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Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's 500 metres

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Lingotto Oval, Torino
Date Started: February 13, 2006
Date Finished: February 13, 2006
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA Joey Cheek
Silver: RUS Dmitry Dorofeyev
Bronze: KOR Lee Gang-Seok

Summary

Earlier in the Olympic season, the 500 m world record had been broken, for the first time in over 4 years. Japan’s Joji Kato lowered the mark to 34.30, taking over the record from compatriot Hiroyasu Shimizu. While also the 2005 World Champion, Kato had far from dominated the 2005/2006 season, with World Cup wins going to Jeremy Wotherspoon (2003 and 2004 World Champion), Lee Gang-Seok, Yu Fengtong, Dmitry Dorofeyev and Joey Cheek. The latter two skaters had also surprisingly finished 1-2 at the most recent World Sprint Championships, winning one 500 m race each.

After the first run, the winner already seemed certain. American Joey Cheek was the only skater to beat 35 seconds (34.82), and led with a huge margin of 4 tenths over Dmitry Dorofeyev. The fight for bronze was close, with Lee (35.34), Yuya Oikawa (35.35), Wotherspoon (35.37) and Yu (35.39) within 0.05 seconds of each other. World record holder Kato was back in 11th and out of medal contention.

The second run showed pretty much the same picture. Cheek was again the only one under 35 seconds (now with 34.94), and Dorofeyev consolidated his second place, despite being a bit slower than Lee. Cheek proved a popular Olympic champion, especially after he announced to give away his $25,000 award from the US Olympic Committee to charity (“Right to Play”, founded by Johann Olav Koss). Medals won by Dorofeyev and and Lee were the first speed skating medals for their countries since 1994 and 1992, respectively. Dorofeyev’s 2006 successes were a remarkable departure from his earlier results, having only a 1999 World Cup victory as a notable prior achievement.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Joey Cheek 26 United States USA Gold 69.76
2 Dmitry Dorofeyev 29 Russia RUS Silver 70.41
3 Lee Gang-Seok 20 South Korea KOR Bronze 70.43
4 Yuya Oikawa 25 Japan JPN 70.56
5 Yu Fengtong 21 China CHN 70.68
6 Joji Kato 21 Japan JPN 70.78
7 Mike Ireland 32 Canada CAN 70.88
8 Choi Jae-Bong 25 South Korea KOR 71.04
9 Jeremy Wotherspoon 29 Canada CAN 71.05
10 Pekka Koskela 23 Finland FIN 71.09
11 Jan Bos 30 Netherlands NED 71.11
12 Casey FitzRandolph 31 United States USA 71.12
13 Keiichiro Nagashima 23 Japan JPN 71.14
14 Dmitry Lobkov 25 Russia RUS 71.17
15 Janne Hänninen 30 Finland FIN 71.25
16 Erben Wennemars 30 Netherlands NED 71.30
17 Lee Gyu-Hyeok 27 South Korea KOR 71.38
18 Hiroyasu Shimizu 31 Japan JPN 71.44
19 An Weijiang 22 China CHN 71.56
20 Eric Zachrisson 25 Sweden SWE 71.61
21 Ermanno Ioriatti 30 Italy ITA 71.68
22 Mika Poutala 22 Finland FIN 71.74
23 Simon Kuipers 23 Netherlands NED 71.84
24 Aleksey Proshin 31 Russia RUS 71.90
25 Tucker Fredricks 21 United States USA 72.01
26 Kip Carpenter 26 United States USA 72.08
27 Sergey Kornilov 27 Russia RUS 72.24
28 Lu Zhuo 25 China CHN 72.35
29 Vincent Labrie 22 Canada CAN 72.43
30 Brock Miron 25 Canada CAN 72.54
31 Maurizio Carnino 30 Italy ITA 72.67
32 Artur Waś 19 Poland POL 73.04
33 Li Yu 29 China CHN 73.13
34 Aleksandr Zhigin 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 73.80
35 Beorn Nijenhuis 21 Netherlands NED 84.55
36 Maciej Ustynowicz 22 Poland POL 88.01
37 Gwon Sun-Cheon 22 South Korea KOR 94.79