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Cross Country Skiing at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 3 × 5 kilometres Relay

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld
Date Started: February 7, 1964
Date Finished: February 7, 1964

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: SWE Sweden
Bronze: FIN Finland


In the two earlier games with the cross country relay for women on the program, the highly favored Soviet women had surprisingly not been able to win a gold medal. In 1956 they lost to Finland, and in 1960 Sweden took a most unexpected gold medal. The Soviets had won three World Championships in a row, in 1954, 1958 and 1962, and were also the big favorite for the gold medal this time.

And this time the relay went on as expected. The experienced [Alevtina Kolchina] made no mistakes on the first leg and had a 36 seconds lead over Sweden’s [Barbro Martinsson.] at the first exchange. But Finland’s young [Senja Pusula] ran into trouble on her first leg and reached the exchange in fourth place, almost two and a half minutes behind the leader and 1:11 behind Germany in third place. [Yevdokiya Mekshilo] and double Olympic Champion [Klavdiya Boyarskikh] increased the Soviet lead on the last two legs, and the Soviet Union won the gold with a comfortable margin, over two minutes ahead of Sweden. On the second leg, Finland’s [Toini Pöysti] was able to overtake Germany, and Finland secured the bronze medal almost two minutes ahead of Germany, but 1:18 behind Sweden.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Soviet Union URS Gold 59:20.2
2 Sweden SWE Silver 1-01:27.0
3 Finland FIN Bronze 1-02:45.1
4 Germany GER 1-04:29.9
5 Bulgaria BUL 1-06:40.4
6 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-08:42.8
7 Poland POL 1-08:55.4
8 Hungary HUN 1-10:16.3