February 21, 2023 | at the FISU Winter University Games
The “Short Track–Swiss Ice Movement” association was established as a continuation of the 2021 Winter Universiade project in Lucerne to promote short track speed skating in Switzerland, especially at school level.
The project aims to build high-performance Swiss athletes in a short track, using OYM in Zug as the main operational center and making it an international short-track competence center.
The idea is to bring talents from related ice sports and train them in world-class conditions, under the watchful eye of the coach of the Swiss national team, Jeff Kitura – a former Canadian ice hockey player and long and short track speed skater. With the ultimate vision of making Switzerland one of the best countries in this discipline.
But the project also aims to interest the wider Swiss population in the short track and ensure that every child in the country has access to ice sports through school programs – building on the fact that more than 10% of the Swiss population regularly practices ice sports.
For this purpose and in cooperation with Swiss Ice Skating, Swiss University Sports and the canton of Zug, the first edition Quick cup started in the winter of 2021/22 as part of the Winter Universiade, and its second edition ended just a few weeks ago.
Speedy Cup focuses on promoting skating skills as part of the second-level education program (3rd-6th school year), in the form of fun and using elements of all ice disciplines (ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating). The best students qualify for the finals.
Among them may be the future Thibault Métraux, Dietrich Varaklis or Shaline Rüegger, who participated in the last World University Games in Lake Placid 2023.
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