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Cross Country Skiing at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Cross Country Skiing Stadium, Seefeld
Date Started: February 10, 1976
Date Finished: February 10, 1976

Gold: URS Raisa Smetanina
Silver: FIN Helena Kivioja-Takalo
Bronze: URS Galina Kulakova

Summary

The 10 km race, organized three days after the 5 km race, involved the same four skiers in the fight for the medals, but this time with a different outcome.

Nina Baldycheva had this time the unlucky fate to start as number 1, but her intermediate time at 5 km was first beaten by Raisa Smetanina by 18 seconds. Smetanina’s arch rival from the 5 km, Helena Takalo, this time starting 1.30 behind her Soviet opponent, could not better Smetanina at the halfway point, passing that mark 10 seconds behind her. Defending champion Galina Kulakova starting last of the favorites, was third at 5 km, five seconds behind Takalo. But Takalo, the 5 km champion, then started her move. She gained seconds on Smetanina over the last part of the race, eagerly supported by Finnish coaches, but reached the finish just one second behind Smetanina, and had to be content with the silver medal. Kulakova finished her race 25 seconds behind Smetanina, but beat her teammate Baldycheva’s time by 14 seconds, adding a bronze to her collection of Olympic medals.

Takalo won the 5 km race by 1.04 seconds, and Smetanina the 10 km by 0.87 seconds, certainly deserving of a gold medal each. Takalo finished her great Olympic season by winning both the 5 and 10 km race at Holmenkollen, but the Soviet skiers were not present.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Raisa Smetanina 23 Soviet Union URS Gold 30:13.41 16:29.99 1
2 Helena Kivioja-Takalo 28 Finland FIN Silver 30:14.28 16:40.36 2
3 Galina Kulakova 33 Soviet Union URS Bronze 30:38.61 16:45.00 3
4 Nina Fyodorova-Baldycheva 28 Soviet Union URS 30:52.58 16:48.05 4
5 Eva Olsson 24 Sweden SWE 31:08.72 17:03.46 8
6 Zinaida Amosova 26 Soviet Union URS 31:11.23 16:58.18 6
7 Barbara Petzold 20 East Germany GDR 31:12.20 16:57.62 5
8 Veronika Hesse-Schmidt 23 East Germany GDR 31:12.33 17:02.54 7
9 Hilkka Riihivuori-Kuntola 23 Finland FIN 31:29.39 17:17.81 13
10 Lena Carlzon-Lundbäck 21 Sweden SWE 31:33.06 17:08.48 9
11 Marjatta Kajosmaa 38 Finland FIN 31:35.50 17:24.95 17
12 Sigrun Krause 22 East Germany GDR 31:39.76 17:16.32 11
13 Anna Pasiarová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 31:44.97 17:23.31 14
14 Monika Debertshäuser 23 East Germany GDR 31:50.06 17:12.78 10
15 Grete Kummen 23 Norway NOR 32:02.59 17:24.45 15
16 Görel Partapuoli 21 Sweden SWE 32:04.63 17:24.47 16
17 Blanka Paulů 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 32:06.54 17:35.45 19
18 Berit Aunli-Kvello 19 Norway NOR 32:17.60 17:16.94 12
19 Gabriela Svobodová-Sekajová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 32:28.76 17:43.60 22
20 Władysława Majerczyk 23 Poland POL 32:30.68 17:50.21 25
21 Marie Johansson-Risby 20 Sweden SWE 32:33.18 17:37.75 20
22 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen 20 Finland FIN 32:37.72 17:35.05 18
23 Berit Johannessen 24 Norway NOR 32:46.76 17:52.92 26
24 Marit Myrmæl 22 Norway NOR 32:47.21 17:47.93 23
25 Michaela Endler 30 West Germany FRG 32:55.62 17:49.42 24
26 Anna Pawlusiak 23 Poland POL 33:01.47 17:59.68 27
27 Anna Gębala-Duraj 26 Poland POL 33:13.21 18:03.27 29
28 Sharon Firth 22 Canada CAN 33:15.20 18:06.61 30
29 Shirley Firth 22 Canada CAN 33:16.50 18:02.71 28
30 Mikiko Terui 23 Japan JPN 33:25.81 18:15.49 32
31 Iris Schulze 17 West Germany FRG 33:43.82 18:14.92 31
32 Sue Holloway 20 Canada CAN 34:03.49 18:39.62 36
33 Maria Trebunia 19 Poland POL 34:14.44 18:32.77 34
34 Joan Groothuysen 18 Canada CAN 34:16.35 18:38.22 35
35 Alena Bartošová 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 34:18.73 17:42.52 21
36 Martha Rockwell 31 United States USA 34:21.34 18:30.19 33
37 Jana Hlavaty 34 United States USA 34:48.88 18:59.99 37
38 Claudia Sprenger 17 Liechtenstein LIE 34:57.03 19:03.29 38
39 Milena Kordež 22 Yugoslavia YUG 35:15.54 19:03.85 39
40 Barbara Stöckl 19 Austria AUT 35:28.99 19:20.39 40
41 Sylvia Schweiger 17 Austria AUT 36:32.93 19:58.51 42
42 Twila Hinkle 21 United States USA 36:35.49 19:43.86 41
43 Margie Mahoney 23 United States USA 37:07.18 20:09.50 43
44 Gertrud Gasteiger 16 Austria AUT 37:35.77 20:14.13 44