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Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Men's 1,500 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 26, 1960
Date Finished: February 26, 1960

Gold: URS Yevgeny Grishin
NOR Roald Aas
Bronze: URS Boris Stenin

Summary

Several skaters were highly considered in this event, although there was no clear favorite. The co-defending champion, Yevgeny Grishin, was back and was a top sprinter. The other 1956 champion, Yury Mikhaylov, did not compete in Squaw Valley. The world record holder with 2:06.2 was Finnish skater [Juhani Järvinen], who had set the record in March 1959 in a pre-Olympic meet in Squaw Valley. He had won the distance at the 1959 European Championships, and was second at the 1959 World Championships. At the recent 1960 World and European Championships, the distance had been won by Boris Stenin and Knut Johannesen, respectively, although Johannesen was normally considered better at the longer distances.

The day of the race was clear but with very high winds, as in the 5,000 the day before, which hampered the skaters and slowed down the times a bit. A large field of 48 skaters answered the gun. Among the favorites, Stenin was off first, in the sixth pair. He started well and was the first skater to pass 700 metres in under a minute, and finished in 2:11.5 to take the lead. The time held up until the ninth pair when Norway’s Roald Aas finished in 2:10.4. Aas was well off Stenin’s pace even thru 1,100 metres, but finished very strongly. Aas skated alongside Järvinen, who was behind Aas throughout and could not match his final lap, finishing in 2:13.1, which would place him tied for fifth. Grishin started in the 13th pair, and set the fastest pace. His splits were 26 seconds, 58 seconds, and 1:32, all the fastest of the event, but he could not match Aas’s finish, and he crossed the line in 2:10.4. The times would hold up with Grishin and Aas tieing for first, with Stenin third. Amazingly, the event had co-champions as it had in 1956.

Aas was not new to the podium at the Olympics as he had been the bronze medalist in this event in 1952 at Oslo. He had had a solid international career since 1951, finishing third in all-around at the 1957 and 1960 European Championships and the 1958 World Championships. He retired after this, his greatest triumph. Grishin had been competing internationally since 1954. Among the greatest sprinters ever, he was almost never beaten at 500 metres, and in the 1,500, had won the distance at the 1955 and 1957 Europeans, in addition to his two Olympic golds. He continued to race after Squaw Valley, though less frequently after 1963, but would appear at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, winning a silver in the 500 in 1964.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 3c 7c 1.1k
1T Roald Aas 31 Norway NOR Gold 2:10.4 28 1:00 1:35
1T Yevgeny Grishin 28 Soviet Union URS Gold 2:10.4 26 58 1:32
3 Boris Stenin 25 Soviet Union URS Bronze 2:11.5 27 59 1:33
4 Jouko Jokinen 23 Finland FIN 2:12.0 27 1:01 1:35
5T Per-Olof Brogren 20 Sweden SWE 2:13.1 28 1:01 1:36
5T Juhani Järvinen 24 Finland FIN 2:13.1 28 1:02 1:36
7 Toivo Salonen 26 Finland FIN 2:13.1 27 1:00 1:35
8 André Kouprianoff 21 France FRA 2:13.3 28 1:02 1:37
9 Helmut Kuhnert 23 Germany GER 2:13.6 29 1:03 1:37
10 Raymond Gilloz 28 France FRA 2:14.2 28 1:02 1:37
11 Knut Johannesen 26 Norway NOR 2:14.5 29 1:03 1:38
12 Gennady Voronin 25 Soviet Union URS 2:14.7 27 59 1:34
13 Kurt Stille 25 Denmark DEN 2:15.8 28 1:03 1:38
14 Colin Hickey 28 Australia AUS 2:16.1 28 1:02 1:37
15T Wim de Graaff 28 Netherlands NED 2:16.5 28 1:02 1:38
15T Gunnar Sjölin 35 Sweden SWE 2:16.5 29 1:02 1:37
17 Dick Hunt 24 United States USA 2:17.7 29 1:04 1:40
18T Olle Dahlberg 31 Sweden SWE 2:18.3 28 1:02 1:39
18T Manfred Schüler 24 Germany GER 2:18.3 28 1:02 1:39
20 Mario Gios 23 Italy ITA 2:18.6 28 1:04 1:40
21 Fumio Nagakubo 22 Japan JPN 2:18.7 27 1:01 1:39
22 Floyd Bedbury 22 United States USA 2:18.9 29 1:04 1:40
23 Keijo Tapiovaara 20 Finland FIN 2:19.2 28 1:04 1:41
24 Hermann Strutz 21 Austria AUT 2:19.4 30 1:05 1:42
25 Antonio Nitto 21 Italy ITA 2:19.6 29 1:04 1:41
26 Terry Monaghan 26 Great Britain GBR 2:19.9 30 1:05 1:42
27 Renato De Riva 22 Italy ITA 2:20.6 29 1:04 1:42
28 Bo Karenus 22 Sweden SWE 2:21.1 28 1:04 1:42
29T Yoshitaki Hori 26 Japan JPN 2:21.7 28 1:03 1:42
29T Keith Meyer 21 United States USA 2:21.7 28 1:02 1:39
31T Harald Norden 26 Germany GER 2:22.1 28 1:04 1:42
31T Lev Zaytsev 22 Soviet Union URS 2:22.1 28 1:02 1:39
33 Takeo Mizoo 22 Japan JPN 2:22.6 29 1:05 1:42
34 Shuji Kobayashi 20 Japan JPN 2:23.0 29 1:05 1:42
35 Eddie Rudolph, Jr. 18 United States USA 2:23.1 27 1:01 1:40
36 Ralf Olin 34 Canada CAN 2:23.5 30 1:05 1:43
37 Roy Tutty 29 Australia AUS 2:23.8 29 1:05 1:43
38 Günther Tilch 22 Germany GER 2:24.8 30 1:07 1:45
39 Hroar Elvenes 27 Norway NOR 2:24.9 28 1:03 1:42
40 Terry Malkin 24 Great Britain GBR 2:25.0 31 1:08 1:46
41 Jang Yeong 26 South Korea KOR 2:25.3 29 1:04 1:44
42 Choi Yeong-Bae 21 South Korea KOR 2:26.7 29 1:06 1:45
43 Johnny Sands 26 Canada CAN 2:28.4 30 1:06 1:46
44 Jang In-Won South Korea KOR 2:30.7 31 1:09 1:48
45 Larry Mason 24 Canada CAN 2:35.3 29 1:08 1:51
AC Nils Aaness 24 Norway NOR 28 1:02 1:36 DNF
AC Henk van der Grift 24 Netherlands NED 29 1:04 1:38.5 DNF
AC Franz Offenberger 28 Austria AUT DNF