Adelskalender (skating)

Adelskalender (Skating)

Adelskalender (skating)

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The Adelskalender in skating is a ranking for long track speed skating based on skaters' all-time personal records for certain distances. As in samalog competitions, the skater's time (measured in seconds) for each distance is divided in 500 metre averages, truncated (not rounded) to 3 decimal places, and the results are then added up – the lower the sum, the better. The samalog system was introduced in 1928 in Norway, replacing ranking points in the traditional 4 distance championships, but can of course also be used to reconstruct scores based on personal records that were set before the samalog system was invented.

The classical Adelskalender consists of the Allround Championships distances:
  • Men: 500 m - 1500 m - 5000 m - 10000 m
  • Women: 500 m - 1500 m - 3000 m - 5000 m

Similar rankings in many other combinations are maintained by enthusiasts and available on the Internet.


As an example, the points for the current leader in the Adelskalendern ranking Shani Davis are calculated as follows:


The Adelskalender score is calculated over a skater's entire career and not for a single tournament. Theoretically, this would make it possible for a skater to lead the Adelskalender without ever having set a 4 distance championships samalog record, or even having won - or participated in - such a tournament.

Speed skating records have improved dramatically over the years due to a...
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