Speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics

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Speed skating
at the XV Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
Venue Olympic Oval
Dates February 14-27
No. of events 10
Competitors 140 from 21 nations
← 1984
1992 →

Speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics, was held from 14 February to 27 February. Ten events were contested at Olympic Oval.[1] For the first time, the women contested a 5000 metre race, the longest distance contested by women in speed skating.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  East Germany (GDR) 3 6 4 13
2  Netherlands (NED) 3 2 2 7
3  Sweden (SWE) 2 0 0 2
4  United States (USA) 1 1 1 3
5  Soviet Union (URS) 1 0 1 2
6  Austria (AUT) 0 1 1 2
7  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

East Germany topped the medal table with three gold medals, and thirteen total. As of 2010, the thirteen medals were the most won by any country in speed skating in a single Games.

The Netherlands' Yvonne van Gennip led the individual medal table with three golds, while Sweden's Tomas Gustafson was the most successful male skater, with two gold medals.

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Uwe-Jens Mey
 East Germany
36.45 WR Jan Ykema
 Netherlands
36.76 Akira Kuroiwa
 Japan
36.77
1000 metres
details
Nikolay Gulyayev
 Soviet Union
1:13.03
(OR)
Uwe-Jens Mey
 East Germany
1:13.11 Igor Zhelezovski
 Soviet Union
1:13.19
1500 metres
details
André Hoffmann
 East Germany
1:52.06 WR Eric Flaim
 United States
1:52.12 Michael Hadschieff
 Austria
1:52.31
5000 metres
details
Tomas Gustafson
 Sweden
6:44.63
(OR)
Leo Visser
 Netherlands
6:44.98 Gerard Kemkers
 Netherlands
6:45.92
10,000 metres
details
Tomas Gustafson
 Sweden
13:48.20 WR Michael Hadschieff
 Austria
13:56.11 Leo Visser
 Netherlands
14:00.55

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Bonnie Blair
 United States
39.10 WR Christa Rothenburger
 East Germany
39.12 Karin Kania
 East Germany
39.24
1000 metres
details
Christa Rothenburger
 East Germany
1:17.65 WR Karin Kania
 East Germany
1:17.70 Bonnie Blair
 United States
1:18.31
1500 metres
details
Yvonne van Gennip
 Netherlands
2:00.68
(OR)
Karin Kania
 East Germany
2:00.82 Andrea Ehrig
 East Germany
2:01.49
3000 metres
details
Yvonne van Gennip
 Netherlands
4:11.94 WR Andrea Ehrig
 East Germany
4:12.09 Gabi Zange
 East Germany
4:16.92
5000 metres
details
Yvonne van Gennip
 Netherlands
7:14.13 WR Andrea Ehrig
 East Germany
7:17.12 Gabi Zange
 East Germany
7:21.61

Records[edit]

The Calgary Olympic Oval was one of the fastest rinks in the world when it opened, with six new world records set, and all existing Olympic records bettered.[2][3]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 500 metres 14 February  Uwe-Jens Mey (GDR) 36.45 OR WR
Men's 1000 metres 18 February  Nikolay Gulyayev (URS) 1:13.03 OR
Men's 1500 metres 20 February  André Hoffmann (GDR) 1:52.06 OR WR
Men's 5000 metres 17 February  Tomas Gustafson (SWE) 6:44.63 OR
Men's 10000 metres 21 February  Tomas Gustafson (SWE) 13:48.20 OR WR
Women's 500 metres 22 February  Bonnie Blair (USA) 38.69 OR WR
Women's 1000 metres 26 February  Christa Rothenburger (GDR) 1:17.65 OR WR
Women's 1500 metres 27 February  Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 2:00.68 OR
Women's 3000 metres 23 February  Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 4:11.94 OR WR
Women's 5000 metres 28 February  Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 7:14.13 OR WR

Participating NOCs[edit]

Twenty-one nations competed in the speed skating events at Calgary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calgary 1988 Official Report" (PDF). XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1988. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 

Sports-Reference 1988 Olympics - Speed Skating