Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 22, 2006
Date Finished: February 25, 2006
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:||Apolo Anton Ohno|
After two gold medals in the 1,000 and 1,500 m, An Hyeon-Su was gunning for a third title. However, the 500 m was not his specialty, although he had medalled in the event at the 2005 World Championships. Another non-specialist was Apolo Anton Ohno, who was hoping to improve on relatively poor results at the Olympics thus far (bronze in the 1,000 m). Canada was expecting to do well in this event, having François-Louis Tremblay as the defending World Champion.
The semi-finals saw one outsider for the title, Li Jiajun, the 2003 World Champion, being disqualified for intereference. This helped Ohno advance to the final, joining Tremblay and An. Ohno was lucky to draw the inner lane, and took full advantage of this, keeping his lead throughout the race. Tremblay attempted to pass various times, but without success, finishing second. An, meanwhile, placed third, nudging his skate over the line just 0.004 seconds ahead of Éric Bédard.
|1||Apolo Anton Ohno||23||United States||USA||Gold||AF-1|
|3||An Hyeon-Su||20||South Korea||KOR||Bronze||AF-3|
|5||Jon Eley||21||Great Britain||GBR||AF-5|
|8||Wim De Deyne||28||Belgium||BEL||QF-3||47||42.979|
|12||Lee Ho-Seok||19||South Korea||KOR||QF-4||42||1:22.896|
|20||Paul Stanley||22||Great Britain||GBR||R1-4||8||43.486|
|23||Anthony Lobello||21||United States||USA||R1-4||8||1:13.722|
|AC||Seo Ho-Jin||22||South Korea||KOR||DQ|