Cross-country skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's 4 × 5 kilometre relay

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Women's 4 x 5 kilometre relay
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
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Pictogram for cross country
Venue Whistler Olympic Park
Dates 25 February
Competitors 64 (16 teams) from 16 nations
Winning time 55:19.5
Medalists
Gold medal    Norway
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Finland
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Cross-country skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics
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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 women's 4 x 5 kilometre relay cross-country skiing competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada was held on 25 February at Whistler Olympic Park at 11:15 PST.[1]

Russia was the defending Olympic champion with the team of Natalia Baranova-Masolkina, Larisa Kurkina, Yuliya Chepalova, and Yevgeniya Medvedeva-Arbuzova.[2] Baranova-Masolikina retired following the 2006 Winter Olympics while Chepalova retired in August 2009 after testing positive for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) doping (She would be banned from the International Ski Federation (FIS) for two years in a decision rendered on 23 December 2009 that would run until 20 August 2011.[3]).[4] The defending world champions were the Finnish team of Pirjo Muranen, Virpi Kuitunen, Riitta-Liisa Roponen, and Aino-Kaisa Saarinen[5] (The same foursome also won the event at the 2007 championships.[6]) The last World Cup competition for this event prior to the 2010 Games took place 22 November 2009 in Beitostoelen, Norway and was won by the Swedish team of Anna Olsson, Sara Lindborg, Anna Haag, and Charlotte Kalla.[7]

Each team used four skiers who each compete over two separate 2.5 km circuits with classical using the red circuit while freestyle using the blue circuit. The first two raced in the classical technique, and the final pair of skiers raced freestyle technique.

Results[edit]

The following are the results of the event.[8]

Sweden's Olsson had the fastest first leg with Norway and Germany, who were using the same foursome in the starting order shown that won them silver at last year's world championships, rounding out the top three. Kowalcyzk had the fastest second leg and in the classical technique, moved Poland (who would finish sixth) into the lead after the second exchange with Italy (who would finish fourth) and Norway rounding out the top three. Kalla of Sweden would have the fastest third leg and in the freestyle technique to propel her country from eighth to fifth. The top three after the third exchange was Norway, Italy, and tied for third with Germany and defending world champion Finland, who was using the same foursome in their same starting order. Norway's Bjørgen had the final anchor leg to give her team their first Olympic gold medal in this event since the 1984 Winter Olympics. Defending Olympic champion Russia, with Medvedeva (formerly Medvedeva-Abruzova) being the only returning member, finished a disappointing eighth. Meanwhile the Swedes, winners of the last World Cup event, finished fifth with Kalla being the only returnee of the foursome that won the previous November.[9][10]

Rank Bib Country Time Deficit
1 4 Norway
Vibeke Skofterud
Therese Johaug
Kristin Størmer Steira
Marit Bjørgen
55:19.5
14:49.9
14:46.5
12:53.2
12:49.9
0.0
2 2 Germany
Katrin Zeller
Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
Miriam Gössner
Claudia Nystad
55:44.1
14:53.7
15:00.6
12:52.0
12:57.8
+24.6
3 1 Finland
Pirjo Muranen
Virpi Kuitunen
Riitta-Liisa Roponen
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
55:49.9
15:32.4
14:35.7
12:38.2
13:03.6
+30.4
4 5 Italy
Arianna Follis
Marianna Longa
Silvia Rupil
Sabina Valbusa
56:04.9
14:58.6
14:29.4
13:01.8
13:35.1
+45.4
5 3 Sweden
Anna Olsson
Magdalena Pajala
Charlotte Kalla
Ida Ingemarsdotter
56:18.9
14:47.1
15:35.6
12:25.0
13:31.2
+59.4
6 9 France
Aurore Cuinet
Karine Laurent Philippot
Celia Bourgeois
Cecile Storti
56:30.6
15:13.3
14:38.8
12:59.9
13:38.6
+1:11.1
7 8 Russia
Olga Zavyalova
Irina Khazova
Yevgeniya Medvedeva
Natalya Korostelyova
57:00.9
15:15.2
15:19.0
13:01.1
13:25.6
+1:41.4
8 7 Japan
Madoka Natsumi
Masako Ishida
Nobuko Fukuda
Michiko Kashiwabara
57:40.4
15:03.0
14:50.4
13:34.5
14:12.5
+2:20.9
9 11 Kazakhstan
Elena Kolomina
Oxana Jatskaja
Tatjana Roshina
Svetlana Malahova-Shishkina
58:23.3
15:29.1
15:25.7
13:47.7
13:40.8
+3:03.8
10 10 Belarus
Nastassia Dubarezava
Alena Sannikova
Olga Vasiljonok
Ekaterina Rudakova
58:28.4
15:36.5
15:29.2
13:22.1
14:00.6
+3:08.9
11 14 United States
Kikkan Randall
Holly Brooks
Morgan Arritola
Caitlin Compton
58:57.5
14:57.5
16:12.8
13:41.6
14:05.6
+3:38.0
12 13 Czech Republic
Eva Nývltová
Kamila Rajdlová
Ivana Janečková
Eva Skalníková
59:11.2
15:15.0
15:28.9
13:34.3
14:53.0
+3:51.7
13 12 Ukraine
Tatjana Zavalij
Kateryna Grygorenko
Maryna Antsybor
Valentina Shevchenko
59:25.7
15:38.1
16:16.7
13:34.2
13:56.7
+4:06.2
14 16 Slovenia
Anja Erzen
Katja Višnar
Vesna Fabjan
Barbara Jezeršek
59:47.5
16:00.8
16:32.3
13:25.0
13:49.4
+4:28.0
15 15 Canada
Daria Gaiazova
Perianne Jones
Chandra Crawford
Madeleine Williams
1:00:05.0
15:35.8
16:14.7
14:17.7
13:56.8
+4:45.5
DSQ 6 Poland
Kornelia Marek
Justyna Kowalczyk
Paulina Maciuszek
Sylwia Jaśkowiec
56:29.4
15:25.3
14:00.3
13:38.4
13:25.4
+1:09.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics cross-country skiing schedule. - accessed 3 November 2009.
  2. ^ 2006 Winter Olympics women's 4 x 5 km relay results. - accessed 3 November 2009.
  3. ^ "FIS Doping Panel delivers two decisions". - FIS 23 December 2009 article accessed 25 December 2009.
  4. ^ 25 August 2009 russiatoday.com article on doping including Cheapalova. - accessed 3 November 2009.
  5. ^ FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 women's 4 x 5 km relay results. - accessed 3 November 2009.
  6. ^ FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 women's 4 x 5 km relay results. - accessed 22 November 2009.
  7. ^ FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup 22 November 2009 women's 4 x 5 km relay results. - accessed 22 November 2009.
  8. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics results: Ladies' 4x5 km Relay Classic/Free, from http://www.fis-ski.com; retrieved 2010-09-08.
  9. ^ 2010 Winter Olympics 25 February 2010 women's 4 x 5 km relay. - accessed 26 November 2010.
  10. ^ Wallenchinsky, David and Jaime Loucky. (2009) "Cross-Country (Nordic) Skiing, Women: 4 x 5-Kilometer Relay". In The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics: 2010 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. pp. 252-3.