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Evgeny Grishin, long-striding Russian speed skater, set new world and Olympic record of 40.2 in 500-meter sprint. Runners-up: Rafael Gratch, Russia, silver medal for second; Alv Gjestvang, Norway, bronze for third. Certificates: former record-holder Juri Sergheiev, Russia, fourth; Toivo Salonen, Finland, fifth; Bill Carow, U.S., sixth.
Boris Shilkov, already world record-holder in 5,000-meter speed skating, set new Olympic mark of 7:48.7 for distance to win Russia's third gold medal. Silver medal: Sigge Ericsson of Sweden. Bronze: Oleg Goncharenko, Russia. Certificates: William De Graaf, Holland, fourth; Kees Broekman, Holland, fifth; Ronald Aas, Norway, sixth.
Evgeny Grishin won second gold medal, set second world record of Games by skating impossible dead heat over 1,500-meter course with countryman Yuri Mikhailov. Time for each—2:08.6. Bronze medalist: Toivo Salonen, Finland. Certificates: Juhani Harvinen, Finland, fourth; Robert Merculov, U.S.S.R., fifth; Sigge Ericsson, Sweden, sixth.
Germany won her first gold medal of Winter Olympics when Ossi Reichert, brunette cafe manager from Berlin, whipped through finish gate in 1:56.5 to win women's giant slalom. Other medalists: Putzi Frandl, Austria, silver medal for second; Dorothea Hochleitner, Austria, bronze for third. Certificates: Andrea Mead Lawrence of U.S. (defending champion) and Madeleine Berthod, Switzerland, tied for fourth; Lucille Wheeler, Canada, sixth.
Toni Sailer, black-haired ace of powerful Austrian squad, outclassed entire field in men's giant slalom with time of 3:00.1 over 7,700-foot course. Second in 3:06.3: Anderl Molterer, Austria, silver medal. Third: Walter Schuster, Austria, bronze. Certificates: Adrien Duvillard, France, fourth; Charles Bozon, France, fifth; Ernst Hinterseer, Austria, sixth.
Ren�e Colliard, blue-eyed Swiss from Geneva, pulled second big upset of Winter Games by winning women's special slalom by 3.1 seconds over silver medalist Regina Schopf of Austria. Third, for bronze medal: Eugenie Sidorva, first Russian ever to place in Olympic alpine event. Certificates: Giuliana Minuzzo-Chenal, Italy; Putzi Frandl, Austria; Astrid Sandvik, Inger Bjornbakken, Norway (tie).