In 1994, the final year of his speed skatingcareer, Koss gained fame outside the speed skating world by winning three gold medals at the 1994 Winter Olympics in his native Norway, winning all races in new world records, two of which would remain unbeaten until the clap skate
De Koning credits the clap skate
alone with increasing racing speeds up to 1 second per 400-meter lap.
sports: bodyboard, clap skate
, cross-train, five hole, trash talk, wallyball
designed and built clap skate
with prototype assistance from Easton Aluminum.
In contrast, clap skate blades are attached to the boot near the toe by a single hinge and spring.
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.
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?