clap skate

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clap skate

n.
A speed skate that has a blade attached by a hinge at the front, allowing one to skate more efficiently by keeping the full length of the blade on the ice while the heel is raised.
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Van Velde, who had left skating for 1 1/2 years when he had trouble adjusting to the new clap skates and went off to sell cars, set the world record in the 15th race.
As speed skaters swoosh on ice in this year's Winter Olympics, don't be surprised to hear their clapping feet--thanks to new clap skates.
Could clap skates help break current speed-skate records?
Since the first Dutch athletes surprised the world by using clap skates in international competition last year, clap technology has been the center of much interest and debate, especially in light of the upcoming Olympic Games.
North American athletes have had difficulty getting their hands on clap skates, so we wanted to help," said K2 Design Director Tony Meibock, the former Olympian and co-inventor of the new technology.