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Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's 10,000 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 27, 1960
Date Finished: February 27, 1960

Gold: NOR Knut Johannesen
Silver: URS Viktor Kosichkin
Bronze: SWE Kjell Bäckman

Summary

At the beginning of the season, Knut Johannesen in the 10K was the strongest favorite in any men’s event. He was the 1956 silver medalist, and had won most of the major meets at the distance since 1958, including the 1958 and 1959 World and European Championships. But he had recently struggled a bit, placing only seventh all-around and seventh at the distance at the recent 1960 World Championships, and although he had won the 1960 Europeans, his third consecutive all-around title at the meet, he had placed only third in the 10,000, won by Sweden’s Ivar Nilsson. The recent 5,000 gold medalist, Viktor Kosichkin, was also considered a challenger. The world record in the event was the vaunted 16:32.6, set by Hjalmar Andersen at Hamar, long ago in 1952, although it was tenuous. In 1959 it had been bettered at Chelyabinsk by Nikolajs Sjtelbaums with 16:31.4, and in January 1960 by both Sjtelbaums and Vladimir Shilykovsky at Medeo, but neither record was ratified by the ISU.

Unlike the men’s 1,500 and 5,000, the day of the 10,000 dawned with perfect weather, clear skies and no wind. In the second pair, Sweden’s Kjell Bäckman broke Andersen’s world record easily, finishing in 16:14.2. But it would eventually bring him only a bronze medal. Johannesen was up two pairs later. He set a fast pace, and was 10 seconds ahead of Bäckman at 5,600 metres. It seemed too fast, but it was not, and he would continue at that speed to the end, crossing almost 28 seconds ahead of Bäckman, and a full 46 seconds ahead of Andersen’s world record, in 15:46.6, the first 10K ever under 16 minutes. Kosichkin was in the sixth pair. Remarkably, he went out even faster than Johannesen and was ahead through 6,400 m, and they were tied at 7,600 metres, but the pace then wore on him. He finished in 15:49.2. A tremendous time, 44+ seconds better than the world record, it would bring him only a silver medal.

Johannesen’s 10K in Squaw Valley is considered one of the legendary performances in speed skating history, though the perfect weather, clear ice, and high altitude certainly contributed. Some speed skating experts thought the record would never be broken, but it lasted only until 1963. Johannesen would return in 1964 to complete his medal set in the event, winning a bronze. He was all-around World Champion in 1957 and 1964.

