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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 500 metres

Short Track Speed Skating at the 1992 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Hall, Albertville
Date Started: February 18, 1992
Date Finished: February 20, 1992
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Gold: USA Cathy Turner
Silver: CHN Li Yan
Bronze: PRK Hwang Ok-Sil

Summary

Based on the results in the past four years, the favourite was Canada's Sylvie Daigle. A two-time Olympian in speed skating, she had won the 1500 m in the 1988 Olympic demonstration tournament, and had since won the 1988, 1989 and 1990 World Championships, finishing runner-up in 1991 to compatriot Nathalie Lambert. In addition, Daigle had set a new World Record at the Olympic test event in Albertville. In Olympic competition, however, Daigle was eliminated in the first round after a clash with Cathy Turner. Fastest in the heats was Italy's Marinella Canclini, whose 47.00 was inadvertently billed as a new World Record. But Canclini exited the tournament in the next round.

The final saw two winners from the 1988 demonstration events: Monique Velzeboer, who had won the 500 m and Li Yan, who had won the 1000 m in Calgary. Turner had watched the 1988 Olympics on television. She had been the American champion in 1979, but had quit to pursue a singing career. Working as a bar singer in Las Vegas, under the name "Nikki Newland", and fighting to overcome clinical depression, the short track demonstration inspired her to return to the sport. Known as an aggressive skater, Turner fell in the first turn of the final, causing a re-start. The unheralded Hwang Ok-Sil took the lead in the second attempt, soon to be overtaken by Turner. She was still in front at the final stretch, but Li was approaching quickly in the final metres. The two touched skates, but Turner was able to push over the line first.

While in training for the 1994 Winter Olympics, fourth place finisher Monique Velzeboer crashed into an unprotected barrier at a French training track, and became a paraplegic. Working from a wheelchair, she has since become a noted freelance photographer.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Cathy Turner 29 United States USA Gold
2 Li Yan 23 China CHN Silver
3 Hwang Ok-Sil 19 North Korea PRK Bronze
4 Monique Velzeboer 22 Netherlands NED
5 Marina Pylayeva 25 Unified Team EUN
6 Nathalie Lambert 28 Canada CAN
7 Yuliya Vlasova 24 Unified Team EUN
8 Wang Xiulan 20 China CHN
9 Kim So-Hui 15 South Korea KOR 7 54.90
10 Nobuko Yamada 20 Japan JPN 7 57.69
11 Marinella Canclini 17 Italy ITA 6 1:27.18
12 Jeon I-Gyeong 16 South Korea KOR 5 48.25
13 Joëlle van Koetsveld-van Ankeren 18 Netherlands NED 5 1:07.23
14 Bea Pintens 19 Belgium BEL 4 48.49
15 Karine Rubini 21 France FRA 4 1:08.41
16 Annie Perreault 20 Canada CAN 3
17 Nataliya Isakova 25 Unified Team EUN 2 48.49
18 Sylvie Daigle 29 Canada CAN 2 48.50
19 Kim Chun-Hwa 17 North Korea PRK 2 49.10
20 Felicity Campbell 17 Australia AUS 2 50.11
21 Amy Peterson 20 United States USA 2 51.05
22 Cristina Sciolla 26 Italy ITA 2 52.53
23 Debbie Palmer 16 Great Britain GBR 1 52.24
24 Tamara Kaszala 16 Hungary HUN 1 52.38
25 Simone Velzeboer 24 Netherlands NED 1 55.43
AC Karen Gardiner-Kah 31 Australia AUS DQ
AC Zhang Yanmei 19 China CHN DQ