Given the title I thought I was going to impressed by this. Like if this were some distance race, I would have enjoyed it much more. I guess it's impressive that he was able to beat him with 50 pounds of equipment on. Honestly though, this is completely expected. There is a major difference between speed and accelleration. Hockey players make their living off stopping and starting. A quick, powerful first step is a must in the sport. I'm sure it comes pretty handy in speed skating too. Though I feel like speed skating focuses more on a long powerful stride and consistently throughout the race. I am sure the extended blade didn't help this guy too much in the race.
Did this little guy think he had a chance to win? That's absolutely adorable. Zero shot from the outset. You think Nathan Mckinnon is going to lose a race to a guy in a 12 year old's bicycle helmet? Get outta town. NHL players don't get emasculated by men in tights. That's a fact. The potential to finish second to that guy and his arm flail was motivation enough for him to win.
Speed skaters are so queer. Goggles? A helmet? Is that really necessary? All they do is skate around in a circle as fast as they can. Jesus Christ, even figure skater's don't use headgear, and they get flung up in the air to do 360's and shit. What makes a kid grow up and want to be a speed skater? Clearly this guy doesn't have a manly bone in his body. If he did, he would have grabbed a stick the second he realized he could skate fast. Congrats on being an Olympian though. I guess being the fastest feminine male is something to hang your hat on.