Cross-country skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's sprint

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Men's sprint
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg
Venue Pragelato
Dates February 22
Competitors 80 from 34 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Björn Lind  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s) Roddy Darragon  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Thobias Fredriksson  Sweden
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The men's sprint cross-country skiing competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, was held on 22 February at Pragelato.

Vasily Rochev was the defending world champion at this event, but he won in the classical style. The last free style sprint at the World Championships was won by Thobias Fredriksson in 2003,[1] while Tor Arne Hetland was defending Olympic champion. Swede Björn Lind won the two most recent World Cup events, and also won the Olympic race, beating Frenchman Roddy Darragon to the line. Darragon won France's first cross-country skiing medal in the history of the Olympics, while Sweden took the bronze through Thobias Fredriksson.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Eighty skiers completed the 1.3 kilometre course in the qualifying portion of the event, with the top thirty advancing to the quarterfinals.[2]

Rank Name Country Time Notes
1 Björn Lind  Sweden 2:13.53 Q
2 Andrew Newell  United States 2:14.79 Q
3 Johan Kjølstad  Norway 2:15.11 Q
4 Vasily Rochev  Russia 2:16.19 Q
5 Cristian Zorzi  Italy 2:16.23 Q
6 Mikael Östberg  Sweden 2:16.24 Q
7 Trond Iversen  Norway 2:16.25 Q
8 Loris Frasnelli  Italy 2:16.30 Q
9 Peter Larsson  Sweden 2:16.62 Q
10 Roddy Darragon  France 2:16.76 Q
11 Renato Pasini  Italy 2:16.87 Q
12 Ola Vigen Hattestad  Norway 2:17.26 Q
13 Yuichi Onda  Japan 2:17.53 Q
14 Anti Saarepuu  Estonia 2:17:75 Q
15 Tor Arne Hetland  Norway 2:17.91 Q
16 Chris Cook  United States 2:18.46 Q
17 Freddy Schwienbacher  Italy 2:18.59 Q
18 Yevgeniy Koschevoy  Kazakhstan 2:18.88 Q
19 Thobias Fredriksson  Sweden 2:18.90 Q
20 Martin Koukal  Czech Republic 2:19.39 Q
21 Dušan Kožíšek  Czech Republic 2:19.64 Q
22 Keijo Kurttila  Finland 2:19.94 Q
23 Janusz Krężelok  Poland 2:20.04 Q
24 Harald Wurm  Austria 2:20.11 Q
25 Martin Stockinger  Austria 2:20.18 Q
26 Lauri Pyykönen  Finland 2:20.21 Q
27 Ivan Alypov  Russia 2:20.21 Q
28 Sergei Novikov  Russia 2:20.29 Q
29 Lefteris Fafalis  Greece 2:20.33 Q
30 Christoph Eigenmann  Switzerland 2:20.46 Q
31 Drew Goldsack  Canada 2:20.62
32 Sean Crooks  Canada 2:20.70
33 Maciej Kreczmer  Poland 2:20.83
34 Pavel Korostelev  Russia 2:21.00
35 Nikolay Chebotko  Kazakhstan 2:21.23
36 Torin Koos  United States 2:21.47
37 Devon Kershaw  Canada 2:21.49
38 Peeter Kümmel  Estonia 2:21.60
39 Nejc Brodar  Slovenia 2:21.94
40 Ivan Bilosyuk  Ukraine 2:21.97
41 Priit Narusk  Estonia 2:22.19
42 Vitaly Martsyv  Ukraine 2:22.30
43 Shunsuke Komamura  Japan 2:22.38
44 Zoltan Tagscherer  Hungary 2:22.69
45 Yevgeni Safonov  Kazakhstan 2:22.99
46 Lars Flora  United States 2:23.02
47 Phil Widmer  Canada 2:23.79
48 Zhang Chengye  China 2:24.18
49 Martin Otcenas  Slovakia 2:24.77
50 Oļegs Maļuhins  Latvia 2:24.88
51 Paul Murray  Australia 2:25.29
52 Alexander Lasutkin  Belarus 2:25.79
53 Tian Ye  China 2:25.85
54 Aivar Rehemaa  Estonia 2:26.09
55 Sergey Cherepanov  Kazakhstan 2:26.48
56 Joze Mehle  Slovenia 2:27.02
57 Oliver Kraas  South Africa 2:27.68
58 Zhang Qing  China 2:27.90
59 Aleksej Novoselkij  Lithuania 2:28.04
60 Damir Jurcevic  Croatia 2:28.21
61 Sami Jauhojärvi  Finland 2:28.42
62 Mikhail Gumenyak  Ukraine 2:28.72
63 Park Byung Joo  South Korea 2:28.85
64 Muhammet Kızılarslan  Turkey 2:28.94
65 Zsolt Antal  Romania 2:29.40
66 Olexandr Putsko  Ukraine 2:30.99
67 Sabahattin Oglago  Turkey 2:31.10
68 Valts Eiduks  Latvia 2:31.25
69 Mihai Galiceanu  Romania 2:31.43
70 Chen Haibin  China 2:32.01
71 Ivan Bariakov  Bulgaria 2:32.18
72 Intas Spalvins  Latvia 2:32.26
73 Denis Klobucar  Croatia 2:33.10
74 Olegs Andrejevs  Latvia 2:33.23
75 Alen Abramovic  Croatia 2:34.61
76 Jung Eui Myung  South Korea 2:35.39
77 Ilie Bria  Moldova 2:42.30
78 Bahadur Gupta  India 2:43.30
79 Hovhannes Sargsyan  Armenia 2:47.68
80 Edmond Khachatryan  Armenia 2:49.98

