Cross-country skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics

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The 1976 Winter Olympic Games cross-country skiing results. The women's 3 x 5 km relay was replaced by a 4 x 5 km relay at these games.

Men's events[edit]

15 km[edit]

February 8, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold  Nikolay Bazhukov
Soviet Union (URS)
43:58.47
 Silver  Yevgeny Belyayev
Soviet Union (URS)
44:01.10
 Bronze  Arto Koivisto
Finland (FIN)
44:19.25
4  Ivan Garanin (URS) 44:41.98
5  Ivar Formo (NOR) 45:29.11
6  Bill Koch (USA) 45:32.22
7  Georg Zipfel (FRG) 45:38.10
8  Odd Martinsen (NOR) 45:41.33

30 km[edit]

February 5, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold  Sergey Savelyev
Soviet Union (URS)
1:30:29.38
 Silver  Bill Koch
United States (USA)
1:30:57.84
 Bronze  Ivan Garanin
Soviet Union (URS)
1:31:09.29
4  Juha Mieto (FIN) 1:31:20.39
5  Nikolay Bazhukov (URS) 1:31:33.14
6  Gert-Dietmar Klause (GDR) 1:32:00.91
7  Albert Giger (SUI) 1:32:17.71
8  Arto Koivisto (FIN) 1:32:23.11

Koch is the only American, the first North American (Chandra Crawford, Sara Renner, and Beckie Scott, all from Canada, are the others.), and the only North American male to win a cross-country Olympic medal.

50 km[edit]

February 14, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold  Ivar Formo
Norway (NOR)
2:37:30.05
 Silver  Gert-Dietmar Klause
East Germany (GDR)
2:38:13.21
 Bronze  Benny Södergren
Sweden (SWE)
2:39:39.21
4  Ivan Garanin (URS) 2:40:38.94
5  Gerhard Grimmer (GDR) 2:41:15.46
6  Per Knut Aaland (NOR) 2:41:18.06
7  Pål Tyldum (NOR) 2:42:21.86
8  Tommy Limby (SWE) 2:42:43.58

4 x 10 km relay[edit]

February 12, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold Finland (Matti Pitkänen, Juha Mieto, Pertti Teurajärvi, Arto Koivisto) 2:07:59.72
 Silver Norway (Pål Tyldum, Einar Sagstuen, Ivar Formo, Odd Martinsen) 2:09:58.36
 Bronze Soviet Union (Yevgeny Belyayev, Nikolay Bazhukov, Sergey Savelyev, Ivan Garanin) 2:10:51.46
4 Sweden (Benny Södergren, Christer Johansson, Thomas Wassberg, Sven-Åke Lundbäck) 2:11:16.88
5 Switzerland (Franz Renggli, Edi Hauser, Heinz Gähler, Alfred Kälin) 2:11:28.53
6 United States (Doug Peterson, Tim Caldwell, Bill Koch, Ronny Yeager) 2:11:41.35
7 Italy (Renzo Chiochetti, Tonio Biondini, Ulrico Kostner, Giulio Capitanio) 2:12:07.12
8 Austria (Rudolf Horn, Reinhold Feichter, Werner Vogel, Herbert Wachter) 2:12:22.80

Women's events[edit]

5 km[edit]

February 9, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold  Helena Takalo
Finland (FIN)
15:48.69
 Silver  Raisa Smetanina
Soviet Union (URS)
15:49.73
 Bronze  Nina Fyodorova (URS) 16:12.82
4  Hilkka Kuntola (FIN) 16:17.74
5  Eva Olsson (SWE) 16:27.15
6  Zinaida Amosova (URS) 16:33.78
7  Monika Debertshäuser (GDR) 16:34.94
8  Grete Kummen (NOR) 16:35.43

Galina Kulakova finished third, but was disqualified for using a nasal spray containing the banned drug ephedrine. Despite this, she was allowed to compete in the 10 km and 4 x 5 km events.

10 km[edit]

February 10, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold  Raisa Smetanina
Soviet Union (URS)
30:13.41
 Silver  Helena Takalo
Finland (FIN)
30:14.28
 Bronze  Galina Kulakova
Soviet Union (URS)
30:38.61
4  Nina Fyodorova (URS) 30:52.58
5  Eva Olsson (SWE) 31:08.72
6  Zinaida Amosova (URS) 31:11.23
7  Barbara Petzold (GDR) 31:12.20
8  Veronika Hesse (GDR) 31:12.33

4 x 5 km relay[edit]

February 12, 1976

Medal Athlete Time
 Gold Soviet Union (Nina Fyodorova, Zinaida Amosova, Raisa Smetanina, Galina Kulakova) 1:07:49.75
 Silver Finland (Liisa Suihkonen, Marjatta Kajosmaa, Hilkka Riihivuori, Helena Takalo) 1:08:36.57
 Bronze East Germany (Monika Debertshäuser, Sigrun Krause, Barbara Petzold, Veronika Schmidt) 1:09:57.95
4 Sweden (Lena Carlzon, Görel Partapuoli, Marie Johansson, Eva Olsson) 1:10:14.68
5 Norway (Berit Kvello, Marit Myrmæl, Berit Johannessen, Grete Kummen) 1:11:09.08
6 Czechoslovakia (Anna Pasiárová, Gabriela Sekajová, Alena Bartošová, Blanka Paulů) 1:11:27.83

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