Cross-country skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's 4 × 10 kilometre relay

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Men's 4 x 10 kilometre relay
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Venue Pragelato
Dates 19 February
Competitors 64 from 16 nations
Winning time 1:43:45.7
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«2002 2010»
Cross-country skiing at the
2006 Winter Olympics
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
Distance
10 km women
15 km men women
30 km men women
50 km men
4 x 5 km relay women
4 x 10 km relay men
Sprint
Individual men women
Team men women

The men's 4 x 10 kilometre relay cross-country skiing competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, was held on 19 February at Pragelato.

A World Cup event in the relay was held at Beitostølen, Norway, on 20 November 2005, and Germany's team of Andreas Schlütter, Axel Teichmann, Jens Filbrich and Tobias Angerer won the competition. The defending World Champions were Norway, with a team of Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset, Frode Estil, Lars Berger and Tore Ruud Hofstad. The Norwegians were also the defending Olympic champion, with Anders Aukland, Estil, Kristen Skjeldal and Thomas Alsgaard winning gold in Salt Lake. At Nagano in 1998, the Norwegians beat the Italians by less than one tenth of a second, and in 1994 at Lillehammer the Italians beat the Norwegians by less than one tenth of a second. In the previous three Olympics, the winning team beat the silver medalists by a cumulative time of just under one tenth of a second. One further relay event was held before the Olympics, at Val di Fiemme on 15 January 2006, which was won by an Italian team consisting of Giorgio Di Centa, Valerio Checchi, Pietro Piller Cottrer and Cristian Zorzi. Four teams finished within 2.6 seconds of the Italian winners.

Hosts Italy won this relay, their fifth straight medal in relays in the Winter Olympics. They were over 15 seconds ahead of any competitors. Sweden took bronze, their first medal since 1988, and Norway failed to win a medal for the first time since 1988.

Results[edit]

Each team used four skiers, with each completing racing over the same 10 kilometre circuit. The first two raced in the classical style, and the final pair of skiers raced freestyle.[1] The Austrian team was disqualified after the IOC declared all four members permanently ineligible for doping-related violations. This had a minimal effect on the final standings, as the Austrian team had been lapped during the race, ending up last overall.[2]

Rank Team Time
1Gold medal icon.svg Italy
Fulvio Valbusa
Giorgio Di Centa
Pietro Piller Cottrer
Cristian Zorzi
1:43:45.7
2Silver medal icon.svg Germany
Andreas Schlütter
Jens Filbrich
René Sommerfeldt
Tobias Angerer
1:44:01.4
3Bronze medal icon.svg Sweden
Mats Larsson
Johan Olsson
Anders Södergren
Mathias Fredriksson
1:44:01.7
4 France
Christophe Perrillat
Alexandre Rousselet
Emmanuel Jonnier
Vincent Vittoz
1:44:22.8
5 Norway
Jens Arne Svartedal
Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset
Frode Estil
Tore Ruud Hofstad
1:44:56.3
6 Russia
Sergei Novikov
Vassili Rotchev
Ivan Alypov
Yevgeny Dementyev
1:45:09.9
7 Switzerland
Reto Burgermeister
Christian Stebler
Toni Livers
Remo Fischer
1:45:10.9
8 Estonia
Aivar Rehemaa
Andrus Veerpalu
Jaak Mae
Kaspar Kokk
1:45:23.8
9 Czech Republic
Martin Koukal
Lukáš Bauer
Jiří Magál
Dušan Kožíšek
1:46:03.3
10 Finland
Sami Jauhojärvi
Tero Similae
Olli Ohtonen
Teemu Kattilakoski
1:46:36.1
11 Canada
Devon Kershaw
Sean Crooks
Chris Jeffries
George Grey
1:48:15.9
12 United States
Kris Freeman
Lars Flora
Andrew Johnson
Carl Swenson
1:48:44.2
13 Kazakhstan
Andrey Golovko
Dmitrij Eremenko
Maxim Odnodvortsev
Yevgeniy Koschevoy
1:49:03.6
14 Ukraine
Roman Leybyuk
Vladimir Olschanski
Olexandr Putsko
Mikhail Gumenyak
1:50:01.9
15 China
Xia Wan
Li Geilang
Zhang Chengye
Zhang Qing
1:50:40.5
16DQ Austria
Martin Tauber
Juergen Pinter
Roland Diethart
Johannes Eder
DQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Torino 2006 Official Report - Cross Country Skiing". Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Torino 2006: Six Austrian Athletes Declared Permanently Ineligible". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 21 February 2009.