Quarterfinals[edit]

There were five quarterfinal races, each with six skiers. The top two in each heat advanced to the semifinals.[2]

Quarterfinal 1
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 1  Björn Lind (SWE) 2:21.5 Q
2 10  Roddy Darragon (FRA) 2:21.9 Q
3 20  Martin Koukal (CZE) 2:23.5
4 11  Renato Pasini (ITA) 2:23.7
5 21  Dušan Kožíšek (CZE) 2:24.5
6 30  Christoph Eigenmann (SUI) 2:25.6
Quarterfinal 2
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 17  Freddy Schwienbacher (ITA) 2:20.4 Q
2 14  Anti Saarepuu (EST) 2:20.7 Q
3 4  Vasily Rochev (RUS) 2:22.0
4 7  Trond Iversen (NOR) 2:22.5
5 24  Harald Wurm (AUT) 2:23.4
6 27  Ivan Alypov (RUS) 2:24.7
Quarterfinal 3
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 5  Cristian Zorzi (ITA) 2:25.9 Q
2 15  Tor Arne Hetland (NOR) 2:26.1 Q
3 6  Mikael Östberg (SWE) 2:26.7
4 25  Martin Stockinger (AUT) 2:27.1
5 16  Chris Cook (USA) 2:27.9
6 26  Lauri Pyykönen (FIN) 2:28.1
Quarterfinal 4
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 12  Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) 2:23.1 Q
2 19  Thobias Fredriksson (SWE) 2:23.2 Q
3 9  Peter Larsson (SWE) 2:23.3
4 2  Andrew Newell (USA) 2:24.3
5 22  Keijo Kurttila (FIN) 2:25.1
6 29  Lefteris Fafalis (GRE) 2:26.7
Quarterfinal 5
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 3  Johan Kjølstad (NOR) 2:20.2 Q
2 8  Loris Frasnelli (ITA) 2:20.4 Q
3 18  Yevgeniy Koschevoy (KAZ) 2:20.7
4 23  Janusz Krężelok (POL) 2:21.6
5 28  Sergei Novikov (RUS) 2:21.9
6 13  Yuichi Onda (JPN) 2:22.3

Semifinals[edit]

There were two semifinal races, each with five skiers. The top two in each semifinal advanced to the A Final, to compete for the top four places, while the third and fourth placed finishers advanced to the B Final, for places five through eight.[2]

Semifinal 1
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 1  Björn Lind (SWE) 2:19.6 Q
2 10  Roddy Darragon (FRA) 2:19.9 Q
3 17  Freddy Schwienbacher (ITA) 2:22.8
4 14  Anti Saarepuu (EST) 2:34.8
5 15  Tor Arne Hetland (NOR) 2:43.2
Semifinal 2
Rank Seed Athlete Result Notes
1 19  Thobias Fredriksson (SWE) 2:25.9 Q
2 5  Cristian Zorzi (ITA) 2:26.1 Q
3 8  Loris Frasnelli (ITA) 2:26.8
4 3  Johan Kjølstad (NOR) 2:27.1
5 12  Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) 2:29.0

Finals[edit]

Björn Lind finished 0.6 seconds ahead of Roddy Darragon to win the Olympic gold medal in the cross-country sprint.[2]

Final A
Rank Seed Athlete Result
Gold medal icon.svg 1  Björn Lind (SWE) 2:26.5
Silver medal icon.svg 10  Roddy Darragon (FRA) 2:27.1
Bronze medal icon.svg 19  Thobias Fredriksson (SWE) 2:27.8
4 5  Cristian Zorzi (ITA) 2:31.7
Final B
Rank Seed Athlete Result
1 17  Freddy Schwienbacher (ITA) 2:23.9
2 8  Loris Frasnelli (ITA) 2:25.2
3 3  Johan Kjølstad (NOR) 2:25.6
4 14  Anti Saarepuu (EST) 2:27.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results". International Ski Federation. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  2. ^ a b c d "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 12 June 2009.