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
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset of Norway leads a group of competitors during the men's relay final.
Dates19 February
Competitors64 (16 teams) from 16 nations
Winning time1:43:45.7
1st, gold medalist(s)  Italy
Giorgio Di Centa, Pietro Piller Cottrer, Fulvio Valbusa, Cristian Zorzi
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Germany
Tobias Angerer, Jens Filbrich, Andreas Schlütter, René Sommerfeldt
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Sweden
Mathias Fredriksson, Mats Larsson, Johan Olsson, Anders Södergren
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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.


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


  1. ^ "Torino 2006 Official Report - Cross Country Skiing" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Torino 2006: Six Austrian Athletes Declared Permanently Ineligible". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 21 February 2009.