Speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics

Speed skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics, was held from 14 to 28 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.[2]

Speed skating
at the XV Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
VenueOlympic Oval
Dates14–28 February
No. of events10
Competitors140 from 21 nations
← 1984
1992 →

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  East Germany (GDR)36413
2  Netherlands (NED)3227
3  Sweden (SWE)2002
4  United States (USA)1113
5  Soviet Union (URS)1012
6  Austria (AUT)0112
7  Japan (JPN)0011
Totals (7 nations)10101030


East Germany topped the medal table with three gold medals, and thirteen total. Until the 2014 Winter Olympics, the thirteen medals were the most won by any country in speed skating in a single Games. The Dutch passed that total with 23.

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 eventsEdit

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 eventsEdit

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

RecordsEdit

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.[3][4]

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 NOCsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Calgary 1988 Official Report" (PDF). XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1988. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  4. ^ "ISU - Speed Skating - Records - World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved 29 January 2014.