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
|Venue||Squaw Valley Olympic Skating Rink|
|Competitors||23 from 10 nations|
1960 Winter Olympics
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.
United Team of Germany
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1960 Winter Olympics.
|World Record||45.6(*)||Tamara Rylova||Medeo (URS)||January 11, 1955|
(*) 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.
|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|
- Official Olympic Report
- Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 17 January 2009.