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Speed Skating at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Speed Skating Rink at the Olympic Ice Stadium, Innsbruck
Date Started: February 12, 1976
Date Finished: February 12, 1976

Gold: USA Peter Mueller
Silver: NOR Jørn Didriksen
Bronze: URS Valery Muratov

Summary

This was the first time men would skate the 1,000 at the Olympic Games. The 1,000 was one of the two distances at the World Sprints, held since 1970, and its popularity in that tournament led to its inclusion on the Olympic Program. The world record holder was Valery Muratov, who skated 1:16.92 at Medeo in 1975. But the favorite was probably his Soviet teammate, Aleksandr Safranov, whose record Muratov had broken. Safronov had won the 1975 World Sprints and won both 1,000s at that meet, and in 1974 was fourth at the World Sprints, also winning one of the 1,000s. In the opening pair, Canada’s Gaétan Boucher posted the inaugural Olympic record for the event, finishing in 1:21.23. The second pair saw unheralded American Peter Mueller well under Boucher’s time, crossing the line in 1:19.32. And that would win the gold medal in a major upset as nobody got close to Mueller’s time. In the fifth pair, Norway’s Jørn Didriksen finished in 1:20.45, over a second behind Mueller, but it would be good for the silver medal. Muratov came up in the eighth pair and was close to Mueller’s time at 600 metres, but faded on the last lap to 1:20.57, which brought him a bronze medal. Skating in the ninth pair, Safranov would not make the podium, finishing fourth. Mueller would win only other one other major race in his career, a 500 at the 1977 World Sprints. His wife was Leah Poulos-Mueller, who won three speed skating silver medals in 1976 and 1980, although they would later divorce. Mueller later had an extensive coaching career, coaching the US team, and later the Dutch and Norwegian national teams.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Peter Mueller 21 United States USA Gold 1:19.32 17.41 46.92 OR
2 Jørn Didriksen 22 Norway NOR Silver 1:20.45 17.68 47.94
3 Valery Muratov 29 Soviet Union URS Bronze 1:20.57 17.31 47.02
4 Aleksandr Safronov 23 Soviet Union URS 1:20.84 17.37 48.00
5 Hans van Helden 27 Netherlands NED 1:20.85 18.48 48.92
6 Gaétan Boucher 17 Canada CAN 1:21.23 17.63 47.83 OR
7 Mats Wallberg 26 Sweden SWE 1:21.27 17.28 47.50
8 Pertti Niittylä 20 Finland FIN 1:21.43 18.20 49.03
9 Horst Freese 32 West Germany FRG 1:21.48 18.35 49.14
10 Klaus Wunderlich 24 East Germany GDR 1:21.67 18.64 49.32
11 Colin Coates 29 Australia AUS 1:21.72 18.58 49.23
12 Dan Immerfall 20 United States USA 1:21.74 17.93 48.42
13 Johan Granath 25 Sweden SWE 1:22.63 17.66 48.67
14 Bruno Toniolli 32 Italy ITA 1:22.83 19.01 50.32
15 Lee Yeong-Ha 19 South Korea KOR 1:22.88 18.43 49.54
16 Terje Andersen 23 Norway NOR 1:22.92 18.37 49.57
17 Emmanuel Michon 20 France FRA 1:22.99 17.88 48.89
18 Piet Kleine 24 Netherlands NED 1:23.00 18.97 50.70
19 Masaki Suzuki 31 Japan JPN 1:23.40 18.06 49.30
20 Harald Oehme 22 East Germany GDR 1:23.88 18.13 49.82
21 Archie Marshall 23 Great Britain GBR 1:24.00 18.07 48.75
22 Kay Arne Stenshjemmet 22 Norway NOR 1:24.71 18.63 50.61
23 Tom Overend 22 Canada CAN 1:25.06 18.00 49.86
24 Mikio Oyama 20 Japan JPN 1:25.91 18.45 50.68
25 Berend Schabus 18 Austria AUT 1:26.50 18.85 51.37
26 Floriano Martello 24 Italy ITA 1:26.54 19.18 52.15
27 Richard Tourne 25 France FRA 1:26.75 18.76 51.33
28 Dan Carroll 26 United States USA 1:27.37 18.85 51.83
29 Andrey Malikov 21 Soviet Union URS 1:27.57 18.69 52.30
30 Norio Hirate 27 Japan JPN 1:29.42 18.65 51.95
31 Bernt Jansson 25 Sweden SWE 1:30.27 18.63 52.02