18 October 2019

The ISU has allocated Thialf as one of the Centers of Excellences in the world for the long track and short track disciplines. It applies from 1 January 2020 and for a period of two years.

An ISU Center of Excellence (CoE) combines many activities. It’s a hub where coaches, officials, and talented skaters come together and physical training, education, seminars and workshops take place. The importance of the CoE is that there is access to highly qualified experts, trainers, services and training facilities on and off ice.

The qualification can then be extended at the discretion of the ISU after two years. Other allocation for longtrack/shorttrack disciplines are the Olympic Oval in Calgary (Canada) and the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City (USA).

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