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Discussing Dylan Larkin Breaking Mike Gartner’s Record In The Fastest Skater Competiton

I received an email last night from a hockey fan regarding Dylan Larkin breaking Mike Gartner's record in the fastest skating challenge.

The sender said it was ok to post the email and I made a few minor spelling corrections but otherwise it is untouched.

How could they immediately commentate and post Dylan Larkin's time for speed skating beating Mike Gartner when it is completely controversial.  You can't say he beat Gartner when they used to start from a stop position at the line.  Now they all start way back and are at full speed when the time starts at the line.

It is ridiculous to take away somebody's record when it's not the same rules.  For any type of race, you start at the line from a full stop.

I can't stand hearing over and over that Dylan Larkin broke the record for the overall best time.  How can these commentators be so stupid as to not notice the huge advantage from a running start and the time starting at the line when the skater is already at full speed.

I think a huge apology is owed to Gartner  from all the commentator's that jump all over it announcing it over and over and from the NHL who change the rules year and year.  If the rules are different, a record can't be broken.  It can only be a new record for a running start for lack of a better word.

This is more than just my opinion and I hope it gets rectified publicly.

Thank you for allowing me to rant, but I hope it goes further than just you reading it.

In the comment section of a The Malik Report post, there is some discussion on it too.

Below, videos of Mike Gartner's performance back in 1996 and then Larkin's performance last night is posted twhich does include parts of Gartner's skate.

 

Sportsnet's version of Larkin's skate and in the beginning of the video, you can see an old clip of Gartner's start and see the difference to Larkin's 'running' start'.

 

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Soupsnake's avatar

This is incredibly easy to solve. Just start a stop watch when he starts from the blue line and stop it when he gets back to that line.

I just did an unscientific test with my own stopwatch and he came in at 13.25, which still breaks the record. Maybe someone with a better timer can check, but I think this controversy is overblown.

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 01/31/16 at 10:33 AM ET

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This record has always made me me mad because Gartner’s record has always been unfair by today’s standards. What they rarely show on tv is that even though Gartner started at the red line, he always cut through the blue paint when turning corners (as opposed to Larkin cutting across the bottom of the blue paint). Why that really matters is that before 2005, the blue paint/goal line was moved 2 feet up meaning that he had a smaller area to skate around. It was only after the lockout that the NHL moved the goal line 2 feet closer to the end boards. It has always annoyed me that the broadcasters have never made that distinction. If Larkin skated the same path as Gartner, he would have been even faster.

Posted by Ratpack on 01/31/16 at 10:54 AM ET

The Meal's avatar

The Garner video is pretty telling.  He’s way inside the face-off circle when making his turns.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 01/31/16 at 12:12 PM ET

Primis's avatar

People care this much about it either way?

Posted by Primis on 01/31/16 at 12:42 PM ET

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Yes, the commentators clearly need to apologize.  Because of controversy over a literally meaningless record of “the fastest guy to have been chosen to compete in a race between guys who were selected as all-stars”.

Posted by Garth on 01/31/16 at 02:40 PM ET

SYF's avatar

This is incredibly easy to solve. Just start a stop watch when he starts from the blue line and stop it when he gets back to that line.

I just did an unscientific test with my own stopwatch and he came in at 13.25, which still breaks the record. Maybe someone with a better timer can check, but I think this controversy is overblown.

Posted by Soupsnake from Canton, Mi on 01/31/16 at 09:33 AM ET

Thank you, sir. 

I just want to know the rationale for the change from a standing start to a flying start.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/31/16 at 03:25 PM ET

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