| Event type

1,000 metres, Women

Date23 February 1994 — 16:00
LocationOlympiahall, Hamar
Participants36 from 12 countries
Olympic Record 1:17.65 WR / Christa Rothenburger GDR / 26 February 1988
StarterPer BjønniNOR
RefereeLouw HekkemaNED

Had the 500 m been an easy win for Bonnie Blair, the 1,000 m turned out to be a virtual walkover. As in the 500 m, Blair had been the overwhelming favorite for the distance. After a bronze medal in 1988, she had won the gold at the 1992 Olympics. She had also won all six international 1000 ms during the current season, including two at the World Sprint Championships in January, where she also took the overall title.

Starting in the second pair, she quickly did away with any hopes other competitors might have had. With 1:18.74, she record her second fastest 1,000 m ever (only bested by her 1988 bronze medal time). Her pairmate was Ye Qiaobo, two-time silver medallist in 1992. After winning the 1993 World Sprint Championships, Ye had been considered a title candidate for Lillehammer, but a knee injury foiled her plans. Not fully recovered, the Chinese skater was glad to win her third Olympic medal in 1:20.22, which was enough for bronze. As expected, the third medalist came from Germany. However, where former World Champions Monique Garbrecht or Angela Hauck had been favored for the medal, it was Anke Baier who took home the silver medal. While Baier had collected several World Cup medals in the 1993 season, she had not done as well in the Olympic year, and her medal was therefore surprising.

Blair’s fifth Olympic title made her the first American woman to win five gold medals. She also became the second most successful female speed skater, ranking only behind Lidiya Skoblikova’s six golds from 1960 and 1964.

12OBonnie BlairUSA1:18.74Gold
23IAnke BaierGER1:20.12Silver
32IYe QiaoboCHN1:20.22Bronze
46IFranziska SchenkGER1:20.25
55OMonique GarbrechtGER1:20.32
65IShiho KusunoseJPN1:20.37
711OEmese HunyadyAUT1:20.42
83OSusan AuchCAN1:20.72
912IOksana RavilovaRUS1:20.82
1015INataliya PolozkovaRUS1:20.84
119OSvetlana FedotkinaRUS1:20.89
=124OAngela HauckGER1:20.93
=126OXue RuihongCHN1:20.93
1411IAnnamarie ThomasNED1:20.94
151OYu Seon-HuiKOR1:21.40
1616IJin HuaCHN1:21.48
178IMihaela DascăluROU1:21.94
184IKyoko ShimazakiJPN1:21.96
191ICatriona Le MayCAN1:21.98
2010IChristine AaftinkNED1:22.16
217OSeiko HashimotoJPN1:22.31
2213IEmese AntalAUT1:22.34
2317IChris WittyUSA1:22.42
=2418ISvetlana BoyarkinaRUS1:22.44
=2414IMichelle KlineUSA1:22.44
269IEdel Therese HøisethNOR1:22.98
278OMayumi YamamotoJPN1:23.15
=2810OCerasela HordobețiuROU1:23.19
=2816OIngrid LiepaCAN1:23.19
3012OYang ChunyuanCHN1:23.27
317IChantal BaileyUSA1:23.52
3213OGang Mi-YeongKOR1:24.19
3314OMichelle MortonCAN1:24.41
3418OKrisztina EgyedHUN1:24.71
3517OCheon Hui-JuKOR1:25.67
3615OJeong Bae-YeongKOR1:25.93