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Why is speed-skating on the rise?

18 January 2011 Last updated at 11:37 GMT

f you went ice skating over Christmas, it was probably difficult enough to stay upright never mind going fast. But the sport of speed skating is becoming increasingly popular.

At a time of funding cuts, it's also just had a huge financial boost. The world championships are coming to Sheffield in March and BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell ventured onto the ice with the British youth and senior team in Nottingham.