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This week's column:

Six Simple Steps to Straight Line Speed

No. 2: Push to the Side

July 13, 2011





Yann Guyader in the sprint

Nicole Begg pushing to the side with all wheels on the ground.

Ask the Coach!

Since your goal in speed skating is to move forward, it may seem natural to push back when you stride. But this is wrong.

The proper push is directly to the side with all your wheels in contact with the ground. This propels you forward in the same way that wind from the side powers a sail boat.

Push to the side until your leg is almost fully extended. Then, your wheels basically lift up together before your foot swings back behind you.

Cheers, Bill

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