| Event type

500 metres, Men

Date 4 February 1964 — 12:40
LocationEisschnellaufbahn im Olympiaeisstadion, Innsbruck
Participants44 from 19 countries
Olympic Record 40.2 / Yevgeny Grishin URS / 24 February 1960
40.2 / Yevgeny Grishin URS / 28 January 1956
StarterGustav SlanecAUT
RefereeSven LåftmanSWE

Yevgeny Grishin had won the gold medal in both 1956 and 1960 and had not lost an international 500 since 1956, when he placed second at the distance at the World Championships. He was the world record holder and won the distance at the 1962 and 1963 Worlds, and the 1962 European Championship. Although he was now 33-years-old, he was still the favorite. Skating in the second pair, Grishin posted 40.6, which looked solid, and held up for a long time. The time was equaled in the fourth pair by his teammate, Vladimir Orlov, and Norway’s Alv Gjestvang, skating in the seventh pair, but nobody beat it for a long time. The in the 17th pair, unheralded American Terry McDermott, using skates borrowed from his coach, 1936 500 bronze medalist Leo Freisinger, shocked everyone with a Olympic record time of 40.1. McDermott was skating in his first international event and had skated almost exclusively pack-style prior to the 1964 Winter Olympics. But his time held up for an unlikely gold medal, and it would be the only gold medal won by the United States at the Innsbruck Olympics. In 1968, McDermott would return to win a silver medal, despite skating late in the day, on very slow ice due to a thaw. Grishin, Orlov, and Gjestvang all won silver medals. McDermott’s brother, Don, had won a silver medal in the 500 at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

117OTerry McDermottUSA40.1ORGold
=27OAlv GjestvangNOR40.6Silver
=22IYevgeny GrishinURS40.6Silver
=24IVladimir OrlovURS40.6Silver
519OKeiichi SuzukiJPN40.7
613IEddie Rudolph, Jr.USA40.9
78IHeike HedlundSWE41.0
=821IBill DisneyUSA41.1
=84OVilly HaugenNOR41.1
=1011IHroar ElvenesNOR41.4
=107IRaymond FonvieilleFRA41.4
=1012ORafael GrachURS41.4
=102OSimo RinneFIN41.4
141OTom GrayUSA41.5
1521OBoris GulyayevURS41.7
=163IHelmut KuhnertGER41.8
=1618IPekka LattunenFIN41.8
=1616OFumio NagakuboJPN41.8
=199OJuhani JärvinenFIN41.9
=1915IKim Zin-HookPRK41.9
2119IMagne ThomassenNOR42.0
226OBjörn LekmanSWE42.1
2320IToivo SalonenFIN42.2
=248OHerbert HöflGER42.3
=2416IGünther TilchGER42.3
2617IAndré KouprianoffFRA42.5
=275ITerry MalkinGBR42.6
=2711OBo OllanderSWE42.6
2920OManne LavåsSWE42.7
301IRi Sung-RyoolPRK43.0
316IElio LocatelliITA43.1
3214IOldřich TeplýTCH43.2
=3312IFrançois BruerenBEL43.4
=3322IGünter TraubGER43.4
3513OManfred ZojerAUT43.5
363OPeter ToyflAUT43.7
3710OMihály MartosHUN44.0
3822OLuvsanlkhagvyn DashnyamMGL44.1
3918ORalf OlinCAN44.2
4014OGyörgy IvánkaiHUN44.3
419ISatoshi ShinpoJPN44.4
425OChoi Yeong-BaeKOR44.8
4315OJean-Pierre GuéronSUI44.9
4410IThomas DawsonGBR45.2