Cross-country skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics – Men's 4 × 10 kilometre relay

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Men's 4 × 10 kilometre relay
at the XVII Olympic Winter Games
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
Pictogram for cross country
Venue Birkebeineren Ski Stadium
Dates 22 February
Competitors 56 (14 teams) from 14 nations
Winning time 1:41:15.0
Medalists
Gold medal    Italy
Silver medal    Norway
Bronze medal    Finland
«1992 1998»
Cross-country skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
Distance
5 km     women
10 km   men   women
15 km   men   women
30 km   men   women
50 km   men  
4 x 5 km relay     women
4 x 10 km relay   men  

The men's 4 × 10 km relay, a part of the cross-country skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics, took place on 22 February at Birkebeineren Ski Stadium in Lillehammer, Norway. The race saw Italy beat Norway by 0.4 seconds on the finish line, with Finland finishing third. The three had followed each other closely through the first three rounds, but in the fourth heat, Silvio Fauner and Bjørn Dæhlie managed to break with Jari Isometsä. The event was the most spectated of any in the games, with an estimated 100,000 spectators at the stadium and along the tracks.

The event was the most spectated of any event of the games, with 203,000 people having applied for the 31,000 seats at the stadium.[1] In addition, some 75,000 extra spectators watched from the track-side.[2]

Course[edit]

The event was held at Birkebeineren Ski Stadium in Lillehammer, Norway.

Race[edit]

After the start at 10:30, Sture Sivertsen of Norway was the fastest and was in lead when leaving the stadium. After a few kilometers, Sture Sivertsen, Norway, Mika Myllylä of Finland, Jan Ottosson of Sweden and Maurilio De Zolt of Italy had broken away from the rest of the teams. Sivertsen was in lead for four kilometers, after which he let Mika Myllylä of Finland pull when the group was approaching the stadium. At half-distance through the stadium, Sivertsen and Myllylä had gained a small gap on the other two. Sivertsen regained the lead in the hill leading from the stadium, and was followed closely by Myllylä. By seven kilometers, de Zolt had fallen slightly behind, while Ottosson stiffened and was not able to keep up with the other three. At the first change, Sivertsen and Myllylä were even, while de Zolt was 12 seconds behind, while Ottosson was 57 seconds behind. About one minute after that, a group of Jeremias Wigger of Switzerland, Torald Rein of Germany, Nikolai Ivanov of Kazakhstan, Luboš Buchta of the Czech Republic and Andrey Kirilov of Russia.[3]

The second stage became a race between Vegard Ulvang of Norway, Harri Kirvesniemi of Finland and Marco Albarello of Italy. Ulvang set off in a fast pace, with Kirvesniemi and Albarello following suit. Part of the way through the lap, Kirvesniemi attempted to pull, but the other two followed suit. Two kilometers before reaching the exchange, Kirvesniemi broke his ski pole, but was able to follow along. In the approach to the stadium, Ulvang looked like he would exchange first, but Albarello cut the corner and was able to exchange just before Ulvang. Behind the first three teams, Alexey Prokurorov of Russia was one and a half minute behind.[3]

Norway's strategy was to pull away with Thomas Alsgaard in the third heat. However, he was not able to, and ended instead dragging Jari Räsänen of Finland and Giorgio Vanzetta of Italy. After six kilometers, Alsgaard attempted to pull away, but the pair behind him would not let him. This caused Alsgaard to stiffen, and he had difficulties following Vanzetta and Räsänen through the rest of the race. Behind the first three teams, Gennadiy Lazutin of Russia was two minutes behind.[3]

The last lap started as a race between Silvio Fauner of Italy, Bjørn Dæhlie of Norway and Jari Isometsä of Finland. After a few kilometers, Dæhlie and Fauner were able create a gap to Isometsä, and the rest of the relay was a duel between the Norwegian and the Italian. For most of the race, Dæhlie was ahead. About two kilometers before the goal, both stopped, wanting the other to pull, and neither wanting to start the sprint. In the ascent towards the final straight stretch, Dæhli lay right in the back of Fauner. 180 meters (590 ft) before the finish line, Dæhli switched tracks, but was not able to keep up with Fauner, who passed 0.4 seconds before Dæhlie. Finland finished third, 1 minutes and 0.6 seconds behind Italy. Germany and Russia had a fight for the fourth place, with Johann Mühlegg of Germany finishing three seconds ahead of Mikhail Botvinov of Russia.[3]

Results[edit]

Rank Bib Country Time Deficit
1 2 Italy
Maurilio De Zolt
Marco Albarello
Giorgio Vanzetta
Silvio Fauner
1:41:15.0 +0.0
2 1 Norway
Sture Sivertsen
Vegard Ulvang
Thomas Alsgaard
Bjørn Dæhlie
1:41:15.4 +0.4
3 4 Finland
Mika Myllylä
Harri Kirvesniemi
Jari Räsänen
Jari Isometsä
1:42:15.6 +1:00.6
4 5 Germany
Torald Rein
Jochen Behle
Peter Schlickenrieder
Johann Mühlegg
1:44:26.7 +3:11.7
5 3 Russia
Andrey Kirilov
Alexey Prokurorov
Gennadiy Lazutin
Mikhail Botvinov
1:44:29.2 +3:14.2
6 6 Sweden
Jan Ottosson
Christer Majbäck
Anders Bergström
Henrik Forsberg
1:45:22.7 +4:07.7
7 9 Switzerland
Jeremias Wigger
Hans Diethelm
Jürg Capol
Giachem Guidon
1:47:12.2 +6:57.2
8 8 Czech Republic
Luboš Buchta
Václav Korunka
Jiří Teplý
Pavel Benc
1:47:12.2 +6:57.2
9 13 Kazakhstan
Nikolai Ivanov
Pavel Korolev
Andrei Nevzorov
Pavel Riabinine
1:47:41.3 +6:26.3
10 10 France
Phillippe Sanchez
Patrick Rémy
Hervé Balland
Stéphane Azambre
1:48:25.1 +7:10.1
11 14 Estonia
Jaak Mae
Jaanus Teppan
Elmo Kassin
Taivo Kuus
1:48:57.6 +7:42.6
12 7 Belarus
Igor Obukhov
Victor Kamotski
Sergei Dolidovich
Viatcheslav Plaksunov
1:49:23.7 +8:08.7
13 12 United States
John Aalberg
Benjamin Husaby
Todd Boonstra
Luke Bodensteiner
1:49:40.5 +8:25.5
14 11 Japan
Hiroyuki Imai
Kazutoshi Nagahama
Kazunari Sasaki
Masaaki Kozu
1:49:42.1 +8:27.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wallenchiensky & Loucky 2008, p. 239
  2. ^ LOOC (II): 241–242
  3. ^ a b c d Sæter, Kåre (22 February 1994). "Knallhardt helt til mål". Aftenposten Aften (in Norwegian). p. 10. 
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