Speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating
at the XV Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
Venue Olympic Oval
Dates February 14-27
Competitors 140 from 21 nations
«1984 1992»

Speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics, was held from 14 February to 27 February. Ten events were contested at Olympic Oval.[1] For the first time, the women contested a 5000 metre race, the longest distance contested by women in speed skating.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  East Germany (GDR) 3 6 4 13
2  Netherlands (NED) 3 2 2 7
3  Sweden (SWE) 2 0 0 2
4  United States (USA) 1 1 1 3
5  Soviet Union (URS) 1 0 1 2
6  Austria (AUT) 0 1 1 2
7  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

East Germany topped the medal table with three gold medals, and thirteen total. As of 2010, the thirteen medals were the most won by any country in speed skating in a single Games.

The Netherlands' Yvonne van Gennip led the individual medal table with three golds, while Sweden's Tomas Gustafson was the most successful male skater, with two gold medals.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
 Uwe-Jens Mey
East Germany (GDR)
36.45  Jan Ykema
Netherlands (NED)
36.76  Akira Kuroiwa
Japan (JPN)
36.77
1000 metres
details
 Nikolay Gulyayev
Soviet Union (URS)
1:13.03  Uwe-Jens Mey
East Germany (GDR)
1:13.11  Igor Zhelezovsky
Soviet Union (URS)
1:13.19
1500 metres
details
 André Hoffmann
East Germany (GDR)
1:52.06  Eric Flaim
United States (USA)
1:52.12  Michael Hadschieff
Austria (AUT)
1:52.31
5000 metres
details
 Tomas Gustafson
Sweden (SWE)
6:44.63  Leo Visser
Netherlands (NED)
6:44.98  Gerard Kemkers
Netherlands (NED)
6:45.92
10000 metres
details
 Tomas Gustafson
Sweden (SWE)
13:48.20  Michael Hadschieff
Austria (AUT)
13:56.11  Leo Visser
Netherlands (NED)
14:00.55

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
 Bonnie Blair
United States (USA)
39.10  Christa Rothenburger
East Germany (GDR)
39.12  Karin Kania
East Germany (GDR)
39.24
1000 metres
details
 Christa Rothenburger
East Germany (GDR)
1:17.65  Karin Kania
East Germany (GDR)
1:17.70  Bonnie Blair
United States (USA)
1:18.31
1500 metres
details
 Yvonne van Gennip
Netherlands (NED)
2:00.68  Karin Kania
East Germany (GDR)
2:00.82  Andrea Ehrig
East Germany (GDR)
2:01.49
3000 metres
details
 Yvonne van Gennip
Netherlands (NED)
4:11.94  Andrea Ehrig
East Germany (GDR)
4:12.09  Gabi Zange
East Germany (GDR)
4:16.92
5000 metres
details
 Yvonne van Gennip
Netherlands (NED)
7:14.13  Andrea Ehrig
East Germany (GDR)
7:17.12  Gabi Zange
East Germany (GDR)
7:21.61

Records[edit]

The Calgary Olympic Oval was one of the fastest rinks in the world when it opened, with six new world records set, and all existing Olympic records bettered.[2][3]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 500 metres 14 February  Uwe-Jens Mey (GDR) 36.45 OR WR
Men's 1000 metres 18 February  Nikolay Gulyayev (URS) 1:13.03 OR
Men's 1500 metres 20 February  André Hoffmann (GDR) 1:52.06 OR WR
Men's 5000 metres 17 February  Tomas Gustafson (SWE) 6:44.63 OR
Men's 10000 metres 21 February  Tomas Gustafson (SWE) 13:48.20 OR
Women's 500 metres 22 February  Bonnie Blair (USA) 38.69 OR WR
Women's 1000 metres 26 February  Christa Rothenburger (GDR) 1:17.65 OR WR
Women's 1500 metres 27 February  Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 2:00.68 OR
Women's 3000 metres 23 February  Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 4:11.94 OR WR
Women's 5000 metres 28 February  Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 7:14.13 OR WR

Participating NOCs[edit]

Twenty-one nations competed in the speed skating events at Calgary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calgary 1988 Official Report". XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1988. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 

Sports-Reference 1988 Olympics - Speed Skating