Short track speed skating takes place on a 100m or 110m oval (usually in an arena). Skaters in a race begin from a mass start and use the same surface of the ice instead of skating in designated lanes. While deliberately blocking or pushing another skater is not allowed, skaters must vie for position, so contact and falls are a frequent part of each race. Skaters who do fall get back up and continue to race. The order of finish in a race is what counts rather than time.
Although short track speed skating started in Canada in the early 1900s, it did not become an Olympic medal sport until 1992. Canadian speed skaters have won more medals at the past five Olympic Games than any other winter sport and earned an impressive 10 medals in 2010. It has been a part of the Canada Games program since 1983.