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Cross Country Skiing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Men's 15 kilometres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Date Started: February 19, 1988
Date Finished: February 19, 1988

Gold: URS Mikhail Devyatyarov
Silver: NOR Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass
Bronze: URS Vladimir Smirnov

Summary

The defending champion was Sweden’s Gunde Svan who was leading the World Cup standings in 1987-88 and would win the title that season. The 1987 World Champion had been Italy’s Marco Albarello. The early leader was Norwegian Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass who posted 41:33.4 off the 29th start position. This held up for a long time. Soviet skier Vladimir Smirnov was ahead of the pace through the first two checkpoints, but fell back to 41:48.5 at the finish. Albarello started 61st but was never on pace for a medal and would eventually finish ninth. Svan was near the end, starting 84th, but he had wax problems and never came near the leading times, finishing 13th. Mikhail Devyatyarov started two spots later. At 4.6 km he was slightly behind Smirnov’s pace, but behind Mikkelsplass, but at 9.8 km, he was three seconds clear and he would only increase his margin throughout, winning in 41:18.9. Devyatyarov had won a bronze medal in this event at the 1987 World Championships and the relay but this was the highlight of his career. The 1989 World Championships would be won by Gunde Svan. This distance was not held again until 2002, going off the Olympic Program in favor of a 10 km race. The 83rd finisher was Fiji’s Rusiate Rogoyawa who learned to ski while studying electrical engineering in Norway. He did manage to beat two other finishers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Mikhail Devyatyarov 28 Soviet Union URS Gold 41:18.9 13:08.5 2 28:26.2 1
2 Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass 26 Norway NOR Silver 41:33.4 13:09.3 3 28:29.9 3
3 Vladimir Smirnov 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze 41:48.5 13:06.1 1 28:29.6 2
4 Oddvar Brå 36 Norway NOR 42:17.3 13:18.0 5 29:04.6 =5
5 Uwe Bellmann 25 East Germany GDR 42:17.8 13:31.2 15 29:09.3 8
6 Maurilio De Zolt 37 Italy ITA 42:31.2 13:31.6 16 29:11.1 9
7 Vegard Ulvang 24 Norway NOR 42:31.5 13:26.7 12 29:11.9 10
8 Harri Kirvesniemi 29 Finland FIN 42:42.8 13:25.7 11 29:02.8 4
9 Marco Albarello 27 Italy ITA 42:48.6 13:19.3 6 29:17.1 11
10 Giorgio Vanzetta 28 Italy ITA 42:49.6 13:13.4 4 29:04.6 =5
11 Christer Majbäck 24 Sweden SWE 42:58.6 13:28.3 13 29:08.9 7
12 Terje Langli 23 Norway NOR 42:59.3 13:36.9 18 29:47.8 18
13 Gunde Svan 26 Sweden SWE 43:07.3 13:44.4 26 29:35.0 15
14 Gianfranco Polvara 30 Italy ITA 43:08.3 13:22.6 8 29:35.7 16
15 Oleksandr Batiuk 28 Soviet Union URS 43:08.7 13:31.0 14 29:22.2 12
16 Jan Ottosson 27 Sweden SWE 43:18.1 13:21.1 7 29:33.3 14
17 Pierre Harvey 30 Canada CAN 43:22.0 13:25.6 10 29:28.4 13
18 Aleksey Prokurorov 23 Soviet Union URS 43:36.9 13:35.0 17 29:37.4 17
19 Ladislav Švanda 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 43:40.9 13:40.7 21 30:00.3 21
20 Aki Karvonen 30 Finland FIN 43:54.5 13:47.7 27 30:06.5 23
21 Holger Bauroth 23 East Germany GDR 43:59.2 13:38.3 19 30:02.1 22
22 Jürg Capol 22 Switzerland SUI 43:59.5 13:41.5 22 29:58.1 19
23 Jochen Behle 27 West Germany FRG 43:59.7 13:23.2 9 29:59.8 20
24 Torgny Mogren 24 Sweden SWE 44:12.1 13:42.4 23 30:09.8 24
25 Jari Laukkanen 25 Finland FIN 44:22.0 13:59.6 31 30:22.7 25
26 Jean-Luc Thomas 25 France FRA 44:26.5 14:05.4 36 30:36.4 28
27 Walter Kuß 22 West Germany FRG 44:29.0 13:58.8 30 30:27.4 26
28 Václav Korunka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 44:47.6 13:54.7 28 30:46.4 29
29 Dan Simoneau 29 United States USA 44:53.8 13:38.8 20 30:35.8 27
30 Jari Räsänen 22 Finland FIN 45:04.5 13:56.5 29 31:02.8 33
