Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Date Started: February 9, 1984
Date Finished: February 9, 1984
Participants: 139 (87 men and 52 women) from 24 countries
Youngest Participant: Im Ri-Bin (15 years, 129 days)
Oldest Participant: Colin Coates (37 years, 320 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): Karin Enke-Kania (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): East Germany (11 medals)
The 1984 Olympic speed skating events were held at the Zetra ice rink, which was an outdoor rink with natural ice. The rink opened in 1983 and the first major international events contested there were the 1983 World Junior Championships. Yugoslavia had not competed much in speed skating prior to Sarajevo being awarded the 1984 Winter Olympics. A team was created specifically for the 1984 Olympics, and they dÃ©buted only in 1983. The rink became the center for Yugoslav speed skating in the late 1980s; however, it was damaged in the Bosnian-Serbian civil war. The track has not been used for speed skating since 1992 and there are no plans to re-build the rink. At the 1984 Winter Olympics, the track was not considered fast, and all of [Eric Heiden]âs Olympic records from 1980 stood up, a product both of his brilliance and the slow ice.
Leading up to the 1984 Winter Olympic speed skating events there was no dominant skater among the men such as Heiden in 1980, who retired after the 1980 World Championships, or [Ard Schenk] in 1972, or [Hjalmar Andersen] in 1952. But East German [Karin Enke] was favored in all four events, having twice won the World Championships and the World Sprints since the 1980 Winter Olympics. She would not succeed in that quest, but eventually three skaters won multiple medals, with Enke winning two gold and four medals, and Canadaâs [GaÃ©tan Boucher], and East German skater [Andrea SchÃ¶ne-Mitscherlich] winning three medals, with Boucher also winning two gold medals.
There was no change in the Olympic speed skating program in 1984, which was identical to that of 1976 and 1980, with five menâs events â 500, 1,000, 1,500, 5,000, and 10,000 metres â and four womenâs events â 500, 1,000, 1,500, and 3,000 metres.
|Men's 500 metres||Sergey Fokichev||Yoshihiro Kitazawa||GaÃ©tan Boucher|
|Men's 1,000 metres||GaÃ©tan Boucher||Sergey Khlebnikov||Kai Arne Engelstad|
|Men's 1,500 metres||GaÃ©tan Boucher||Sergey Khlebnikov||Oleg Bozhev|
|Men's 5,000 metres||Tomas Gustafson||Igor Malkov||RenÃ© SchÃ¶fisch|
|Men's 10,000 metres||Igor Malkov||Tomas Gustafson||RenÃ© SchÃ¶fisch|
|Women's 500 metres||Christa Rothenburger-Luding||Karin Enke-Kania||Nataliya Shive-Glebova|
|Women's 1,000 metres||Karin Enke-Kania||Andrea Ehrig-SchÃ¶ne-Mitscherlich||Nataliya Petrusyova|
|Women's 1,500 metres||Karin Enke-Kania||Andrea Ehrig-SchÃ¶ne-Mitscherlich||Nataliya Petrusyova|
|Women's 3,000 metres||Andrea Ehrig-SchÃ¶ne-Mitscherlich||Karin Enke-Kania||Gabi Zange-SchÃ¶nbrunn|