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Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 22, 1960
Date Finished: February 22, 1960

Gold: URS Klara Guseva-Nesterova
Silver: GER Helga Haase
Bronze: URS Tamara Rylova

Summary

Although there was no clear favorite, one thing was certain – the winner would be a Soviet skater. Soviet women had held the first four places at the last three World Championships, including the recent 1960 Worlds. In fact, at the World Championships, the last time any non-Soviet skater had mounted the all-around podium was in 1952, a third place by Norway's Randi Thorvaldsen. The three Soviet entrants in the event were Klara Guseva, Lidiya Skoblikova, and Tamara Rylova.

Guseva was up in the first pair, and finished in 1:34.1, not far off Rylova's world record, which had been set at Medeo, and had lasted since 1955. In the fourth pair, Germany's Helga Haase, who had surprisingly won the 500 two days before. She went out ahead of Guseva's pace, but could not finish as strongly, crossing in 1:34.3. Rylova was in the sixth pair, and she matched Haase's pace through 600 metres but was even slower on the final lap, finishing in 1:34.8. And those three would mount the podium. Skoblikova was in the 10th pair, but finished in 1:35.3 for fourth place. She had already won the 1,500 at Squaw Valley and would later win the 3,000. In 1964 she would dominate the women's events, winning all four gold medals. Guseva had won this distance at the recent 1960 World Championships, but had placed only 15th overall, and was the least heralded of the Soviet women.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Klara Guseva-Nesterova 22 Soviet Union URS Gold 1:34.1 21 56 OR
2 Helga Haase 25 Germany GER Silver 1:34.3 20 55
3 Tamara Rylova 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1:34.8 20 55
4 Lidiya Skoblikova 20 Soviet Union URS 1:35.3 21 57
5T Helena Pilejczyk 28 Poland POL 1:35.8 21 57
5T Hatsue Nagakubo-Takamizawa 24 Japan JPN 1:35.8 21 57
7 Fumie Hama 20 Japan JPN 1:36.1 21 57
8 Jeanne Ashworth 21 United States USA 1:36.5 21 57
9 Eevi Huttunen 37 Finland FIN 1:37.2 21 58
10 Iris Sihvonen 19 Finland FIN 1:37.3 21 58
11 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 19 Sweden SWE 1:37.5 21 58
12 Elsa Einarsson 18 Sweden SWE 1:38.0 20 57
13 Doreen Ryan 28 Canada CAN 1:38.1 21 57
14 Françoise Lucas 20 France FRA 1:38.4 21 57
15 Jeanne Omelenchuk 28 United States USA 1:39.8 21 59
16 Yoshiko Takano 18 Japan JPN 1:39.9 22 59
17 Natascha Liebknecht 19 Germany GER 1:43.5 22 1:01
18 Sigrit Behrenz 19 Germany GER 1:43.8 23 1:02
19 Peggy Robb 17 Canada CAN 1:45.8 21 1:01
20 Han Hye-Ja 18 South Korea KOR 1:48.8 23 1:03
AC Kim Gyeong-Hoe 19 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Elwira Seroczyńska 28 Poland POL DNF