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Cross Country Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): McKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California
Date Started: February 20, 1960
Date Finished: February 20, 1960

Gold: URS Mariya Gusakova
Silver: URS Lyubov Kozyreva-Baranova
Bronze: URS Radiya Yeroshina

Summary

The Soviet ladies had dominated this event since they made their first appearance in the 1954 World Championships, winning all the gold medals since then. At the World Championships in 1958 they won gold and silver, with [Alevtina Kolchina] the winner ahead of defending Olympic Champion Lyubov Kozyreva, who was entered for Squaw Valley under her new married name Baranova.

The 1960 10 km race was totally dominated by the Soviet ladies. At the halfway point, defending champion Baranova was in the lead, 15 seconds ahead of World Champion Kolchina. But Mariya Gusakova, sixth in the 1958 World Championships and 23 seconds behind the leader at 5 km, had the strongest finish of all and won by a comfortable margin, 18 seconds ahead of Baranova. Radiya Yeroshina, silver medalist from 1956, finished six seconds ahead of Kolchina and secured the bronze medal. The bronze medalist from 1956, now competing under her married name Sonja Ruthström, was the best non-Soviet skier in fifth place, 23 seconds behind Kolchina. The youngest competitor in the field of 24, Bulgarian Krastana Stoeva, was best of the Middle Europeans, placing ninth.

Two days after Gusakovas’s Olympic triumph, her husband Nikolay Gusakov won the bronze medal in Nordic Combined.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Mariya Gusakova 29 Soviet Union URS Gold 39:46.6 20:38 3
2 Lyubov Kozyreva-Baranova 30 Soviet Union URS Silver 40:04.2 20:15 1
3 Radiya Yeroshina 29 Soviet Union URS Bronze 40:06.0 20:51 4
4 Alevtina Kolchina 29 Soviet Union URS 40:12.6 20:30 2
5 Sonja Edström-Ruthström 29 Sweden SWE 40:35.5 21:11 =5
6 Toini Pöysti 26 Finland FIN 40:41.9 21:11 =5
7 Barbro Martinsson 24 Sweden SWE 41:06.2 21:34 9
8 Irma Johansson 27 Sweden SWE 41:08.3 21:31 7
9 Krastana Stoeva 19 Bulgaria BUL 41:44.0 21:33 8
10 Britt Strandberg 25 Sweden SWE 42:06.8 22:13 13
11 Eeva Ruoppa 27 Finland FIN 42:12.8 22:06 12
12 Rita Czech-Blasl 25 Germany GER 42:29.0 22:21 14
13 Stefania Biegun 24 Poland POL 42:45.2 22:03 11
14 Józefa Czerniawska-Pęksa 23 Poland POL 42:45.5 22:29 15
15 Siiri Rantanen 35 Finland FIN 42:52.7 21:37 10
16 Renate Dannhauer-Borges 20 Germany GER 43:46.1 23:03 18
17 Eva Hög 31 Finland FIN 44:05.0 22:54 17
18 Sonnhilde Hausschild-Kallus 24 Germany GER 44:14.6 22:53 16
19 Nadezhda Vasileva 22 Bulgaria BUL 44:32.8 23:09 19
20 Anna Krzeptowska-Żebracka 21 Poland POL 44:36.1 23:30 20
21 Helena Gąsienica Daniel 25 Poland POL 45:08.2 23:46 21
22 Roza Dimova 23 Bulgaria BUL 45:45.8 23:52 22
23 Magdolna Bartha 30 Hungary HUN 47:23.2 24:43 23
AC Christa Göhler 24 Germany GER DNF