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

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.

Men's 500 metres speed skating
at the III Olympic Winter Games
Refer to caption
Pictogram for speed skating
VenueJames B. Sheffield Olympic Skating Rink
Date4 February 1932
Competitors16 from 4 nations
Winning time43.4
1st place, gold medalist(s) Jack Shea  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Bernt Evensen  Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Alexander Hurd  Canada
← 1928
1936 →

Like all other speed skating events at this Olympics the competition was held for the only time in pack-style format, having all competitors skate at the same time.[1]


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(*)   Clas Thunberg St. Moritz (SUI) January 13, 1931
Olympic Record 43.4   Clas Thunberg St. Moritz (SUI) February 13, 1928
43.4   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 pack-style format.


First roundEdit

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)


  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games: Men's 500 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2019.

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