Dutch soldiers helped clear snow off lakes in hopes the Eleven Cities speedskating tour could go forward, but organizers cancelled the event because of unsafe ice.
February 10, 2012 The rare Dutch speedskating event, the Eleven Cities Tour, is called off because there isn't enough ice to support 15,000 skaters over a 125 mile race.
Volunteer Sjoerd Swart shovels away snow from the ice in Oudemirdum, Netherlands, in hopes the Elfstedentocht, or 11 Cities Tour, may be held for the first time in 15 years.
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February 7, 2012 Organizers in the Netherlands are checking the safety of 125 miles of ice, hoping to stage the Eleven City Tour, an all day speedskating event where skaters travel to several Dutch cities.
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