Medeu is an alpine sports complex located in the alpine Medeu stow, at an altitude of 1691 meters above sea level. The world's largest alpine complex for winter sports with an artificial ice field area of 10,5 thousand m². Today the skating rink is the highest outdoor speed-skating stadium in the world located in the mountains. Highlands and clear mountain water for ice resurfacing contributed to high results in speed skating. Over 200 world records have been set here at all distances among men and women. The skating rink had the status of a “factory of records”, and in terms of the number of world records it is the leader among all skating rinks that have ever existed and are operating now. In 1975, the architects and engineers who designed Medeu were awarded the USSR State Prize. Since 2008, Medeu is the monument of urban development and architecture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Construction of the "sports record factory" began in the fall of 1949, and the first official All-Union competitions took place in February 4-5, 1951. Over the period from 1951 to 1970, the skating rink with natural ice functioned at the site of the future sports complex. Old Medeu brought the world 52 records.
In 1970, it was decided to build a high-mountain sports complex with artificial ice. The construction of Medeu ice-skating rink was declared a shock-work construction project, which involved more than 1300 people. The scale of construction and the outcome allows us to rightfully consider Medeu one of the greatest sports complexes in the history of mankind. Speed skaters all over the world literally lined up to challenge world records and to prove themselves on the fastest ice in the world. Competitions were held day and night, under the light of floodlights.
Date of Birth
On December 28, 1972, the rink was officially opened. The day of the first official competitions at the new rink is traditionally considered Medeu’s birthday.