Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Iceberg Skating Palace, Adler
Date Started: February 15, 2014
Date Finished: February 15, 2014
Format: Placements 1-12 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on placements in earlier rounds, and best time skated.
The 2013-2014 World Cup season had been dominated by Shim Seok-Hui, who had won three out of four races. Shim had also placed 2nd in the 2013 Worlds, just behind her compatriot Park Seong-Hui, who did not race in this event in Sochi. Defending champion Zhou Yang of China was also in competition
For Elise Christie (GBR) who was disqualified in the final of the 500 metres, things seemed to go from bad to worse. Apparently winning the second heat of the event she was amazed to find herself recorded as "did not finish". When the race was examined it was found she had skated a fraction inside the blue finishing line and so was eliminated.
The final was a close event until around halfway through when Kim A-Lang, trying to overtake, collided with and brought down Emily Scott and Li Jianrou, leaving four competitors, Arianna Fontana, Jorien ter Mors, Shim and reigning champion Zhou Yang (CHN). Shim led ahead of Zhou, but the champion came through towards the end to retain her title comfortably ahead of Shim. Fontana held on for third place to take her second medal of the Games. Ter Mors placed 4th, but would later go on to win the Olympic 1,500 m on the long-track oval.
|2||Shim Seok-Hui||17||South Korea||KOR||Silver||AF-2||2-1||2:18.966|
|4||Jorien ter Mors||24||Netherlands||NED||AF-4||2-1||2:19.382|
|5||Emily Scott||24||United States||USA||AF-5||5-1||2:22.641|
|7||Jessica Smith||30||United States||USA||BF-2||4-2||2:20.259|
|13||Kim A-Lang||18||South Korea||KOR||AF-DQ||2-2||2:22.864|
|15||Yara van Kerkhof||23||Netherlands||NED||SF-5||5-3||2:20.291|
|19||Jo Hae-Ri||27||South Korea||KOR||SF-DQ||0-1||2:27.629|
|24||Aly Dudek||23||United States||USA||R1-4||0-4||2:27.899|
|28||Charlotte Gilmartin||23||Great Britain||GBR||R1-5||0-5||2:27.935|
|31||Kateřina Novotná||29||Czech Republic||CZE||R1-6||0-6||2:27.232|
|AC||Elise Christie||23||Great Britain||GBR||R1-DNF||0-0||DNF|