Speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics – Men's 1500 metres

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1500 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
Competitors 18 from 6 nations
Winning time 2:57.5
1st, gold medalist(s) Jack Shea  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alexander Hurd  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Willy Logan  Canada
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Speed skating
at the
1932 Winter Olympics
Speed skating pictogram.svg
500 m men (women)
1000 m (women)
1500 m men (women)
5000 m men
10,000 m men

The 1500 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.

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
Jack Shea
 United States
Alexander Hurd
Willy Logan


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

World Record 2:17.4(*) Norway Oscar Mathisen Davos (SUI) January 18, 1914
Olympic Record 2:20.8 Finland Clas Thunberg 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.


First round[edit]

Heat 1

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Herbert Taylor (USA) 2:49.3 Q
2  Frank Stack (CAN) Q
3  Bernt Evensen (NOR)
4  Hans Engnestangen (NOR)
5  Ossi Blomqvist (FIN)
6  Tomeju Uruma (JPN)

Heat 2

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Jack Shea (USA) 2:58.0 Q
2  Willy Logan (CAN) Q
3  Ivar Ballangrud (NOR)
4  Herbert Flack (CAN)
5  Shozo Ishihara (JPN)
6  Lloyd Guenther (USA)

Heat 3

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Raymond Murray (USA) 2:29.9 Q
2  Alexander Hurd (CAN) Q
3  Michael Staksrud (NOR)
4  Yasuo Kawamura (JPN)
5  Tokuo Kitani (JPN)
6  Ingvar Lindberg (SWE)


Place Name Time
1  Jack Shea (USA) 2:57.5
2  Alexander Hurd (CAN) 5 m behind
3  Willy Logan (CAN) 6 m behind
4  Frank Stack (CAN)
5  Raymond Murray (USA)
6  Herbert Taylor (USA)