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Question:

What does the author cite as the reason that short track speed skating is growing faster than long-track speed skating?

A Short track speed skating can be played in a more accessible venue.
Explaination

The author states that short track speed skating is growing faster than long track speed skating "largely because short track can be done on an ice hockey rink rather than a long-track oval" which implies that the ability to be played in a more accessible venue is fueling its growth.