| Event type

1,000 metres, Women

Date19 February 2006 — 17:00
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants36 from 12 countries
StarterJunichi TakanoJPN
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

There were many contenders for the 1000 m title in Torino. Germany’s Anni Friesinger had won the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, and was runner-up in 2005. The crowd favorite was veteran Chiara Simionato, winner of the first 1000 m at the World Sprints just weeks before the Games. The other 1000 m that weekend had been won by the 500 m Olympic champion and World Sprint champion, Svetlana Boyarkina-Zhurova, although she was not generally considered a 1000 m specialist. From North America, Cindy Klassen and Jennifer Rodriguez were also highly considered, with three Dutch women, Marianne Timmer (1998 Olympic Champion), Barbara de Loor (2005 World Champion) and Ireen Wüst (winner of the 3000 m at Torino), considered as outsiders for a medal.

Not regularly skating the 1000 m, Cindy Klassen was drawn early in the program, lowering Friesinger’s track record from earlier that season to 1:16.09. Fellow Canadian Kristina Groves faced Marianne Timmer a few pairs later. Timmer had been frustrated earlier in the Olympics, having been disqualified for two false starts in the 500 m. She opened out faster than Klassen, and held on to her lead in the last lap, beating the leading time by just 0.04 seconds.

Pair after pair failed to improve Timmer’s time, with 2002 Champion Witty doing no better than 27th, and favourite Simionato placing only 13th. In the last pair, Anni Friesinger seemed headed for the gold, clocking the same split as Klassen, and known for her strong last lap. But Friesinger, too, missed out in the end, finishing at 1:16.11, just behind Klassen to take the bronze.

111OMarianne TimmerNED1:16.05Gold
28ICindy KlassenCAN1:16.09Silver
318IAnni FriesingerGER1:16.11Bronze
417IIreen WüstNED1:16.39
511IKristina GrovesCAN1:16.54
66OBarbara de LoorNED1:16.73
713OSvetlana ZhurovaRUS1:17.13
82OKatarzyna WójcickaPOL1:17.28
94OYekaterina AbramovaRUS1:17.33
1016IJennifer RodriguezUSA1:17.47
=113OVarvara BaryshevaRUS1:17.52
=1114IYekaterina LobyshevaRUS1:17.52
1317OChiara SimionatoITA1:17.53
1415OChristine NesbittCAN1:17.54
1512ISayuri YoshiiJPN1:17.58
1610ITomomi OkazakiJPN1:17.63
=175IMaki TabataJPN1:17.64
=177OAki TonoikeJPN1:17.64
191ILee Sang-HwaKOR1:17.78
2015IWang ManliCHN1:17.90
2118OSabine VölkerGER1:17.97
222IJudith HesseGER1:17.98
239OAnnette GerritsenNED1:18.33
2412OShannon RempelCAN1:18.35
256IAmy SannesUSA1:18.50
261OLee Ju-YeonKOR1:18.66
2713IChris WittyUSA1:18.70
2810OKim Yu-RimKOR1:18.77
2916OWang BeixingCHN1:19.03
307IPamela ZoellnerGER1:19.30
318OZhang ShuangCHN1:19.91
329IElli OchowiczUSA1:19.94
335OSviatlana RadkevichBLR1:20.11
344ILee Bo-RaKOR1:21.19
353IDaniela OlteanROU1:21.70
DNF14ORen HuiCHNfall