31 Alois Schwarz 22 Austria AUT 45:06.9 14:01.8 32 30:52.3 30
32 André Blatter 22 Austria AUT 45:15.2 13:43.8 25 31:15.2 36
33 Chris Heberle 22 Australia AUS 45:19.5 14:15.6 39 31:21.5 39
34 Yves Bilodeau 26 Canada CAN 45:26.6 14:17.9 =40 31:18.7 37
35 Andi Grünenfelder 27 Switzerland SUI 45:35.5 14:02.8 33 31:06.5 34
36 Alois Stadlober 25 Austria AUT 45:38.5 14:07.9 37 30:56.8 =31
37 Patrick Remy 22 France FRA 45:45.3 14:25.5 46 31:31.7 42
38 John Spotswood 27 Great Britain GBR 45:47.3 14:20.2 43 31:20.5 38
39 Janež Kršinar 25 Yugoslavia YUG 45:54.8 14:24.8 45 31:24.1 40
40 Bill Spencer 31 United States USA 45:59.6 14:29.7 48 31:38.7 43
41 Pavel Benc 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 46:01.6 14:04.7 34 31:08.5 35
42 Johann Standmann 24 Austria AUT 46:04.1 14:17.9 =40 31:39.5 44
43 Martin Petrásek 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 46:07.8 14:04.9 35 30:56.8 =31
44 Sašo Grajf 22 Yugoslavia YUG 46:12.3 14:11.2 38 31:49.1 49
45 Kazunari Sasaki 25 Japan JPN 46:12.6 13:42.5 24 31:44.2 =45
46 Al Pilcher 18 Canada CAN 46:21.1 14:44.6 55 31:44.2 =45
47 Dennis Lawrence 22 Canada CAN 46:26.3 14:25.6 47 31:55.1 50
48 Guy Balland 27 France FRA 46:36.9 14:33.7 50 31:48.1 48
49 Svetoslav Atanasov 27 Bulgaria BUL 46:43.0 14:44.3 54 32:15.5 52
50 Benjamin Eberle 24 Liechtenstein LIE 46:49.3 14:36.6 52 31:47.1 47
51 Patrick Hasler 40 Liechtenstein LIE 47:07.3 14:35.6 51 32:22.1 53
52 Tanayuki Yuki 27 Japan JPN 47:08.4 14:47.4 56 32:05.0 51
53 Todd Boonstra 25 United States USA 47:21.8 14:18.5 42 31:26.0 41
54 Park Ki-Ho 23 South Korea KOR 47:44.3 15:12.9 62 33:04.0 58
55 Todor Makhov 26 Bulgaria BUL 47:47.5 14:43.6 53 33:05.5 59
56 Claude Pierrat 24 France FRA 47:54.3 14:48.9 57 32:49.4 54
57 Gábor Mayer 29 Hungary HUN 47:56.2 15:02.1 59 32:56.1 55
58 Joe Galanes 22 United States USA 48:05.2 14:20.7 44 33:02.6 57
59 Jun Jeung-Hae 23 South Korea KOR 48:22.3 15:20.2 66 33:01.5 56
60 Patrick Winterton 26 Great Britain GBR 48:36.0 15:08.7 61 33:06.9 60
61 Jordi Ribó 20 Spain ESP 48:40.7 14:29.8 49 33:10.3 61
62 Ziitsagaany Ganbat 20 Mongolia MGL 48:48.9 15:04.2 60 33:26.8 65
63 José Giro 32 Spain ESP 48:54.2 15:30.4 67 33:18.3 63
64 Mano Ketenzhiev 24 Bulgaria BUL 48:54.7 15:20.0 65 33:17.8 62
65 Marty Watkins 26 Great Britain GBR 49:16.6 15:01.4 58 33:36.4 66
66 Khristos Titas 19 Greece GRE 49:48.6 15:53.2 72 34:10.2 69
67 Atanas Simidchiev 24 Bulgaria BUL 49:53.6 15:15.8 63 33:19.3 64
68 Masaharu Yamazaki 19 Japan JPN 50:06.8 15:19.7 64 34:09.2 68
69 Dambajantsagiin Battulga 20 Mongolia MGL 50:09.4 15:57.0 73 35:08.1 73
70 David Hislop 29 Australia AUS 50:19.8 15:34.4 69 34:29.7 70
71 Hong Kun-Pyo 22 South Korea KOR 50:21.4 15:31.2 68 33:50.8 67
72 Thanasis Tsakiris 23 Greece GRE 50:34.4 15:50.6 71 34:54.8 71
73 Ron Howden 20 Great Britain GBR 50:47.4 16:04.4 74 35:16.1 74
74 Zhao Jun 20 China CHN 50:55.2 16:14.5 76 35:06.7 72
75 Cho Sung-Hoon 23 South Korea KOR 51:31.1 15:42.5 70 35:28.5 76
76 Saim Koca 22 Turkey TUR 51:36.6 16:19.0 78 35:22.5 75
77 Abdullah Yılmaz 26 Turkey TUR 51:54.6 16:09.1 75 35:44.8 77
78 Fikret Ören 18 Turkey TUR 52:05.1 16:26.2 79 35:55.9 78
79 Erhan Dursun 26 Turkey TUR 52:18.3 16:42.4 80 36:39.1 80
80 Dag Burgos 21 Guatemala GUA 53:00.8 16:18.2 77 36:28.9 79
81 Ricardo Burgos 22 Guatemala GUA 55:16.3 17:11.2 81 37:42.8 81
82 Arturo Kinch 31 Costa Rica CRC 59:37.9 18:45.1 82 40:33.4 82
83 Rusiate Rogoyawa 26 Fiji FIJ 1-01:26.3 19:47.0 84 42:48.8 84
84 Roberto Alvárez 28 Mexico MEX 1-01:26.4 19:40.7 83 42:26.5 83
85 Andrea Sammaritani 30 San Marino SMR 1-02:58.1 20:16.8 85 44:22.2 85
AC Konrad Hallenbarter 34 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Giachem Guidon 26 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Julio Moreschi 24 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Nikos Anastasiadis 21 Greece GRE DNF
AC Konstantin Ritter 23 Liechtenstein LIE DNF