Speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres

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500 metres
at the III Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for Speed skating
Venue James B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink
Dates February 4
Competitors 16 from 4 nations
Winning time 43.4
1st, gold medalist(s) Jack Shea  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Bernt Evensen  Norway
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Alexander Hurd  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 500 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1932 Winter Olympics programme. The competition was held on Thursday, February 4, 1932.

Sixteen speed skaters from four 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
Bernt Evensen
Alexander Hurd


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

World Record 42.6(*) Finland Clas Thunberg St. Moritz (SUI) January 13, 1931
Olympic Record 43.4 Finland Clas Thunberg St. Moritz (SUI) February 13, 1928
43.4 Norway Bernt Evensen St. Moritz (SUI) February 13, 1928

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

In the final Jack Shea equalized the Olympic record with 43.4 seconds, but in packstyle format.


First round[edit]

Heat 1

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Frank Stack (CAN) 44.3 Q
2  Jack Shea (USA) Q
3  Shozo Ishihara (JPN)
4  Erling Lindboe (NOR)
5  Yasuo Kawamura (JPN)

Heat 2

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Bernt Evensen (NOR) 45.3 Q
2  Willy Logan (CAN) Q
3  Raymond Murray (USA)
4  Tokuo Kitani (JPN)
5  Leopold Sylvestre (CAN)

Heat 3

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Alexander Hurd (CAN) 44.9 Q
2  John Farrell (USA) Q
3  Allan Potts (USA)
4  Haakon Pedersen (NOR)
5  Hans Engnestangen (NOR)
6  Tomeju Uruma (JPN)


Place Name Time
1  Jack Shea (USA) 43.4
2  Bernt Evensen (NOR) 5 m behind
3  Alexander Hurd (CAN) 8 m behind
4  Frank Stack (CAN)
5  Willy Logan (CAN)
6  John Farrell (USA)