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Speed Skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): Speed Skating Oval, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 23, 1960
Date Finished: February 23, 1960

Gold: URS Lidiya Skoblikova
Silver: URS Valentina Stenina
Bronze: FIN Eevi Huttunen

Summary

The world record was 5:13.8, set in 1953 at Medeo by Soviet Rimma Zhukova. At the recent World Championships, the distance had been won by [Lidiya Skoblikova] (URS-1960), [Eevi Huttunen] (FIN-1959), and Inga Artamanova (URS-1958). Skoblikova had already won the 1,500 metres in Squaw Valley. The other two Soviet skaters in the event, who had to be considered as no non-Soviet woman had been on the all-around podium at the World Championships since 1952, were [Tamara Rylova] and [Valentina Stenina], wife of top men's skater, [Boris Stenin]. Stenina had recently won the 1960 World Championships in all-around, and had been second at this distance.

Twenty skaters came to the mark. Rylova was in the third pair and took the lead, but her time of 5:30.0 would place her only ninth. The next favorite to skate was Stenina in the seventh pair. Her time of 5:16.9 was considered fast, and put her into a comfortable lead. Huttunen was up two pairs later, and although she was ahead of Stenina's pace through 2,200 metres, she struggled on the final laps, finishing in 5:21.0. Skoblikova was in the last pair, the 10th, but the day was cold, and the ice was still good. She led throughout, finishing in 5:14.3, the second fastest time ever. It was her second gold medal of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and four years later in Innsbruck, she would win all four women's races.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 2c
1 Lidiya Skoblikova 20 Soviet Union URS Gold 5:14.3 1:00 1:41 2:22 3:05 3:47 4:31 22 OR
2 Valentina Stenina 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 5:16.9 1:01 1:43 2:26 3:08 3:51 4:34 22 OR
3 Eevi Huttunen 37 Finland FIN Bronze 5:21.0 1:01 1:42 2:24 3:08 3:52 4:37
4 Hatsue Nagakubo-Takamizawa 24 Japan JPN 5:21.4 1:03 1:46 2:28 3:10 3:54 4:38
5 Christina Lindblom-Scherling 19 Sweden SWE 5:25.5 1:04 1:46 2:28 3:11 3:56 4:41 23 OR
6 Helena Pilejczyk 28 Poland POL 5:26.2 1:02 1:43 2:26 3:10 3:54 4:40 22 OR
7 Elwira Seroczyńska 28 Poland POL 5:27.3 1:02 1:44 2:27 3:11 3:56 4:41
8 Jeanne Ashworth 21 United States USA 5:28.5 1:03 1:44 2:27 3:11 3:57 4:43
9 Tamara Rylova 28 Soviet Union URS 5:30.0 1:03 1:46 2:28 3:12 3:58 4:44 23 OR
10 Yoshiko Takano 18 Japan JPN 5:30.9 1:06 1:50 2:33 3:17 4:01 4:46
11 Elsa Einarsson 18 Sweden SWE 5:32.2 1:04 1:46 2:30 3:15 4:01 4:46 23 OR
12 Iris Sihvonen 19 Finland FIN 5:35.2 1:02 1:45 2:28 3:14 4:00 4:47
13 Inge Görmer 25 Germany GER 5:37.5 1:10 1:53 2:38 3:22 4:07 4:52
14 Doreen Ryan 28 Canada CAN 5:39.7 1:04 1:48 2:34 3:22 4:08 4:54
15 Françoise Lucas 20 France FRA 5:42.5 1:01 1:43 2:27 3:15 4:04 4:55
16 Peggy Robb 17 Canada CAN 5:43.5 1:06 1:50 2:36 3:22 4:09 4:56
17 Gisela Toews 19 Germany GER 5:48.3 1:08 1:53 2:38 3:24 4:11 5:00 24 OR
18 Cornelia Harrington 16 United States USA 5:57.5 1:10 1:58 2:44 3:31 4:20 5:11
19 Beverly Buhr 18 United States USA 6:03.1 1:08 1:53 2:38 3:27 4:20 5:13
20 Kim Gyeong-Hoe 19 South Korea KOR 6:08.2 1:05 1:50 2:39 3:31 4:23 5:15