Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 9, 1932
Date Finished: February 9, 1932
There were two heats with three skaters advancing to the final from each. Canadians [Lela Brooks-Potter] and [Jean Wilson] won the heats, the former beating the official world record of 2:03.4, set weeks earlier by Zofja Nehringowa of Poland. Brooks-Potter’s time, however, would not be recognized, having been skated in the North American packstyle format, and neither would be the winning time in the final.
The Canadian women were less fortunate in the final, with 500 m winner Wilson tripping in sight of the finish line, and placing last, while Brooks-Potter came only fourth. Instead, the final was won by [Elizabeth Dubois] of the USA, with [Hattie Donaldson] second and [Dorothy Franey] third. Dubois’ most notable performance prior to the Games had been her victory in the ½ mile at the 1930 US Championships. Franey, as Dorothy Franey-Langkop, would become a mother figure to American Olympians as she helped establish the US Olympians organization.
|1||Elizabeth Dubois||19||United States||USA|
|3||Dorothy Franey||18||United States||USA|
|4 h1 r1/2||Helen Bina||19||United States||USA|
|AC h1 r1/2||Kit Klein||21||United States||USA|
|AC h2 r1/2||Elsie Muller-McLave||36||United States||USA|
|AC h2 r1/2||Florence Hurd||18||Canada||CAN|