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Speed Skating at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 4, 1964
Date Finished: February 4, 1964

Gold: USA Terry McDermott
Silver: NOR Alv Gjestvang
URS Yevgeny Grishin
URS Vladimir Orlov

Summary

Yevgeny Grishin had won the gold medal in both 1956 and 1960 and had not lost an international 500 since 1956, when he placed second at the distance at the World Championships. He was the world record holder and won the distance at the 1962 and 1963 Worlds, and the 1962 European Championship. Although he was now 33-years-old, he was still the favorite. Skating in the second pair, Grishin posted 40.6, which looked solid, and held up for a long time. The time was equaled in the fourth pair by his teammate, Vladimir Orlov, and Norway’s Alv Gjestvang, skating in the seventh pair, but nobody beat it for a long time. The in the 17th pair, unheralded American Terry McDermott, using skates borrowed from his coach, 1936 500 bronze medalist Leo Freisinger, shocked everyone with a Olympic record time of 40.1. McDermott was skating in his first international event and had skated almost exclusively pack-style prior to the 1964 Winter Olympics. But his time held up for an unlikely gold medal, and it would be the only gold medal won by the United States at the Innsbruck Olympics. In 1968, McDermott would return to win a silver medal, despite skating late in the day, on very slow ice due to a thaw. Grishin, Orlov, and Gjestvang all won silver medals. McDermott’s brother, Don, had won a silver medal in the 500 at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Terry McDermott 23 United States USA Gold 40.1 OR
2T Alv Gjestvang 26 Norway NOR Silver 40.6
2T Yevgeny Grishin 32 Soviet Union URS Silver 40.6
2T Vladimir Orlov 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 40.6
5 Keiichi Suzuki 21 Japan JPN 40.7
6 Eddie Rudolph, Jr. 22 United States USA 40.9
7 Heike Hedlund 21 Sweden SWE 41.0
8T Bill Disney 31 United States USA 41.1
8T Villy Haugen 19 Norway NOR 41.1
10T Hroar Elvenes 31 Norway NOR 41.4
10T Raymond Fonvieille 21 France FRA 41.4
10T Rafael Grach 31 Soviet Union URS 41.4
10T Simo Rinne 22 Finland FIN 41.4
14 Tom Gray 19 United States USA 41.5
15 Boris Gulyayev 22 Soviet Union URS 41.7
16T Helmut Kuhnert 27 Germany GER 41.8
16T Pekka Lattunen 25 Finland FIN 41.8
16T Fumio Nagakubo 26 Japan JPN 41.8
19T Juhani Järvinen 28 Finland FIN 41.9
19T Kim Zin-Hook 23 North Korea PRK 41.9
21 Magne Thomassen 22 Norway NOR 42.0
22 Björn Lekman 19 Sweden SWE 42.1
23 Toivo Salonen 30 Finland FIN 42.2
24T Herbert Höfl 22 Germany GER 42.3
24T Günther Tilch 26 Germany GER 42.3
26 André Kouprianoff 25 France FRA 42.5
27T Terry Malkin 28 Great Britain GBR 42.6
27T Bo Ollander 20 Sweden SWE 42.6
29 Manne Lavås 19 Sweden SWE 42.7
30 Ri Sung-Ryool 21 North Korea PRK 43.0
31 Elio Locatelli 20 Italy ITA 43.1
32 Oldřich Teplý 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 43.2
33T François Brueren 24 Belgium BEL 43.4
33T Günter Traub 24 Germany GER 43.4
35 Manfred Zojer 24 Austria AUT 43.5
36 Peter Toyfl 22 Austria AUT 43.7
37 Mihály Martos 18 Hungary HUN 44.0
38 Luvsanlkhagvyn Dashnyam 23 Mongolia MGL 44.1
39 Ralf Olin 38 Canada CAN 44.2
40 György Ivánkai 26 Hungary HUN 44.3
41 Satoshi Shinpo 22 Japan JPN 44.4
42 Choi Yeong-Bae 25 South Korea KOR 44.8
43 Jean-Pierre Guéron 19 Switzerland SUI 44.9
44 Thomas Dawson 21 Great Britain GBR 45.2