Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Salt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Started: February 13, 2002
Date Finished: February 13, 2002
Format: Placements 1-12 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.
This event was expected to become an Asian battle, with China and South Korea gunning for the gold. Both Yang Yang (A) and Yang Yang (S) were hoping to win China's first ever Winter Olympic gold medal, although the latter had not previously excelled in this new Olympic distance. The South Korean hopes were mainly with [Go Gi-Hyun], a 15-year-old who had won the first two World Cups of the season.
Both Chinese and South Korean entrants qualified for the final, as the second South Korean, [Choi Eun-Gyeong], advanced from the semi-finals with a new world record of 2:21.069. The Koreans played out their numerical advantage best, as Ko placed first ahead of Choi Eun-Gyeong. Yang Yang (S) was disqualified for interfering with Alanna Kraus, while her teammate finished behind Evgeniya Radanova in fourth. Ko became the youngest individual winner in short track, and Radanova won her country's first ever medal in the sport.
|1||Go Gi-Hyeon||15||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|2||Choi Eun-Gyeong||17||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|4||Yang Yang (A)||25||China||CHN|
|12||Yang Yang (S)||24||China||CHN||68||DQ|
|13||Amy Peterson||30||United States||USA||18||2:26.118|
|15||Kateřina Novotná||17||Czech Republic||CZE||18||2:35.085|
|16||Jo Williams||20||Great Britain||GBR||8||2:27.845|
|24||Sarah Lindsay||21||Great Britain||GBR||5||3:01.223|
|26||Christy Ren||18||Hong Kong||HKG||3||2:49.666|
|AC||Erin Porter||23||United States||USA||DQ|