Cross-country skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics

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Cross-country skiing
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Soldier hollow olympic venue.jpg
Olympic Cross-country skiing athletes compete at Soldier Hollow
Venue Soldier Hollow
Date February 9-February 23
No. of events 12
Competitors 260 (153 men and 107 women) from 44 nations
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Athletes compete at Soldier Hollow on February 14, 2002.
A Russian commemorative coin depicting Cross-country skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The cross-country skiing events at the 2002 Winter Olympics were marred by drug problems. The winners of three races were disqualified after blood tests showed that three skiers had overly high red blood cell counts indicating the use of darbepoetin, a drug used to treat anemia. At the time, the drug was not specifically listed in the IOC's list of banned substances, but the Olympic rules generally prohibit doping of any kind, in accordance with its charter. After two years and several lawsuits in Olympic and Swiss courts, the skiers in question (Johann Mühlegg of Spain, and Larissa Lazutina and Olga Danilova of Russia) were stripped of all their medals from the 2002 Games.

See the external links below for the official IOC press releases containing detailed information of the doping cases and their resolution, including initial, intermediate, and final amended results. This article gives the final medalists as decided on by the IOC in early 2004.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 5 2 4 11
2  Italy (ITA) 2 2 2 6
3  Russia (RUS) 2 1 1 4
4  Germany (GER) 1 2 2 5
5  Estonia (EST) 1 1 1 3
6  Austria (AUT) 1 1 0 2
7  Canada (CAN) 1 0 0 1
8  Czech Republic (CZE) 0 2 0 2
9  Switzerland (SUI) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2 x 10 kilometre pursuit
details
Frode Estil
 Norway
Thomas Alsgaard
 Norway
49:48.9 Not awarded Per Elofsson
 Sweden
49:52.9
15 kilometre classical
details
Andrus Veerpalu
 Estonia
37:07.4 Frode Estil
 Norway
37:43.4 Jaak Mae
 Estonia
37:50.8
30 kilometre freestyle mass start
details
Christian Hoffmann
 Austria
1:11:31.0 Mikhail Botvinov
 Austria
1:11:32.3 Kristen Skjeldal
 Norway
1:11:42.7
50 kilometre classical
details
Mikhail Ivanov
 Russia
2:06:20.8 Andrus Veerpalu
 Estonia
2:06:44.5 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset
 Norway
2:08:41.5
4 x 10 kilometre relay
details
 Norway (NOR)
Anders Aukland
Frode Estil
Kristen Skjeldal
Thomas Alsgaard
1:32.45.4  Italy (ITA)
Fabio Maj
Giorgio Di Centa
Pietro Piller Cottrer
Cristian Zorzi
1:32:45.8  Germany (GER)
Jens Filbrich
Andreas Schlütter
Tobias Angerer
René Sommerfeldt
1:33:34.5
Sprint
details
Tor Arne Hetland
 Norway
2:56.9 Peter Schlickenrieder
 Germany
2:57.0 Cristian Zorzi
 Italy
2:57.2

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2 x 5 kilometre pursuit
details
Beckie Scott
 Canada
25:09.9 Kateřina Neumannová
 Czech Republic
25:10.0 Viola Bauer
 Germany
25:11.1
10 kilometre classical
details
Bente Skari
 Norway
28:05.6 Yuliya Chepalova
 Russia
28:09.9 Stefania Belmondo
 Italy
28:45.8
15 kilometre freestyle mass start
details
Stefania Belmondo
 Italy
39:54.4 Kateřina Neumannová
 Czech Republic
40:01.3 Yuliya Chepalova
 Russia
40:02.7
30 kilometre classical
details
Gabriella Paruzzi
 Italy
1:30:57.1 Stefania Belmondo
 Italy
1:31:01.6 Bente Skari
 Norway
1:31:36.3
4 x 5 kilometre relay
details
 Germany (GER)
Manuela Henkel
Viola Bauer
Claudia Künzel
Evi Sachenbacher
49:30.6  Norway (NOR)
Marit Bjørgen
Bente Skari
Hilde G. Pedersen
Anita Moen
49:31.9  Switzerland (SUI)
Andrea Huber
Laurence Rochat
Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan
Natascia Leonardi Cortesi
50:03.6
Sprint
details
Yuliya Chepalova
 Russia
3:10.6 Evi Sachenbacher
 Germany
3:12.2 Anita Moen
 Norway
3:12.7

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