Speed Skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics

Dates 9 – 17 February 1968
Medal Events 8

The 1968 speed skating events were held at the Speed Rink, built at the Parc Paul Mistral specifically for the Grenoble Winter Olympics. The rink was outdoors but was built with artificial ice. Since the 1968 Winter Olympics, six other major tournaments have been conducted there, beginning with the 1969 Women’s World Championships. But the last two tournaments were the 1981 World Sprints and the 1979 World Juniors and it has not been used internationally since, although a few national events were contested there in the early 1990s.

There was no dominant skater in 1968, as there often is at a Winter Olympics, such as 1964, when Lidiya Skoblikova won all four women’s gold medals, or in 1972, when Ard Schenk would win three of the four men’s gold medals. Both Skoblikova and Schenk were in Grenoble competing, but Skoblikova was past her prime, and Schenk had not yet reached his.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
500 metres, Men Olympic 14 February 1968 48 17
1,500 metres, Men Olympic 16 February 1968 53 18
5,000 metres, Men Olympic 15 February 1968 38 17
10,000 metres, Men Olympic 17 February 1968 28 13
500 metres, Women Olympic 9 February 1968 28 11
1,000 metres, Women Olympic 11 February 1968 29 12
1,500 metres, Women Olympic 10 February 1968 30 12
3,000 metres, Women Olympic 12 February 1968 26 12
129 (86/43) 19 (18/13)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres, Men Erhard KellerFRG Terry McDermott
Magne Thomassen
USA
NOR
1,500 metres, Men Kees VerkerkNED Ivar Eriksen
Ard Schenk
NOR
NED
5,000 metres, Men Fred Anton MaierNOR Kees VerkerkNED Peter NottetNED
10,000 metres, Men Johnny HöglinSWE Fred Anton MaierNOR Örjan SandlerSWE
500 metres, Women Lyudmila TitovaURS Jenny Fish
Dianne Holum
Mary Meyers
USA
USA
USA
1,000 metres, Women Carry GeijssenNED Lyudmila TitovaURS Dianne HolumUSA
1,500 metres, Women Kaija MustonenFIN Carry GeijssenNED Stien KaiserNED
3,000 metres, Women Ans SchutNED Kaija MustonenFIN Stien KaiserNED

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Netherlands NED 3 3 3 9
Norway NOR 1 3 0 4
Finland FIN 1 1 0 2
Soviet Union URS 1 1 0 2
Sweden SWE 1 0 1 2
West Germany FRG 1 0 0 1
United States USA 0 4 1 5