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Speedskating offers chaos, control

Whether long track or short, speedskating provides excitement for all tastes

Updated: February 10, 2014, 4:41 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- There are two types of speedskating fans. There are those who favor the traditional long track, where athletes skate gracefully around the oval, their arms sweeping and legs flowing as they race against the clock and themselves. This is the sport of Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair.

And then there are those fans who I simply don't understand because they like short track.

"I compare long track as a symphony, with rhythm, in your own zone," U.S. short track speedskater ...

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