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 Knut Johannesen 26 Norway NOR Gold 15:46.6 40 1:18 1:55 2:33 3:11 3:49 4:27 5:04 5:42 6:20 6:57 7:35 8:12 8:50 9:28 10:05 10:42 11:20 11:58 12:36 13:14 13:52 14:31 15:09 WR
2 Viktor Kosichkin 21 Soviet Union URS Silver 15:49.2 41 1:19 1:56 2:33 3:11 3:48 4:26 5:03 5:41 6:18 6:56 7:33 8:10 8:48 9:26 10:04 10:42 11:20 11:58 12:37 13:15 13:54 14:32 15:11
3 Kjell Bäckman 25 Sweden SWE Bronze 16:14.2 40 1:18 1:56 2:34 3:12 3:50 4:29 5:08 5:47 6:25 7:04 7:43 8:21 9:00 9:39 10:18 10:58 11:37 12:16 12:55 13:35 14:14 14:54 15:34 WR
4 Ivar Nilsson 26 Sweden SWE 16:26.0 42 1:21 1:59 2:38 3:16 3:55 4:33 5:12 5:51 6:30 7:10 7:50 8:30 9:10 9:50 10:30 11:10 11:50 12:30 13:09 13:47 14:27 15:07 15:47
5 Terry Monaghan 26 Great Britain GBR 16:31.6 42 1:21 2:00 2:39 3:18 3:57 4:36 5:15 5:55 6:33 7:13 7:53 8:33 9:14 9:54 10:34 11:14 11:54 12:34 13:14 13:54 14:33 15:14 15:53
6 Torstein Seiersten 28 Norway NOR 16:33.4 41 1:19 1:58 2:36 3:14 3:52 4:32 5:11 5:50 6:29 7:08 7:48 8:27 9:06 9:45 10:24 11:04 11:44 12:24 13:05 13:47 14:29 15:10 15:52
7 Olle Dahlberg 31 Sweden SWE 16:34.6 42 1:21 2:00 2:39 3:16 3:55 4:34 5:14 5:53 6:32 7:12 7:52 8:32 9:12 9:52 10:32 11:12 11:53 12:33 13:14 13:54 14:35 15:15 15:56
8 Juhani Järvinen 24 Finland FIN 16:35.4 41 1:19 1:57 2:35 3:14 3:52 4:30 5:08 5:46 6:25 7:04 7:43 8:21 9:00 9:40 10:20 10:59 11:39 12:19 13:00 13:41 14:22 15:03 15:44
9 Keijo Tapiovaara 20 Finland FIN 16:37.2 42 1:21 2:00 2:38 3:17 3:54 4:34 5:13 5:51 6:30 7:09 7:48 8:28 9:07 9:47 10:26 11:06 11:46 12:27 13:09 13:50 14:31 15:13 15:55
10 Ross Zucco 25 United States USA 16:37.6 41 1:18 1:56 2:33 3:12 3:51 4:29 5:09 5:48 6:28 7:09 7:50 8:31 9:12 9:54 10:34 11:15 11:56 12:37 13:18 13:59 14:41 15:21 16:00
11 André Kouprianoff 21 France FRA 16:39.1 41 1:21 2:00 2:40 3:19 3:58 4:38 5:18 5:58 6:38 7:18 7:57 8:36 9:17 9:58 10:38 11:19 12:00 12:41 13:22 14:02 14:42 15:22 16:02
12 Jan Pesman 28 Netherlands NED 16:41.0 41 1:17 1:54 2:31 3:09 3:47 4:25 5:03 5:41 6:20 6:59 7:39 8:20 9:00 9:40 10:21 11:02 11:44 12:28 13:11 13:53 14:34 15:16 15:58
13 Helmut Kuhnert 23 Germany GER 16:43.4 43 1:23 2:04 2:42 3:20 4:00 4:41 5:20 6:00 6:40 7:20 8:01 8:41 9:20 10:01 10:40 11:20 12:00 12:41 13:21 14:02 14:42 15:22 16:03
14 Renato De Riva 22 Italy ITA 16:45.7 42 1:20 1:56 2:36 3:15 3:55 4:33 5:13 5:54 6:34 7:14 7:55 8:35 9:16 9:56 10:36 11:16 11:56 12:37 13:18 13:59 14:41 15:23 16:05
15 Arnold Uhrlass 28 United States USA 16:49.3 40 1:19 1:56 2:34 3:12 3:51 4:30 5:10 5:51 6:31 7:12 7:53 8:34 9:15 9:57 10:38 11:20 12:00 12:42 13:24 14:05 14:46 15:28 16:08
16 Kees Broekman 32 Netherlands NED 16:59.9 41 1:19 1:58 2:37 3:16 3:54 4:34 5:14 5:55 6:35 7:16 7:57 8:38 9:20 10:02 10:43 11:25 12:06 12:48 13:30 14:12 14:55 15:37 16:19
17 Kurt Stille 25 Denmark DEN 17:00.0 42 1:20 1:59 2:38 3:18 3:58 4:38 5:19 6:00 6:41 7:23 8:05 8:46 9:28 10:09 10:50 11:32 12:13 12:54 13:35 14:15 14:56 15:37 16:19
18 Mario Gios 23 Italy ITA 17:06.3 42 1:21 1:59 2:40 3:19 3:58 4:38 5:19 6:00 6:41 7:22 8:04 8:47 9:29 10:11 10:53 11:35 12:17 12:58 13:40 14:21 15:03 15:45 16:26
19 Hermann Strutz 21 Austria AUT 17:06.5 42 1:20 2:00 2:39 3:18 3:58 4:37 5:17 5:57 6:38 7:18 7:59 8:42 9:23 10:05 10:47 11:30 12:12 12:54 13:36 14:18 15:00 15:42 16:25
20 Vladimir Shilykovsky 26 Soviet Union URS 17:13.9 41 1:19 1:57 2:35 3:14 3:54 4:33 5:13 5:52 6:31 7:11 7:51 8:31 9:12 9:53 10:35 11:17 12:00 12:43 13:27 14:12 14:56 15:41 16:28
21 Shuji Kobayashi 20 Japan JPN 17:20.8 43 1:22 2:02 2:41 3:20 4:00 4:40 5:20 6:00 6:40 7:20 8:01 8:42 9:23 10:04 10:45 11:27 12:10 12:54 13:39 14:24 15:08 15:53 16:37
22 Jeen van den Berg 32 Netherlands NED 17:23.5 44 1:25 2:05 2:45 3:22 4:05 4:45 5:25 6:06 6:49 7:30 8:13 8:55 9:38 10:20 11:03 11:45 12:27 13:10 13:52 14:35 15:18 16:01 16:43
23 Roald Aas 31 Norway NOR 17:26.8 43 1:22 2:02 2:42 3:22 4:04 4:46 5:28 6:11 6:53 7:35 8:18 9:00 9:43 10:25 11:09 11:52 12:34 13:17 14:00 14:41 15:23 16:04 16:46
24 Leo Tynkkynen 25 Finland FIN 17:33.6 46 1:27 2:07 2:48 3:29 4:10 4:52 5:34 6:16 6:58 7:40 8:21 9:04 9:46 10:28 11:10 11:53 12:36 13:18 14:01 14:43 15:25 16:07 16:49
25 Takeo Mizoo 22 Japan JPN 17:42.0 44 1:26 2:06 2:46 3:27 4:08 4:49 5:30 6:12 6:54 7:35 8:16 8:58 9:39 10:21 11:03 11:46 12:28 13:11 13:55 14:39 15:25 16:11 16:57
26 Jang In-Won South Korea KOR 17:45.7 43 1:24 2:05 2:46 3:27 4:10 4:52 5:35 6:18 7:01 7:45 8:28 9:10 9:55 10:37 11:20 12:01 12:43 13:25 14:09 14:52 15:35 16:19 17:03
27 Ralf Olin 34 Canada CAN 17:50.9 46 1:27 2:07 2:48 3:29 4:11 4:53 5:35 6:16 6:59 7:41 8:23 9:06 9:49 10:32 11:15 11:59 12:43 13:27 14:11 14:54 15:28 16:23 17:07
28 Choi Yeong-Bae 21 South Korea KOR 18:15.5 42 1:20 1:59 2:39 3:19 4:00 4:43 5:25 6:08 6:52 7:36 8:19 9:05 9:50 10:35 11:21 12:05 12:51 13:38 14:23 15:09 15:53 16:38 17:21
29 Heinz Wolfram 25 Germany GER 18:37.0 44 1:25 2:08 2:51 3:34 4:18 5:02 5:46 6:30 7:15 7:59 8:44 9:28 10:13 10:58 11:43 12:29 13:15 14:01 14:48 15:33 16:20 17:06 17:52
AC Nikolajs Štelbaums 26 Soviet Union URS [16:41.9] DQ