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Cross Country Skiing at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Women's 5 kilometres

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Mt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 15, 1980
Date Finished: February 15, 1980

Gold: URS Raisa Smetanina
Silver: FIN Hilkka Riihivuori-Kuntola
Bronze: TCH Květa Jeriová

Summary

The defending champion, Finland’s Helena Takalo, had repeated her 5 km victory in the 1978 World Championships, and another veteran, the queen of the 1972 games, Galina Kulakova, now 37, was still among the favorites, placing fourth in the 1978 World Championships and beating all her younger rivals in 10 km at the 1979 Holmenkollen. However, their younger teammates Hilkka Riihivuori and Raisa Smetanina had shown good form recently and were also considered among the favorites. First of the favorites to finish was Kulakova as start #9, taking a clear lead. But a few minutes later, Nina Baldycheva, the bronze medalist from 1976, beat her teammate by just 55 seconds. Next to challenge the Soviets was Riihivuori. The 27-year old Finn, competing in 1972 and 1976 under her maiden name Kuntola, finished in splendid style and took over the lead, 17 seconds ahead of the two Soviet skiers. Next to finish was the young Czechoslovak Květa Jeriová, who had her international breakthrough at Holmenkollen in 1979 by finishing second, only 0.7 seconds behind the winner Smetanina. She finished five seconds ahead of the Soviet duo, now lying second after Riihivuori. Barbara Petzold from East Germany, then challenged Jeriová’s second place, but missed out by the tiny margin of 0.18 seconds. Last of the favorites to finish was Smetanina. The double 1976 Olympic champion skied well, beating Riihivuori by five seconds and collected her third Olympic gold medal. Jeriová secured Czechoslovakia’s second cross-country medal, copying Helena Šikolová’s bronze medal at the same distance eight years earlier.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Raisa Smetanina 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 15:06.92
2 Hilkka Riihivuori-Kuntola 27 Finland FIN Silver 15:11.96
3 Květa Jeriová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 15:23.44
4 Barbara Petzold 24 East Germany GDR 15:23.62
5 Nina Fyodorova-Baldycheva 32 Soviet Union URS 15:29.03
6 Galina Kulakova 37 Soviet Union URS 15:29.58
7 Veronika Hesse-Schmidt 27 East Germany GDR 15:31.83
8 Helena Kivioja-Takalo 32 Finland FIN 15:32.12
9 Marlies Rostock 19 East Germany GDR 15:36.28
10 Lena Carlzon-Lundbäck 25 Sweden SWE 15:43.04
11 Marie Johansson-Risby 24 Sweden SWE 15:47.19
12 Eva Olsson 28 Sweden SWE 15:48.59
13 Dagmar Palečková-Švubová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 15:48.78
14 Berit Aunli-Kvello 23 Norway NOR 15:48.93
15 Nina Rocheva 31 Soviet Union URS 15:50.39
16 Ute Nestler 19 East Germany GDR 15:53.38
17 Karin Lamberg-Skog 19 Sweden SWE 15:55.07
18 Marit Myrmæl 26 Norway NOR 15:58.11
19 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen 24 Finland FIN 15:58.27
20 Gabriela Svobodová-Sekajová 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 16:01.41
21 Brit Pettersen 18 Norway NOR 16:03.58
22 Alison Owen-Spencer 27 United States USA 16:05.04
23 Evi Kratzer 19 Switzerland SUI 16:14.34
24 Anette Bøe 22 Norway NOR 16:17.35
25 Marja Auroma 30 Finland FIN 16:18.44
26 Beth Paxson 20 United States USA 16:20.93
27 Joan Groothuysen 22 Canada CAN 16:23.25
28 Shirley Firth 26 Canada CAN 16:23.40
29 Angela Schmidt-Foster 20 Canada CAN 16:28.87
30 Blanka Paulů 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 16:30.04
31 Susi Riermeier 19 West Germany FRG 16:31.07
32 Karin Jäger 18 West Germany FRG 16:38.47
33 Leslie Bancroft-Krichko 20 United States USA 16:39.71
34 Cornelia Thomas 19 Switzerland SUI 16:43.85
35 Sharon Firth 26 Canada CAN 16:54.66
36 Colleen Bolton 22 Australia AUS 17:22.68
37 Betsy Haines 19 United States USA 17:27.75
38 Ren Guiping 19 China CHN 19:01.74