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Olympic Medal Forecast
Anita Verschoth
February 06, 1984
SPEED SKATINGWith one exception, speed skating figures to be dominated by athletes from traditional strongholds: the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the U.S.S.R. and East Germany. The exception is Akira Kuroiwa, 22, who should take home Japan's first Olympic speed skating medal. A native of Tsumagoi, a village 90 miles north of Tokyo, Kuroiwa began racing at 12; a daily five-mile bike ride to school over steep mountain roads helped give him the powerful legs of a speed skater.
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February 06, 1984

Olympic Medal Forecast

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SPEED SKATING
With one exception, speed skating figures to be dominated by athletes from traditional strongholds: the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the U.S.S.R. and East Germany. The exception is Akira Kuroiwa, 22, who should take home Japan's first Olympic speed skating medal. A native of Tsumagoi, a village 90 miles north of Tokyo, Kuroiwa began racing at 12; a daily five-mile bike ride to school over steep mountain roads helped give him the powerful legs of a speed skater.

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500 Meters

Akira Kuroiwa Japan
Pavel Pegov U.S.S.R.
Vladimir Kozlov U.S.S.R.
Dark Horse: Nick Thometz U.S.A.

1,000 Meters

Sergei Khlebnikov U.S.S.R.
Hilbert van der Duim The Netherlands
Pavel Pegov U.S.S.R.
Dark Horse: Erik Henriksen U.S.A.

1,500 Meters

Rolf Falk-Larsen Norway
Hilbert van der Duim The Netherlands
Aleksandr Baranov U.S.S.R.
Dark Horse: Dimitri Botsjkarjov U.S.S.R.

5,000 Meters

Rolf Falk-Larsen Norway
Dimitri Botsjkarjov U.S.S.R.
Tomas Gustafson Sweden
Dark Horse: Geir Karlstad Norway

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