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Speed Skating at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Chamonix, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Chamonix
Date Started: January 27, 1924
Date Finished: January 27, 1924

Gold: FIN Julius Skutnabb
Silver: FIN Clas Thunberg
Bronze: NOR Roald Larsen

Summary

As with the other distances, season times were a poor indication of favorites, as only the Finns had been training in Davos - the fastest rink at the time. There, Julius Skutnabb had recorded 18:02.4. Skutnabb was a veteran, 34 years old. He had already competed internationally prior to World War I, and was still among the top skaters when competition resumed in the 1920s.

Skutnabb was drawn against his teammate, Clas Thunberg. He had already won two Olympic titles and was virtually certain of the allround gold as well. He was not considered a strong 10000 m skater, and the two struck a deal to help Skutnabb win a gold medal as well. The plan worked perfectly, as they recorded the first and second best times of the competition. The Norwegians, who had been 1-2-3 up to that time moved down in the standings. The only remaining Norwegian was Frithjof Paulsen, a long distance specialist. With 18:13.0, he fell just short of the medals.

Chamonix would become Skutnabb's lucky rink, as he won his only other major title there as well. In 1926, he won the European Championships with three distance victories out of four races.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1 Julius Skutnabb 34 Finland FIN Gold 18:04.8 48 1:30 2:12 2:54 3:36 4:18 5:01 5:43 6:25 7:08 7:52 8:34 9:17 10:00 10:44 11:29 12:12 12:56 13:40 14:24 15:09 15:53 16:37 17:21 OR
2 Clas Thunberg 30 Finland FIN Silver 18:07.8
3 Roald Larsen 26 Norway NOR Bronze 18:12.2 45 1:27 2:10 2:53 3:36 4:19 5:03 5:47 6:30 7:14 7:59 8:42 9:27 10:11 10:55 11:39 12:23 13:07 13:51 14:35 15:19 16:03 16:46 17:29 OR
4 Frithjof Paulsen 28 Norway NOR 18:13.0
5 Harald Strøm 26 Norway NOR 18:18.6 47 1:29 2:11 2:52 3:36 4:20 5:03 5:47 6:31 7:14 7:59 8:42 9:27 10:11 10:55 11:39 12:23 13:07 13:52 14:36 15:20 16:05 16:51 17:35 OR
6 Sigurd Moen 26 Norway NOR 18:19.0
7 Léon Quaglia France FRA 18:25.0
8 Valentine Bialas 21 United States USA 18:34.0
9 Richard Donovan 22 United States USA 18:57.0
10 Asser Wallenius 21 Finland FIN 19:03.8
11 Alberts Rumba 31 Latvia LAT 19:14.6
12 Joe Moore 23 United States USA 19:36.2 OR
13 Harry Kaskey 21 United States USA 19:45.2
14 Leon Jucewicz 21 Poland POL 20:40.8
15 André Gegout 19 France FRA 21:03.4
AC Georges de Wilde 23 France FRA DNF