Speed Skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Dates 13 – 27 February 2010
Medal Events 12

The 2010 speed skating events were held in the city of Richmond, part of the Vancouver metropolitan area. Competitions were held in the Richmond Olympic Oval, situated along the Fraser River, not far from the Pacific Ocean. It was hence the first time ever that Olympic speed skating was contested at sea level (although the 1952 Bislett Stadium was a mere 37 m above sea level).

The program was identical to 2006, although there were a few rule changes. In the 500 m event, the overall results were now decided by 1/1000s of a second, although formally the individual race results were, strangely enough, still in 1/100s. The qualifying round for the pursuit event was dropped, and the competition moved to the end of the Games as not to interfere with preparation for individual events. Finally, pursuit teams were only allowed to include one substitute, and all team members had to be entered in at least one other Olympic race.

As in 2006, six different countries took gold medals, among them two for the Czech Republic, winning its first medals in the sport through Martina Sáblíková. She was also the most successful skater in Vancouver with three medals total, adding a bronze. Also notable was the fact that South Korea won three gold and two silver medals, where it had previously only ever won two medals. Finally, Poland won a single bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit, the first speed skating prize for the nation in 50 years.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
500 metres, Men Olympic 15 February 2010 39 12
1,000 metres, Men Olympic 17 February 2010 38 13
1,500 metres, Men Olympic 20 February 2010 37 14
5,000 metres, Men Olympic 13 February 2010 28 16
10,000 metres, Men Olympic 23 February 2010 15 9
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic 26 – 27 February 2010 29 8
500 metres, Women Olympic 16 February 2010 36 14
1,000 metres, Women Olympic 18 February 2010 36 15
1,500 metres, Women Olympic 21 February 2010 36 14
3,000 metres, Women Olympic 14 February 2010 28 13
5,000 metres, Women Olympic 24 February 2010 16 9
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Olympic 26 – 27 February 2010 28 8
177 (94/83) 24 (18/18)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres, Men Mo Tae-BeomKOR Keiichiro NagashimaJPN Joji KatoJPN
1,000 metres, Men Shani DavisUSA Mo Tae-BeomKOR Chad HedrickUSA
1,500 metres, Men Mark TuitertNED Shani DavisUSA Håvard BøkkoNOR
5,000 metres, Men Sven KramerNED Lee Seung-HunKOR Ivan SkobrevRUS
10,000 metres, Men Lee Seung-HunKOR Ivan SkobrevRUS Bob de JongNED
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men CanadaCAN United StatesUSA NetherlandsNED
500 metres, Women Lee Sang-HwaKOR Jenny WolfGER Wang BeixingCHN
1,000 metres, Women Christine NesbittCAN Annette GerritsenNED Laurine van RiessenNED
1,500 metres, Women Ireen WüstNED Kristina GrovesCAN Martina SáblíkováCZE
3,000 metres, Women Martina SáblíkováCZE Stephanie BeckertGER Kristina GrovesCAN
5,000 metres, Women Martina SáblíkováCZE Stephanie BeckertGER Clara HughesCAN
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women GermanyGER JapanJPN PolandPOL

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Republic of Korea KOR 3 2 0 5
Netherlands NED 3 1 3 7
Canada CAN 2 1 2 5
Czech Republic CZE 2 0 1 3
Germany GER 1 3 0 4
United States USA 1 2 1 4
Japan JPN 0 2 1 3
Russian Federation RUS 0 1 1 2
Norway NOR 0 0 1 1
People's Republic of China CHN 0 0 1 1
Poland POL 0 0 1 1