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Speed Skating at the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Women's 1,000 metres

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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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Elizabeth Dubois 19 United States USA
2 Hattie Donaldson Canada CAN
3 Dorothy Franey 18 United States USA
4 Lela Brooks-Potter 23 Canada CAN
5 Geraldine Mackie Canada CAN
6 Jean Wilson 21 Canada CAN
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