Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Max Bell Arena, Calgary
Date Started: February 22, 1988
Date Finished: February 25, 1988
This race was expected to be a contest between Italy and the Netherlands. The Dutch had won the relay at the European Championships in January, setting a world record of 7:22.12 in the progress. At the World Championships, just prior to the Olympics, their skaters had done very well, claiming first, second and fourth place in the all-around. Yet in the relay competition, they were edged out by the Italians. In Calgary, the Dutchmen again prevailed, beating the Italians by a full second.