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500 metres, Women

Date 8 February 1932
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationJames C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Participants10 from 2 countries

There were two heats with three skaters advancing to the final from each. Canadians Lela Brooks-Potter and Jean Wilson won the heats, and Wilson went on to win the final, followed by American Elizabeth Dubois with Kit Klein (USA) placing third. The winning time, 58.0, was faster than the official world record set by Liselotte Landbeck a month earlier, but Wilson’s time was not recognized, having been set in the North American pack style format.

In 1936, Klein would win the first official all-around World Championship for women. She would also set two official world records, over 1,000 metres in 1935 and at 3,000 m in 1936. Wilson, the 1931 North American champion, would tragically die in 1933 from rapid onset myasthenia gravis.

PosPairSkaterNOC
1Jean WilsonCAN
2Elizabeth DuBoisUSA
3Kit KleinUSA
4Lela Brooks-PotterCAN
5Elsie Muller-McLaveUSA
6Helen BinaUSA
4 h1 r1/2Hattie DonaldsonCAN
4 h2 r1/2Dorothy FraneyUSA
5 h1 r1/2Geraldine MackieCAN
5 h2 r1/2Florence HurdCAN

Final Round (8 February 1932)

PosSkaterNOCTime
1Jean WilsonCAN58.0
2Elizabeth DuBoisUSA
3Kit KleinUSA
4Lela Brooks-PotterCAN
5Elsie Muller-McLaveUSA
6Helen BinaUSA

Round One (8 February 1932)

Heat One ()

PosSkaterNOCTime
1Lela Brooks-PotterCAN1:02.4Q
2Elsie Muller-McLaveUSAQ
3Helen BinaUSAQ
4Hattie DonaldsonCAN
5Geraldine MackieCAN

Heat Two ()

PosSkaterNOCTime
1Jean WilsonCAN1:00.4Q
2Kit KleinUSAQ
3Elizabeth DuBoisUSAQ
4Dorothy FraneyUSA
5Florence HurdCAN