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Speed Skating at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Oval, Calgary
Date Started: February 26, 1988
Date Finished: February 26, 1988

Gold: GDR Christa Rothenburger-Luding
Silver: GDR Karin Enke-Kania
Bronze: USA Bonnie Blair

Summary

After two distances, the usually dominant East German women had yet to win their first title. But the 1,000 m seemed the perfect distance to set things straight, with heavily favored Karin Kania expected to win the gold. Defending Olympic champion Kania had won all four World Cup races in the distance this season, as well as the two 1000 ms at the World Sprint Championships. She had in fact won the World Sprint Championships six times in the past nine years. In addition, she had held the world record since 1986, last improving it at the Calgary World Cup in December 1987, to 1:18.11. The other medal contenders were the other two medallists in the 500 m, winner Bonnie Blair and runner-up Christa Rothenburger, and 1984 silver medallist Andrea Ehrig.

Ehrig started in the first pair, but her 1:19.32 was well outside the world record, which was not expected to hold up during the competition. In the third pair, Blair managed to beat Ehrig's time by a full second, but her 1:18.31 was still two tenths off Kania's rink record from December. Kania skated in the next pair. She started more consevatively than Blair, trailing the American's split by half a second at the bell. But the former World Allround Champion had a much better final lap, gaining a full second on Blair. This gave her the lead, while lowering her own world record to 1:17.70. But Kania still had to wait for her teammate Rothenburger in the next pair. A typical sprinter, she got off at the same pace as Blair, meaning she had a half-second lead on Kania at 600 m. While Rothenburger also faded in the final lap, she did manage to hold on to her lead, and squeeze out 1:17.65, lowering the world record even further.

Rothenburger, whose world record would stand for nearly a decade, would win a third Olympic medal later in the year. At the Seoul Summer Olympics, she participated in the women's track cycling sprint, gaining a silver medal. That made her the first person to win medals in the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year. Since the Winter and Summer Games are no longer held in the same year, she will likely remain the only person to have achieved this.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 2c 6c
1 Christa Rothenburger-Luding 28 East Germany GDR Gold 1:17.65 17.98 46.71 WR
2 Karin Enke-Kania 26 East Germany GDR Silver 1:17.70 18.35 47.22 WR
3 Bonnie Blair 23 United States USA Bronze 1:18.31 18.11 46.73 OR
4 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich 27 East Germany GDR 1:19.32 18.97 48.60
5 Seiko Hashimoto 23 Japan JPN 1:19.75 18.39 47.74
6 Angela Stahnke-Hauck 22 East Germany GDR 1:20.05 18.45 47.88
7 Leslie Bader 24 United States USA 1:21.09 19.28 49.51
8 Katie Class 24 United States USA 1:21.10 18.80 48.42
9 Natalie Grenier 23 Canada CAN 1:21.15 18.92 48.48
10 Erwina Ryś-Ferens 33 Poland POL 1:21.44 18.91 48.94
11 Shoko Fusano 22 Japan JPN 1:21.47 18.69 48.58
12 Christine Aaftink 21 Netherlands NED 1:21.63 19.18 49.07
13 Zofia Tokarczyk 24 Poland POL 1:21.80 19.01 49.38
14 Shelley Rhead-Skarvan 22 Canada CAN 1:21.84 18.63 48.42
15 Edel Therese Høiseth 22 Norway NOR 1:21.90 18.98 49.12
16 Emese Nemeth-Hunyady 21 Austria AUT 1:22.22 19.32 49.58
17 Yu Seon-Hui 21 South Korea KOR 1:22.35 18.69 48.97
18 Yelena Ilyina 20 Soviet Union URS 1:22.40 18.91 48.77
19 Ariane Loignon 22 Canada CAN 1:22.75 19.42 49.96
20 Nataliya Shive-Glebova 24 Soviet Union URS 1:22.99 19.02 49.81
21 Ingrid Haringa 23 Netherlands NED 1:23.15 19.59 50.17
22 Noriko Toda 22 Japan JPN 1:23.49 18.97 49.57
23 Han Chun-Ok 22 North Korea PRK 1:24.26 20.02 51.56
24 Nancy Swider-Peltz 31 United States USA 1:24.81 19.77 51.15
25 Marie-Pierre Lamarche 19 Canada CAN 1:25.18 19.23 50.86
26 Bibija Kerla 28 Yugoslavia YUG 1:30.89 20.95 54.88
AC Song Hwa-Son 19 North Korea PRK [19.37] [49.37] DQ/fall