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The stalwarts of speedskating

Updated: February 16, 2010, 10:49 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Dozens of amazing speedskaters have come and gone in the last 35 years. The world record in the longest men's race, the 10,000 meters, has come down more than two minutes; nearly three seconds have been carved from the fastest time in the 500-meter event. Hinged clapskates have revolutionized the sport.

Only one thing has remained a constant: The rollicking oom-pah band playing for fans at major world events, which goes by the name Kleintje ...

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