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Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 23, 1960
Date Finished: February 23, 1960

Gold: URS Lidiya Skoblikova
Silver: URS Valentina Stenina
Bronze: FIN Eevi Huttunen

Summary

The world record was 5:13.8, set in 1953 at Medeo by Soviet Rimma Zhukova. At the recent World Championships, the distance had been won by Lidiya Skoblikova (URS-1960), Eevi Huttunen (FIN-1959), and Inga Artamanova (URS-1958). Skoblikova had already won the 1,500 metres in Squaw Valley. The other two Soviet skaters in the event, who had to be considered as no non-Soviet woman had been on the all-around podium at the World Championships since 1952, were Tamara Rylova and Valentina Stenina, wife of top men's skater, Boris Stenin. Stenina had recently won the 1960 World Championships in all-around, and had been second at this distance.

Twenty skaters came to the mark. Rylova was in the third pair and took the lead, but her time of 5:30.0 would place her only ninth. The next favorite to skate was Stenina in the seventh pair. Her time of 5:16.9 was considered fast, and put her into a comfortable lead. Huttunen was up two pairs later, and although she was ahead of Stenina's pace through 2,200 metres, she struggled on the final laps, finishing in 5:21.0. Skoblikova was in the last pair, the 10th, but the day was cold, and the ice was still good. She led throughout, finishing in 5:14.3, the second fastest time ever. It was her second gold medal of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and four years later in Innsbruck, she would win all four women's races.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 2c
1 Lidiya Skoblikova 20 Soviet Union URS Gold 5:14.3 1:00 1:41 2:22 3:05 3:47 4:31 22 OR
2 Valentina Stenina 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 5:16.9 1:01 1:43 2:26 3:08 3:51 4:34 22 OR
3 Eevi Huttunen 37 Finland FIN Bronze 5:21.0 1:01 1:42 2:24 3:08 3:52 4:37
4 Hatsue Nagakubo-Takamizawa 24 Japan JPN 5:21.4 1:03 1:46 2:28 3:10 3:54 4:38
5 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 19 Sweden SWE 5:25.5 1:04 1:46 2:28 3:11 3:56 4:41 23 OR
6 Helena Pilejczyk 28 Poland POL 5:26.2 1:02 1:43 2:26 3:10 3:54 4:40 22 OR
7 Elwira Seroczyńska 28 Poland POL 5:27.3 1:02 1:44 2:27 3:11 3:56 4:41
8 Jeanne Ashworth 21 United States USA 5:28.5 1:03 1:44 2:27 3:11 3:57 4:43
9 Tamara Rylova 28 Soviet Union URS 5:30.0 1:03 1:46 2:28 3:12 3:58 4:44 23 OR
10 Yoshiko Takano 18 Japan JPN 5:30.9 1:06 1:50 2:33 3:17 4:01 4:46
11 Elsa Einarsson 18 Sweden SWE 5:32.2 1:04 1:46 2:30 3:15 4:01 4:46 23 OR
12 Iris Sihvonen 19 Finland FIN 5:35.2 1:02 1:45 2:28 3:14 4:00 4:47
13 Inge Görmer 25 Germany GER 5:37.5 1:10 1:53 2:38 3:22 4:07 4:52
14 Doreen Ryan 28 Canada CAN 5:39.7 1:04 1:48 2:34 3:22 4:08 4:54
15 Françoise Lucas 20 France FRA 5:42.5 1:01 1:43 2:27 3:15 4:04 4:55
16 Peggy Robb 17 Canada CAN 5:43.5 1:06 1:50 2:36 3:22 4:09 4:56
17 Gisela Toews 19 Germany GER 5:48.3 1:08 1:53 2:38 3:24 4:11 5:00 24 OR
18 Cornelia Harrington 16 United States USA 5:57.5 1:10 1:58 2:44 3:31 4:20 5:11
19 Beverly Buhr 18 United States USA 6:03.1 1:08 1:53 2:38 3:27 4:20 5:13
20 Kim Gyeong-Hoe 19 South Korea KOR 6:08.2 1:05 1:50 2:39 3:31 4:23 5:15