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Cross Country Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Makomanai Cross Country Events Site, Sapporo
Date Started: February 6, 1972
Date Finished: February 6, 1972

Gold: URS Galina Kulakova
Silver: URS Alevtina Olyunina-Smirnova
Bronze: FIN Marjatta Kajosmaa

Summary

After a disappointing showing in the 1968 games with no gold medals, the Soviet women came back strongly at the 1970 World Championships in Vysoke Tatra, winning five out of six medals in the individual races in addition to the relay. The 10 km race was the opening race for women in Sapporo, and Alevtina Olyunina was reigning World Champion on the distance. At the halfway point her teammate Galina Kulakova had an 8-second lead over Olyunina, with the Finnish veteran of 34 years, Marjatta Kajosmaa another 3.5 seconds behind. Norway’s Aslaug Dahl, a 22-year-old skier from the Sami municipality of Nesseby in the far northeastern part of Norway, was close behind Kajosmaa. The third Soviet skier, Lyubov Mukhachova, was also involved in the medal fight, reaching the halfway point only half a second behind Dahl.

In the last part of the race Kulakova increased her lead and won by a clear margin, over 36 seconds. The fight for the other medals was very close. Olyunina could barely hold her second position, and Kajosmaa was able to split the three Soviet ladies, winning the bronze medal 2 seconds behind Olyunina and 2 seconds ahead of Mukhachova. Dahl faded over the last half of the race and ended as sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Galina Kulakova 29 Soviet Union URS Gold 34:17.82 16:39.46 1
2 Alevtina Olyunina-Smirnova 29 Soviet Union URS Silver 34:54.11 16:47.81 2
3 Marjatta Kajosmaa 34 Finland FIN Bronze 34:56.45 16:51.20 3
4 Lyubov Mukhachova 24 Soviet Union URS 34:58.56 16:53.42 5
5 Helena Kivioja-Takalo 24 Finland FIN 35:06.34 17:04.04 7
6 Aslaug Dahl 22 Norway NOR 35:18.84 16:52.80 4
7 Helena Šikolová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 35:29.33 17:08.23 8
8 Hilkka Riihivuori-Kuntola 19 Finland FIN 35:36.71 17:01.20 6
9 Renate Fischer-Köhler 28 East Germany GDR 35:46.96 17:18.64 10
10 Nina Shebalina 30 Soviet Union URS 35:54.59 17:14.44 9
11 Weronika Budny 30 Poland POL 35:57.59 17:23.47 12
12 Inger Aufles 30 Norway NOR 36:07.08 17:19.65 11
13 Barbro Tano 32 Sweden SWE 36:29.34 17:42.28 23
14 Berit Mørdre-Lammedal 31 Norway NOR 36:29.43 17:35.61 18
15 Anna Gębala-Duraj 22 Poland POL 36:32.65 17:34.85 17
16 Martha Rockwell 27 United States USA 36:34.22 17:30.31 15
17 Michaela Endler 26 West Germany FRG 36:38.05 17:27.44 14
18 Gabi Haupt 29 East Germany GDR 36:38.41 17:40.73 21
19 Meeri Bodelid 28 Sweden SWE 36:41.52 17:40.52 19
20 Anni Unger 27 East Germany GDR 36:45.24 17:41.68 22
21 Józefa Chromik 25 Poland POL 36:45.39 17:34.50 16
22 Marjatta Muttilainen-Olkkonen 25 Finland FIN 36:46.40 17:27.27 13
23 Eva Olsson 20 Sweden SWE 36:46.50 17:44.52 25
24 Sharon Firth 18 Canada CAN 36:52.49 17:40.66 20
25 Hiroko Takahashi 29 Japan JPN 36:53.84 17:47.12 27
26 Milena Chlumová 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 36:59.87 17:43.15 24
27 Alena Bartošová 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 37:01.73 17:50.96 28
28 Birgitta Lindqvist 29 Sweden SWE 37:24.76 17:46.67 26
29 Katharina Mo-Berge 27 Norway NOR 37:33.16 17:59.29 30
30 Milena Cillerová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 37:40.70 17:59.40 31
31 Christine Phillip 24 East Germany GDR 37:51.76 18:11.81 33
32 Ingrid Rothfuß 23 West Germany FRG 38:03.69 17:55.02 29
33 Tokiko Ozeki 21 Japan JPN 38:07.24 18:08.52 32
34 Władysława Majerczyk 19 Poland POL 38:19.66 18:26.67 34
35 Alison Owen-Spencer 19 United States USA 38:50.05 18:40.25 35
36 Margie Mahoney 19 United States USA 39:27.95 19:05.47 37
37 Harumi Imai 20 Japan JPN 39:33.13 19:16.63 39
38 Hideko Saito 21 Japan JPN 39:51.61 19:05.20 36
39 Frances Lütken 21 Great Britain GBR 40:02.73 19:09.74 38
40 Hellen Sander 17 Canada CAN 40:25.11 19:20.98 40
41 Trina Hosmer 23 United States USA 40:40.56 19:29.40 41
AC Monika Mrklas 29 West Germany FRG DNF