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

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Speed skating
at the
1932 Winter Olympics
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500 m men (women)
1000 m (women)
1500 m men (women)
5000 m men
10,000 m men

The 500 metres speed skating event for women was part of the demonstration sport programme of the 1932 Winter Olympics. The competition was held on Monday, February 8, 1932.

Ten speed skaters from two nations competed.

Like all other speed skating events at this Olympics the competition was held in packstyle format, having all competitors skate at the same time. This was the common style in North America at that time.


No official medals were awarded.

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Jean Wilson
Elizabeth Dubois
 United States
Kit Klein
 United States


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

World Record 58.7(*) Austria Liselotte Landbeck Davos (SUI) January 9, 1932
Olympic Record -

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

Dorothy Franey skated the 500 metres in 54.8 seconds at the National Women's Championships at Oconomowoc, but in packstyle format.


First round[edit]

Heat 1

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Lela Brooks-Potter (CAN) 62.4 Q
2  Elsie Muller-McLave (USA) Q
3  Helen Bina (USA) Q
4  Hattie Donaldson (CAN)
5  Geraldine Mackie (CAN)

Heat 2

Place Name Time Qual.
1  Jean Wilson (CAN) 60.4 Q
2  Kit Klein (USA) Q
3  Elizabeth Dubois (USA) Q
4  Dorothy Franey (USA)
5  Florence Hurd (CAN)


Place Name Time
1  Jean Wilson (CAN) 58.0
2  Elizabeth Dubois (USA)
3  Kit Klein (USA)
4  Lela Brooks-Potter (CAN)
5  Elsie Muller-McLave (USA)
6  Helen Bina (USA)