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Speed Skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): Ice Rink for Speed Skating Zetra, Sarajevo
Date Started: February 10, 1984
Date Finished: February 10, 1984

Gold: GDR Christa Rothenburger-Luding
Silver: GDR Karin Enke-Kania
Bronze: URS Nataliya Shive-Glebova

Summary

The defending champion was East German Karin Enke. A former figure skater, in 1980, she was quite unknown until a few weeks before the Olympics when she won the World Sprints. But by the time of the 1984 Winter Olympics she was the best speed skater in the world. She had won the World Sprints again in 1981 and 1983, and was all-around World Champion in 1982 and 1984, finishing second in 1981 and 1983. She was favored in this event, and already had won the 1,500 in Sarajevo the day before the 500. One challenge was expected to come from her teammate Christa Rothenburger, who in 1983 at Medeo, had set the world record with 39.69. The first four pairs had no major favorites, with the leader at that point Soviet Nataliya Shive, who had crossed in 41.50. Rothenburger went off in the fifth pair and crushed that mark, posting 41.02 on the slow Sarajevo ice. Enke was in the next pair. But her start was quite slow for her, 11.09 to Rothenburger’s 10.84, and that start time was only the sixth fastest of the competition. Enke could never quite recover from the slow start, and finished in only 41.28. Nobody else came close and Rothenburger had the gold medal in an upset, with Enke holding on for silver, and Shive getting the bronze.

Rothenburger and Enke would come back and medal in the 500 again in Calgary in 1988. But they would finish 2-3 behind American Bonnie Blair, who would win this event in 1988-1992-1994. Blair skated in Sarajevo, finishing eighth in 42.53. In 1986, Rothenburger would win the world sprint cycling championship, and finish second in that event in 1987. She would also win an Olympic silver medal in sprint cycling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. In her Olympic career, Rothenburger would win five Olympic medals – one in cycling and four in speed skating, adding a bronze in this event in 1992 and winning the 1,000 at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 1c
1 Christa Rothenburger-Luding 24 East Germany GDR Gold 41.02 10.84 OR
2 Karin Enke-Kania 22 East Germany GDR Silver 41.28 11.09
3 Nataliya Shive-Glebova 20 Soviet Union URS Bronze 41.50 11.08 OR
4 Irina Kuleshova-Kovrova 22 Soviet Union URS 41.70 10.93
5 Skadi Walter 19 East Germany GDR 42.16 11.01
6 Nataliya Petrusyova 28 Soviet Union URS 42.19 11.40
7 Monika Gawenus-Holzner-Pflug 29 West Germany FRG 42.40 11.12
8 Bonnie Blair 19 United States USA 42.53 11.13
9 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 29 Poland POL 42.71 11.35
10 Katie Class 20 United States USA 42.97 11.38
11T Silvia Brunner 26 Switzerland SUI 42.99 11.37
11T Seiko Hashimoto 19 Japan JPN 42.99 11.39
13 Connie Paraskevin-Young 22 United States USA 43.05 11.08
14 Zofia Tokarczyk 20 Poland POL 43.13 11.52
15 Lilianna Morawiec 22 Poland POL 43.43 11.64
16 Hiromi Ozawa 22 Japan JPN 43.46 11.67
17 Marzia Peretti 18 Italy ITA 43.63 11.26
18 Annette Carlén-Karlsson 27 Sweden SWE 43.65 11.48
19 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 17 Hungary HUN 43.70 11.57
20T Sylvie Daigle 21 Canada CAN 43.74 11.35
20T Sigrid Smuda 24 West Germany FRG 43.74 11.58
22T Shoko Fusano 18 Japan JPN 43.75 11.34
22T Lee Yeon-Ju 20 South Korea KOR 43.75 11.41
24 Edel Therese Høiseth 18 Norway NOR 43.96 11.72
25 Cao Guifeng 23 China CHN 44.11 11.23
26 Shen Guoqin 22 China CHN 44.21 11.33
27 Thea Limbach 24 Netherlands NED 44.31 11.84
28 Miao Min 23 China CHN 44.49 11.43
29 Choi Seung-Youn 19 South Korea KOR 44.79 11.75
30 Ria Visser 22 Netherlands NED 45.05 11.82
31 Dubravka Vukušić 18 Yugoslavia YUG 51.99 13.46
32 Bibija Kerla 24 Yugoslavia YUG 58.23 12.88 fall
33 Alie Boorsma 24 Netherlands NED 1:02.05 11.47 fall