Speed skating
at the XVII Olympic Winter Games
VenueHamar Olympic Hall
Dates13–25 February
No. of events10
Competitors150 from 21 nations
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Speed skating at the 1994 Winter Olympics, was held from 13 to 25 February. Ten events were contested at Hamar Olympic Hall.[1][2]

Medal summary

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Norway (NOR)3205
2 United States (USA)3003
3 Russia (RUS)2215
4 Germany (GER)1236
5 Austria (AUT)1102
6 Netherlands (NED)0134
7 Belarus (BLR)0101
 Canada (CAN)0101
9 Japan (JPN)0022
10 China (CHN)0011
Totals (10 nations)10101030

Norway led the medal table in speed skating on home ice, led by Johann Olav Koss, who won three gold medals. Bonnie Blair was the most successful woman, with a pair of gold medals. Germany won the most total medals, with six, though only a single gold.

Russia and Belarus, competing for the first time in the Winter Games as independent nations, won their first speed skating medals. The countries were previously part of the Soviet Union, which had taken 60 speed skating medals over 9 Olympics.[3][4]

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Aleksandr Golubev
 Russia
36.33
(OR)
Sergey Klevchenya
 Russia
36.39 Manabu Horii
 Japan
36.53
1000 metres
details
Dan Jansen
 United States
1:12.43
WR
Igor Zhelezovski
 Belarus
1:12.72 Sergey Klevchenya
 Russia
1:12.85
1500 metres
details
Johann Olav Koss
 Norway
1:51.29
WR
Rintje Ritsma
 Netherlands
1:51.99 Falko Zandstra
 Netherlands
1:52.38
5000 metres
details
Johann Olav Koss
 Norway
6:34.96
WR
Kjell Storelid
 Norway
6:42.68 Rintje Ritsma
 Netherlands
6:43.94
10,000 metres
details
Johann Olav Koss
 Norway
13:30.55
WR
Kjell Storelid
 Norway
13:49.25 Bart Veldkamp
 Netherlands
13:56.73

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres
details
Bonnie Blair
 United States
39.25 Susan Auch
 Canada
39.61 Franziska Schenk
 Germany
39.70
1000 metres
details
Bonnie Blair
 United States
1:18.74 Anke Baier
 Germany
1:20.12 Ye Qiaobo
 China
1:20.22
1500 metres
details
Emese Hunyady
 Austria
2:02.19 Svetlana Fedotkina
 Russia
2:02.69 Gunda Niemann
 Germany
2:03.41
3000 metres
details
Svetlana Bazhanova
 Russia
4:17.43 Emese Hunyady
 Austria
4:18.14 Claudia Pechstein
 Germany
4:18.34
5000 metres
details
Claudia Pechstein
 Germany
7:14.37 Gunda Niemann
 Germany
7:14.88 Hiromi Yamamoto
 Japan
7:19.68

Records

Four world records and five Olympic records were set in Lillehammer.[5][6]

Event Date Team Time OR WR
Men's 500 metres 14 February  Aleksandr Golubev (RUS) 36.33 OR
Men's 1000 metres 18 February  Dan Jansen (USA) 1:12.43 OR WR
Men's 1500 metres 16 February  Johann Olav Koss (NOR) 1:51.29 OR WR
Men's 5000 metres 13 February  Johann Olav Koss (NOR) 6:34.96 OR WR
Men's 10000 metres 20 February  Johann Olav Koss (NOR) 13:30.55 OR WR

Participating NOCs

Twenty-one nations competed in the speed skating events at Lillehammer. Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine made their Olympic speed skating debuts.

References

  1. ^ "Lillehammer 1994 Official Report – Volume 3" (PDF). Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1994. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Speed Skating at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.belarus.by/en/press-center/news/belarus-wins-18-winter-olympics-medals-as-independent-state_i_0000075293.html
  4. ^ Clarey, Christopher (27 February 1994). "The Soviet Empire Is Dead, but Its Sports Legacy Is Still Alive in Russia". New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  5. ^ "ISU – Speed Skating – Records – World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ "ISU – Speed Skating – Records – World Records". International Skating Union. Retrieved 29 January 2014.