at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
|Dates||8–20 February 1998|
|No. of events||10|
|Competitors||169 from 25 nations|
| Speed skating at the|
1998 Winter Olympics
Speed skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics, was held from 8 to 20 February. Ten events were contested at M-Wave.
|Totals (8 nations)||10||10||10||30|
The Netherlands dominated the Nagano speed skating events, winning five gold medals and eleven medals overall, their highest total in any Winter games, as of 2010. Bart Veldkamp's bronze medal was the first in speed skating for Belgium, and the first at the Winter Games for the country in 50 years. Lyudmila Prokasheva's bronze medal for Kazakhstan was that country's first in the sport as well, and Prokasheva became the first woman from Kazakhstan to earn an Olympic medal.
Gianni Romme and Marianne Timmer led the individual medal tables, with two gold each.
|2x500 metres || Hiroyasu Shimizu ||1:11.35|| Jeremy Wotherspoon ||1:11.84|| Kevin Overland ||1:11.86|
|1000 metres || Ids Postma ||1:10.64|
( OR )
| Jan Bos ||1:10.71|| Hiroyasu Shimizu ||1:11.00|
|1500 metres || Ådne Søndrål ||1:47.87 |
| Ids Postma ||1:48.13|| Rintje Ritsma ||1:48.52|
|5000 metres || Gianni Romme ||6:22.20 |
| Rintje Ritsma ||6:28.24|| Bart Veldkamp ||6:28.31|
|10,000 metres || Gianni Romme ||13:15.33 |
| Bob de Jong ||13:25.76|| Rintje Ritsma ||13:28.19|
|2x500 metres || Catriona Le May Doan ||1:16.60|| Susan Auch ||1:16.93|| Tomomi Okazaki ||1:17.10|
|1000 metres || Marianne Timmer ||1:16.51|
| Chris Witty ||1:16.79|| Catriona Le May Doan ||1:17.37|
|1500 metres || Marianne Timmer ||1:57.58 WR|| Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann ||1:58.66|| Chris Witty ||1:58.97|
|3000 metres || Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann ||4:07.29|
| Claudia Pechstein ||4:08.47|| Anni Friesinger-Postma ||4:09.44|
|5000 metres || Claudia Pechstein ||6:59.61 WR|| Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann ||6:59.65|| Lyudmila Prokasheva ||7:11.14|
Five world records and twelve Olympic records were set in Nagano.
|Men's 500 metres||9 February||35.76||OR|
|Men's 1000 metres||15 February||1:10.64||OR|
|Men's 1500 metres||12 February||1:47.87||OR||WR|
|Men's 5000 metres||8 February||6:22.20||OR||WR|
|Men's 10000 metres||17 February||13:15.33||OR||WR|
|Women's 500 metres||13 February||38.39||OR|
|Women's 1000 metres||19 February||1:16.51||OR|
|Women's 1500 metres||16 February||1:57.58||OR||WR|
|Women's 3000 metres||11 February||4:07.29||OR|
|Women's 5000 metres||20 February||6:59.61||OR||WR|
Twenty-five nations competed in the speed skating events at Nagano. New Zealand and Portugal made their Olympic speed skating debuts.
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