Speed skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating
at the XII Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
Venue Eisschnellaufbahn
Dates February 5-14
No. of events 9
Competitors 111 from 19 nations
← 1972
1980 →

Speed skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics, was held from 5 February to 14 February. Nine events were contested at Eisschnelllaufbahn Innsbruck.[1] This was the first Olympics which included the men's 1000 metres, and the first change to the men's program at the Olympics since the elimination of the all-round event in 1928.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union (URS) 4 2 3 9
2  United States (USA) 2 2 2 6
3  Norway (NOR) 2 2 1 5
4  Netherlands (NED) 1 1 3 5
5  Canada (CAN) 0 1 0 1
5  East Germany (GDR) 0 1 0 1
Total 9 9 9 27

The Soviet Union led the medal table, with four gold and nine overall. The silver medal for East Germany's Andrea Ehrig-Mitscherlich was the country's first in speed skating.

Tatyana Averina led the individual medal table, winning a medal in all four women's events, two gold and two bronze. The most successful male skaters were Norway's Sten Stensen and the Netherlands' Piet Kleine, who both won one gold and one silver medal, splitting the long distance events.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Yevgeny Kulikov
 Soviet Union
39.17
(OR)
Valery Muratov
 Soviet Union
39.25 Dan Immerfall
 United States
39.54
1000 metres
details
Peter Mueller
 United States
1:19.32
(OR)
Jørn Didriksen
 Norway
1:20.45 Valery Muratov
 Soviet Union
1:20.57
1500 metres
details
Jan Egil Storholt
 Norway
1:59.38
(OR)
Yury Kondakov
 Soviet Union
1:59.97 Hans van Helden
 Netherlands
2:00.87
5000 metres
details
Sten Stensen
 Norway
7:24.48 Piet Kleine
 Netherlands
7:26.47 Hans van Helden
 Netherlands
7:26.54
10,000 metres
details
Piet Kleine
 Netherlands
14:50.59
(OR)
Sten Stensen
 Norway
14:53.30 Hans van Helden
 Netherlands
15:02.02

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Sheila Young
 United States
42.76
(OR)
Cathy Priestner
 Canada
43.12 Tatyana Averina
 Soviet Union
43.17
1000 metres
details
Tatyana Averina
 Soviet Union
1:28.43
(OR)
Leah Poulos
 United States
1:28.57 Sheila Young
 United States
1:29.14
1500 metres
details
Galina Stepanskaya
 Soviet Union
2:16.58
(OR)
Sheila Young
 United States
2:17.06 Tatyana Averina
 Soviet Union
2:17.96
3000 metres
details
Tatyana Averina
 Soviet Union
4:45.19
(OR)
Andrea Mitscherlich
 East Germany
4:45.23 Lisbeth Korsmo
 Norway
4:45.24

Records[edit]

Eight out of the nine events, including the debuting men's 1000 metres, had new Olympic records set, with only the men's 5000 metres record remaining unbroken.[2][3]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 500 metres 10 February  Yevgeny Kulikov (URS) 39.17 OR
Men's 1000 metres 12 February  Peter Mueller (USA) 1:19.32 OR
Men's 1500 metres 13 February  Jan Egil Storholt (NOR) 1:59.38 OR
Men's 10000 metres 14 February  Piet Kleine (NED) 14:50.59 OR
Women's 500 metres 6 February  Sheila Young (USA) 42.76 OR
Women's 1000 metres 7 February  Tatyana Averina (URS) 1:28.43 OR
Women's 1500 metres 5 February  Galina Stepanskaya (URS) 2:16.58 OR
Women's 3000 metres 8 February  Tatyana Averina (URS) 4:45.19 OR

Participating NOCs[edit]

Nineteen nations competed in the speed skating events at Innsbruck.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final Report - XII. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976" (PDF). Organizing Committee for the XIIth Winter Olympic Games 1976. LA84 Foundation. 1976. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - Olympic Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 

Sports-Reference 1976 Olympics - Speed Skating