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Cross Country Skiing at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): , Autrans
Date Started: February 9, 1968
Date Finished: February 9, 1968

Gold: SWE Toini Gustafsson
Silver: NOR Berit Mørdre-Lammedal
Bronze: NOR Inger Aufles

Summary

The queen of cross country skiing at the 1964 games, Klavdiya Boyarskikh, collected two more gold medals at the 1966 World Championships in Oslo, and had also a strong season in 1966/67, winning the Holmenkollen 5 km race. To everybody’s surprise, she decided to end her sporting career just before the new Olympic season. There was newspaper speculation that this had something to do with the IOC decision in 1967 to introduce sex-testing at the forthcoming Olympic Games.

Toini Gustafsson, a Finnish-born athlete who was sent to Sweden as a 6-year old girl due to the intense fighting in the Continuation War around her birthplace of Suomussalmi in western Karelia, completely dominated the 10 km race. At the halfway point she had a clear lead, almost 15 seconds ahead of Marjatta Kajosmaa from Finland. In the second part of the race, Gustafsson was in a class of her own and won by a large margin, 1.08 ahead of the silver medallist, Berit Mørdre from Norway. Another Norwegian skier, Inger Aufles, secured the bronze medal 5 seconds behind Mørdre, securing the first ever Olympic medals for Norway in cross country skiing for ladies. The Soviet ladies ended up with no medals in a cross country event for ladies for the first time since they made their first Winter Olympic appearance in 1956. Their best skier, 25-year old Galina Kulakova, ended in a disappointing 6th place, 1:40 behind the winner.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Toini Gustafsson 30 Sweden SWE Gold 36:46.5 18:55.0 1
2 Berit Mørdre-Lammedal 27 Norway NOR Silver 37:54.6 19:18.4 7
3 Inger Aufles 26 Norway NOR Bronze 37:59.9 19:12.2 3
4 Barbro Martinsson 32 Sweden SWE 38:07.1 19:15.6 6
5 Marjatta Kajosmaa 30 Finland FIN 38:09.0 19:09.6 2
6 Galina Kulakova 25 Soviet Union URS 38:26.7 19:14.9 5
7 Alevtina Kolchina 37 Soviet Union URS 38:52.9 19:13.3 4
8 Babben Enger-Damon 28 Norway NOR 38:54.4 19:46.2 10
9 Christine Nestler 27 East Germany GDR 39:07.9 19:50.2 12
10 Barbro Tano 28 Sweden SWE 39:09.6 19:54.2 15
11 Alevtina Olyunina-Smirnova 25 Soviet Union URS 39:10.3 19:38.1 8
12 Senja Pusula 26 Finland FIN 39:12.5 19:45.2 9
13 Faadiya Salimzhanova 33 Soviet Union URS 39:17.9 19:49.3 11
14 Gudrun Schmidt 26 East Germany GDR 39:22.8 20:02.7 18
15 Britt Strandberg 33 Sweden SWE 39:25.7 19:52.9 14
16 Renate Fischer-Köhler 24 East Germany GDR 39:27.4 20:00.6 17
17 Katharina Mo-Berge 23 Norway NOR 39:35.4 19:52.6 13
18 Liisa Suihkonen 24 Finland FIN 39:55.3 20:16.2 19
19 Stefania Biegun 32 Poland POL 39:55.4 20:00.3 16
20 Monika Mrklas 25 West Germany FRG 39:58.2 20:20.9 20
21 Weronika Budny 26 Poland POL 40:09.4 20:30.4 21
22 Anni Unger 23 East Germany GDR 40:36.8 20:41.5 23
23 Fujiko Kato 21 Japan JPN 40:40.0 20:59.1 24
24 Éva Balázs 25 Hungary HUN 40:58.3 21:02.7 25
25 Józefa Czerniawska-Pęksa 31 Poland POL 40:59.9 21:03.4 26
26 Michaela Endler 22 West Germany FRG 41:01.1 20:30.6 22
27 Nadezhda Vasileva 30 Bulgaria BUL 41:25.8 21:14.9 27
28 Tsvetana Sotirova 28 Bulgaria BUL 42:16.5 21:46.2 28
29 Roza Dimova 31 Bulgaria BUL 43:18.4 22:20.0 31
30 Anna Gębala-Duraj 18 Poland POL 43:23.8 21:59.3 29
31 Velichka Pandeva 26 Bulgaria BUL 43:26.3 22:19.0 30
32 Kirsten Carlsen 30 Denmark DEN 46:56.2 22:23.9 32
AC Helena Kivioja-Takalo 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Barbara Barthel 27 West Germany FRG DNF