| Event type

1,500 metres, Men

Date 5 February 1932 — 9:30
LocationJames C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Participants18 from 6 countries
Olympic Record 2:20.8 / Clas Thunberg FIN / 27 January 1924
StarterWilliam E. RoughtonCAN
RefereeJoseph SavageUSA

Only North Americans made it through to the final in this event – three Canadians and three Americans did qualify. The North Americans shut out Norwegian favourites Bernt Evensen and Hans Engnestangen in the first heat. The second heat began with an incredibly slow lap, as none of the skaters wanted to take the lead. A restart was ordered, but the pace changed little until the final lap. The third race was somewhat more exciting, with Sweden’s Ingvar Lindberg trying to break away from the pack. He was only caught at 150 m from the finish line, but was then overtaken by the entire field.

Alex Hurd took the lead on the first lap of the final, then swerved to the side to let 500 m champion Shea ahead. On the second lap, Ray Murray took over. The American faded on the final lap, being passed by Shea. Herb Taylor followed close-by in second, but tripped over an ice bump and fell. This left a comfortable lead for Shea, who won his second gold of the Games, followed by the three Canadians. After the race, the Norwegian delegation pointed out to the referee the rule that the time in the final of an event should be faster than the average of the heats contested. Shea’s time had been 10 seconds slower than the required average, but the referee chose to ignore this rule.

Jack Shea, who competed in the Lake Placid Olympics while on leave from Dartmouth College, would later become the patriarch of an Olympic family. His son Jim participated in the 1964 Olympics as a Nordic skier, while his grandson, Jim, Jr., competed in skeleton in 2002. Jack would not be there to see his grandson, as he killed in a collision with a drunk driver, shortly before the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Jim, Jr. first recited the Olympic oath like his grandfather had in 1932, and then won the gold medal, carrying a picture of him in his helmet. Active in the local administration of the town of North Elba, Shea was also involved in the organisation of the 1980 Winter Olympics in his home town of Lake Placid.

1Jack SheaUSAGold
2Alex HurdCANSilver
3Willy LoganCANBronze
4Frank StackCAN
5Ray MurrayUSA
6Herb TaylorUSA
3 h1 r1/2Bernt EvensenNOR
4 h1 r1/2Hans EngnestangenNOR
5 h1 r1/2Ossi BlomqvistFIN
6 h1 r1/2Tomeju UrumaJPN
3 h2 r1/2Ivar BallangrudNOR
4 h2 r1/2Herb FlackCAN
5 h2 r1/2Shozo IshiharaJPN
6 h2 r1/2Lloyd GuentherUSA
3 h3 r1/2Michael StaksrudNOR
4 h3 r1/2Yasuo KawamuraJPN
5 h3 r1/2Tokuo KitaniJPN
6 h3 r1/2Ingvar LindbergSWE
DNSMarion McCarthyCAN
DNSHarry SmythCAN
DNSLeo SylvestreCAN
DNSErling LindboeNOR
DNSHaakon PedersenNOR
DNSJohn O'Neil FarrellUSA
DNSIrving JaffeeUSA
DNSEddie MurphyUSA
DNSAllan PottsUSA

Round One

Date5 February 1932 — 9:30
FormatTop two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat #1

1Herb TaylorUSA2:49.3Q
2Frank StackCANQ
3Bernt EvensenNOR
4Hans EngnestangenNOR
5Ossi BlomqvistFIN
6Tomeju UrumaJPN

Heat #2

1Jack SheaUSA2:58.0Q
2Willy LoganCANQ
3Ivar BallangrudNOR
4Herb FlackCAN
5Shozo IshiharaJPN
6Lloyd GuentherUSA

Heat #3

1Ray MurrayUSA2:29.9Q
2Alex HurdCANQ
3Michael StaksrudNOR
4Yasuo KawamuraJPN
5Tokuo KitaniJPN
6Ingvar LindbergSWE

Final Round

Date5 February 1932
1Jack SheaUSA2:57.5
2Alex HurdCAN
3Willy LoganCAN
4Frank StackCAN
5Ray MurrayUSA
6Herb TaylorUSA