

Tables of Medals

Women's competitions

Competition trips

In the years 1933–1935, races of 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters were contested. Between 1936 and 1955, four distances were skated: 500, 1,000, 3,000 and 5,000 meters. In the years 1956–1982, 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meter distances were skated. In 1983, the four distances that are still in use today were introduced: 500, 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters. The winner has been decided from the beginning based on the combined time of the 500m middle times of each distance.

Medalists

Tables of Medals

On topic elsewhere

YLE's living archive: Men's World Cup 1961