Speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics – Men's 10,000 metres

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10,000 metres
at the III Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for Speed skating
Venue James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink
Dates February 5 to February 8
Competitors 18 from 6 nations
Winning time 19:13.6
1st, gold medalist(s) Irving Jaffee  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ivar Ballangrud  Norway
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Frank Stack  Canada
1936 →

The 10,000 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on Friday, February 5, 1932, on Saturday, February 6, 1932, and on Monday, February 8, 1932.

Eighteen speed skaters from six nations competed.

Like all other speed skating events at this Olympics the competition was held for the only time in packstyle format, having all competitors skate at the same time. This was the common style in North America and gave the runners from the United States and Canada a major advantage over the European rivals.


Gold Silver Bronze
Irving Jaffee
 United States
Ivar Ballangrud
Frank Stack


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1932 Winter Olympics.

World Record 17:17.4(*) Norway Armand Carlsen Davos (SUI) February 5, 1928
Olympic Record 18:04.8 Finland Julius Skutnabb Chamonix (FRA) January 27, 1924

(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.

In the later cancelled first heat Alexander Hurd skated 17:41.3 minutes. In the reskated heat he set a time of 17:56.2 minutes, but both in packstyle format.


First round[edit]

Both heats were held on the afternoon of Friday, February 5, 1932.

Heat 1

After this heat a protest was lodged against two of the skaters (Alexander Hurd and Edwin Wedge) for not setting the pace for the agreed numbers of laps.

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Alexander Hurd (CAN) 17:41.3 (Q)
2  Valentine Bialas (USA) (Q)
3  Ivar Ballangrud (NOR) (Q)
4  Edwin Wedge (USA) (Q)
5  Shozo Ishihara (JPN)
6  Michael Staksrud (NOR)
7  Ossi Blomqvist (FIN)
 Marion McCarthy (CAN) DNF
 Tomeju Uruma (JPN) DNF

Heat 2

After this heat again a protest was lodged against a skater (Frank Stack) this time for interference on the home stretch.

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Eddie Schroeder (USA) 17:52.2 (Q)
2  Frank Stack (CAN) (Q)
3  Irving Jaffee (USA) (Q)
4  Bernt Evensen (NOR) (Q)
5  Hans Engnestangen (NOR)
6  Ingvar Lindberg (SWE)
7  Tokuo Kitani (JPN)
 Yasuo Kawamura (JPN) DNF
 Willy Logan (CAN) DNF

After both heats the referee Joseph K. Savage from the United States referred the matter to the three technical delegates. Herbert J. Clarke from Great Britain, Water Jakobsson from Finland, and Hermann Kleeberg from Germany decided at their meeting to have both heats reskated, and in fairness to all concerned all the original starters were allowed to compete the following morning.

Both reskated heats were held on the morning of Saturday, February 6, 1932.

Heat 1

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Alexander Hurd (CAN) 17:56.2 Q
2  Ivar Ballangrud (NOR) Q
3  Valentine Bialas (USA) Q
4  Edwin Wedge (USA) Q
5  Ossi Blomqvist (FIN)
6  Michael Staksrud (NOR)
 Shozo Ishihara (JPN) DNF
 Marion McCarthy (CAN) DNF
 Tomeju Uruma (JPN) DNF

Heat 2

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Irving Jaffee (USA) 18:05.4 Q
2  Frank Stack (CAN) Q
3  Bernt Evensen (NOR) Q
 Eddie Schroeder (USA) Q
5  Willy Logan (CAN)
6  Hans Engnestangen (NOR)
 Ingvar Lindberg (SWE) DNF
 Tokuo Kitani (JPN) DNF
 Yasuo Kawamura (JPN) DNF

Note that exactly the same eight skaters qualified in the reskated heats.


Place Name Time
1  Irving Jaffee (USA) 19:13.6
2  Ivar Ballangrud (NOR) 5 m behind
3  Frank Stack (CAN) 6 m behind
4  Edwin Wedge (USA)
5  Valentine Bialas (USA)
6  Bernt Evensen (NOR)
7  Alexander Hurd (CAN)
8  Eddie Schroeder (USA)