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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It was the second world record at these Olympics for the Dutch who pioneered the revolutionary new slap skates. Gianni Romme broke the men's 5,000m record.
Records have been tumbling all winter as skaters became familiar with the new slap skates, which allow competitors to lift off the blade from the heel while taking a stride, and new best marks were widely expected in Nagano.