Speed skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics – Women's 500 metres

Women's 500 metres
at the VIII Olympic Winter Games
Pictogram for Speed skating
VenueSquaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink
DatesFebruary 20
Competitors23 from 10 nations
Winning time45.9
   United Team of Germany
   Soviet Union
   United States
Speed skating
at the
1960 Winter Olympics
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1000 m women
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10,000 m men

The women's 500 metres speed skating event was part of the speed skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics programme. It was the first appearance of a women's event in Olympic speed skating. The competition was held on the Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink and for the first time at the Olympics on artificially frozen ice. It was held on Saturday, February 20, 1960.

Twenty-three speed skaters from ten nations competed.


Gold Silver Bronze
Helga Haase
 United Team of Germany
Natalya Donchenko
 Soviet Union
Jeanne Ashworth
 United States


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1960 Winter Olympics.

World Record 45.6(*) Soviet Union Tamara Rylova Medeo (URS) January 11, 1955
Olympic Record -

(*) The record was set in a high altitude venue (more than 1000 metres above sea level) and on naturally frozen ice.

Helga Haase set the first Olympic record with 45.9 seconds.


Helga Haase became the first ever female Olympic champion in speed skating.

PlaceSpeed skaterTime
1  Helga Haase (EUA) 45.9 OR
2  Natalya Donchenko (URS) 46.0
3  Jeanne Ashworth (USA) 46.1
4  Tamara Rylova (URS) 46.2
5  Hatsue Takamizawa (JPN) 46.6
6  Klara Guseva (URS) 46.8
 Elwira Seroczyńska (POL) 46.8
8  Fumie Hama (JPN) 47.4
9  Doreen Ryan (CAN) 47.7
10  Kathy Mulholland (USA) 47.9
11  Iris Sihvonen (FIN) 48.7
12  Helena Pilejczyk (POL) 48.2
13  Françoise Lucas (FRA) 48.6
14  Eevi Huttunen (FIN) 48.6
15  Christina Scherling (SWE) 48.7
16  Jeanne Omelenchuk (USA) 49.3
17  Margaret Robb (CAN) 50.0
18  Sigrit Behrenz (EUA) 50.2
19  Yoshiko Takano (JPN) 50.3
20  Natascha Liebknecht (EUA) 51.4
21  Kim Gyeong-Hoe (KOR) 53.2
22  Han Hye-Ja (KOR) 53.8
 Elsa Einarsson (SWE) DNF


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