Ice speed skaters to make history for New Zealand at Winter Olympics

New Zealand has named an impressive speed skating trio for next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Peter Michael, Reyon Kay and Shane Dobbin will compete in the team pursuit, as well as individual events.

The trio have all transitioned from inline skating, where they were all former world champions.

For Dobbin, PyeongChang will be his third Games, while Reyon Kay and Peter Michael will make their Winter Olympic debuts.

The 38-year-old Dobbin retired following the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and recently come out of retirement, after a bit of peer pressure.

"I had no intention to start competing again," he told Newshub. "I pretty much went two years without doing any exercise, so it was a pretty big decision for me to come.

"Personally, I wouldn't change it for the world."

The team is coached Kalon Dobbin, Shane's older brother.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith extended her congratulations to the athletes on their selection.

"This is an amazing example of athletes displaying determination and grit to chase the Olympic dream," she said.

"Shane already has a proud Olympic history, and we look forward to Peter and Reyon adding to the team's legacy at PyeongChang."

The trio will train in Calgary, Canada, in the lead-up to the Games, which start on February 10.

NZ speed skating team

Shane Dobbin: team pursuit and 10,000m.

Peter Michael: team pursuit, mass start, 5000m and 1500m.

Reyon Kay: team pursuit, mass start and 1500m.


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