Speed Skating Hall of Fame

Yevgeny Grishin

Born: March 23, 1931 - Tula (URS)
Died: July 9, 2005 - Moscow (RUS)

Yevgeni Grishin, from Moscow, was the best sprinter of the world in the period 1955-1964. He became Olympic champion on both 500 m and 1500 m in 1956 and 1960. In addition he got a silver medal on 500 m in 1964 and a 4th place in 1968, only 0.1 seconds from a second silver medal. In 1960 he had a false stroke in the last curve, but he still won the gold medal and equaled his own World Record.

He wasn't just an excellent sprinter, his long distances held high enough standard to make him fight for the championship titles. He won the European title 1956 after a nerve breaking fight with Knut Johannesen. Kuppern had to beat Grishin by 46,4 seconds on the 10000 m. Grishin finished in 17.34,5, beaten by 44,4 seconds. He also won 2 bronze medals in World championships; 1954 and 1956. He had 14 single distance wins during his 14 starts in allround championships.

Grishin was the first to break the 40 seconds barrier on 500 m, and it happened 3 years before his first official sub 40 World Record. Grishin did 39,6 in a test race in Squaw Valley in 1960, just after the Olympic Games had finished. He was also the first to do a sub 2.10 1500 m. When he did his 1000 m WR, the previous record had been standing for 25 years, since Clas Thunberg did 1.28,4 in 1930.

Highest rank on the Adelskalender: 3 (1955-1958)

Bjarte Hetland, January 28, 2014

Career summary

Podia at championships

19543 World Championship AllroundSapporoJPN
19561 Olympic Winter Games 500 metersCortina d'AmpezzoITA
1 Olympic Winter Games 1500 metersCortina d'AmpezzoITA
3 World Championship AllroundOsloNOR
1 European Championship AllroundHelsinkiFIN
19601 Olympic Winter Games 500 metersSquaw ValleyUSA
1 Olympic Winter Games 1500 metersSquaw ValleyUSA
19642 Olympic Winter Games 500 metersInnsbruckAUT

World Records

11500 meters2:09.8Jan 10, 1955MedeoKAZ
21000 meters1:22.8Jan 12, 1955MedeoKAZ
3500 meters0:40.2Jan 22, 1956MisurinaITA
4500 meters0:40.2Jan 28, 1956MisurinaITA
51500 meters2:08.6Jan 30, 1956MisurinaITA
6500 meters0:39.6Jan 27, 1963MedeoKAZ
7500 meters0:39.5Jan 28, 1963MedeoKAZ

Personal Bests

500m0:39.5Jan 28, 1963MedeoKAZ
1000m1:22.8Jan 12, 1955MedeoKAZ
1500m2:08.6Jan 30, 1956MisurinaITA