| Event type

500 metres, Women

Date19 February 1994 — 14:00
LocationOlympiahall, Hamar
Participants34 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 39.10 WR / Bonnie Blair USA / 22 February 1988
StarterPer BjønniNOR
RefereeLouw HekkemaNED

Everybody expected US skater Bonnie Blair to collect her third consecutive gold medal in the event, and she did just that. Just three weeks before the Olympics, Blair had dominantly won the World Sprint Championships, winning all four distances. She had also taken all but one 500 m World Cup, being defeated just once by Korea’s Yu Seon-Hui. In addition, Blair had held the world record with 39.10 since her Olympic victory in 1988.

In Hamar, Blair came quite close to her own world record, despite that being set at the fast high-altitude rink in Calgary. With 39.25, she won by a large margin. Second was Canada’s Susan Auch, who had been a regular podium occupant since the previous season. Known for her fast 100 ms, she held on long enough to finish in 39.61 and claim the silver. Third place was rather surprisingly taken by 19-year-old Franziska Schenk. The World Junior Champion of 1993 had seen some good World Cup results earlier in the season, and crowned her season with a bronze medal and praise from the winner.

Bonnie Blair’s third consecutive victory in this event made her only the second Winter Olympian to win an individual event three times consecutively, after Sonja Henie in women’s figure skating. The feat would be matched by Claudia Pechstein in the 5,000 metres in 1994-1998-2002.

13IBonnie BlairUSA39.25Gold
26ISusan AuchCAN39.61Silver
32IFranziska SchenkGER39.70Bronze
41OXue RuihongCHN39.71
55IYu Seon-HuiKOR39.92
63OMonique GarbrechtGER39.95
78ISvetlana BoyarkinaRUS40.17
810IEdel Therese HøisethNOR40.20
914IJin HuaCHN40.23
105OKyoko ShimazakiJPN40.26
117IYang ChunyuanCHN40.37
121IAngela HauckGER40.38
136OYe QiaoboCHN40.42
1411ITomomi OkazakiJPN40.55
154IAnke BaierGER40.59
1614OMichelle MortonCAN40.71
179OOksana RavilovaRUS40.72
184OShiho KusunoseJPN40.94
1912IChristine AaftinkNED41.01
=2016ISvetlana FedotkinaRUS41.05
=2015OKristen TalbotUSA41.05
2217ONataliya PolozkovaRUS41.06
=2311OPeggy ClasenUSA41.13
=239IMihaela DascăluROU41.13
258OMayumi YamamotoJPN41.20
2617ILinda JohnsonCAN41.42
277OEmese AntalAUT41.59
2816OGang Mi-YeongKOR41.96
2910OCerasela HordobețiuROU42.15
3015IKrisztina EgyedHUN42.29
3113IJeong Bae-YeongKOR42.63
3212OCheon Hui-JuKOR43.05
332OCatriona Le MayCAN59.75fall
DQ13OMichelle KlineUSA