Speed Skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Dates 10 – 24 February 2018
Medal Events 14

Twelve years after the last change - the introduction of the team pursuit in 2006 - the Olympic program for speed skating was once again extended. The mass start event was added. Mass start skating had already been contested at the 1932 Lake Placid Games, when North American rules were applied to the traditional distances. A form of mass start had been introduced in the World Cup in the 2005/2006 season, and gained official status in 2011/2012. Starting in 2014/2015, the distance was pinned to 16 laps (of the inside of the track), and it gained World Championships status. The admission of the new events forced the ISU to drop the two-run 500 m events, reducing them again to a single run, as had been the case until 1994.

Competitions were held in the Gangneung Oval, which had opened in 2017 when it hosted the World Single Distance Championships. On that occasion, despite being at sea level, the rink had shown to be quite fast, among other producing the second fastest 10,000 m ever (12:38.89 by Sven Kramer). In Sochi, the Netherlands had dominated the sport, winning 8 out of 12 titles and 23 of 32 medals. As a result, national quota in events had been lowered. In the three shortest distances, the quorum per country was now 3 skaters (previously 4), while in the longest event (and the new mass start), it was 2 (previously 3). While still the foremost speed skating nation in 2018, the Dutch were a bit less dominant, although they still claimed half of the 14 gold medals and 16 medals in all. Notably, the two team pursuit titles were won by Norway (men) and Japan (women), both nations that had not claimed an Olympic title since 1998. No skater dominated individually, although both Kjeld Nuis and Nana Takagi earned two gold medals. Also notable was the début of the first South American speed skaters as Colombia sent two skaters. Both of them had a background in inline skating, a sport in which Colombia has been very successful for many years.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
500 metres, Men Olympic 19 February 2018 36 17
1,000 metres, Men Olympic 23 February 2018 36 19
1,500 metres, Men Olympic 13 February 2018 35 19
5,000 metres, Men Olympic 11 February 2018 22 14
10,000 metres, Men Olympic 15 February 2018 12 8
Mass Start, Men Olympic 24 February 2018 24 18
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men Olympic 18 – 21 February 2018 29 8
500 metres, Women Olympic 18 February 2018 31 18
1,000 metres, Women Olympic 14 February 2018 31 15
1,500 metres, Women Olympic 12 February 2018 27 14
3,000 metres, Women Olympic 10 February 2018 24 13
5,000 metres, Women Olympic 16 February 2018 12 9
Mass Start, Women Olympic 24 February 2018 24 15
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Olympic 19 – 21 February 2018 30 8
183 (101/82) 29 (27/23)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
500 metres, Men Håvard Holmefjord LorentzenNOR Cha Min-GyuKOR Gao TingyuCHN
1,000 metres, Men Kjeld NuisNED Håvard Holmefjord LorentzenNOR Kim Tae-YunKOR
1,500 metres, Men Kjeld NuisNED Patrick RoestNED Kim Min-SeokKOR
5,000 metres, Men Sven KramerNED Ted-Jan BloemenCAN Sverre Lunde PedersenNOR
10,000 metres, Men Ted-Jan BloemenCAN Jorrit BergsmaNED Nicola TumoleroITA
Mass Start, Men Lee Seung-HunKOR Bart SwingsBEL Koen VerweijNED
Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men NorwayNOR Republic of KoreaKOR NetherlandsNED
500 metres, Women Nao KodairaJPN Lee Sang-HwaKOR Karolína ErbanováCZE
1,000 metres, Women Jorien ter MorsNED Nao KodairaJPN Miho TakagiJPN
1,500 metres, Women Ireen WüstNED Miho TakagiJPN Marrit LeenstraNED
3,000 metres, Women Carlijn AchtereekteNED Ireen WüstNED Antoinette de JongNED
5,000 metres, Women Esmee VisserNED Martina SáblíkováCZE Nataliya VoroninaOAR
Mass Start, Women Nana TakagiJPN Kim Bo-ReumKOR Irene SchoutenNED
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women JapanJPN NetherlandsNED United StatesUSA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Netherlands NED 7 4 5 16
Japan JPN 3 2 1 6
Norway NOR 2 1 1 4
Republic of Korea KOR 1 4 2 7
Canada CAN 1 1 0 2
Czech Republic CZE 0 1 1 2
Belgium BEL 0 1 0 1
Italy ITA 0 0 1 1
Olympic Athletes from Russia OAR 0 0 1 1
People's Republic of China CHN 0 0 1 1
United States USA 0 0 1 1