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Cross Country Skiing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Date Started: February 14, 1988
Date Finished: February 14, 1988

Gold: URS Vida Vencienė
Silver: URS Raisa Smetanina
Bronze: FIN Marjo Matikainen

Summary

The favorite was Marjo Matikainen, who would later win the 5 km gold medal in Calgary. She had won the last two World Cups, was leading the 1987-88 season, and had won a silver in this event at the 1987 World Championship. The 1987 World Champion was Norway’s Anne Jahren but she would finish only 16th in Calgary. The leader at the first two checkpoints was venerable Soviet skier Raisa Smetanina. Matikainen was only 11th at 4.6 km but would move up to third at 7.3 km. Smetanina could not close and would be outrun by her teammate, Vida Vencienė, who won by 8.7 seconds, after narrowly trailing at the 7.3 time check. Matikainen posted the fastest time for the finishing 2.7 km but could only get a bronze medal. Calgary was the end of the line for Smetanina, who closed out a remarkable career. She won two medals in Calgary, adding a bronze in the 20 km, for a total of 10 Olympic medals, with four golds. She also won 12 medals at World Championships, with four full sets. Vencienė competed for her native Lithuania at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, but with less success. Four of the top five finishers were from the Soviet Union. The 10 km would drop off the Olympic Program, being replaced by a 15 km event in 1992-1998, but it would return in 2002.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Vida Vencienė 26 Soviet Union URS Gold 30:08.3 15:13.7 3 22:27.6 2
2 Raisa Smetanina 35 Soviet Union URS Silver 30:17.0 15:00.1 1 22:27.4 1
3 Marjo Matikainen 23 Finland FIN Bronze 30:20.5 15:31.5 11 22:50.3 3
4 Svetlana Nageykina 23 Soviet Union URS 30:26.5 15:18.8 6 22:51.2 4
5 Tamara Tikhonova 23 Soviet Union URS 30:38.9 15:26.2 8 22:55.5 7
6 Inger Helene Nybråten 27 Norway NOR 30:51.7 15:16.5 5 22:53.8 6
7 Pirkko Määttä 28 Finland FIN 30:52.4 15:29.4 10 23:02.2 9
8 Marie-Helene Westin-Östlund 21 Sweden SWE 30:53.5 15:10.5 2 22:57.1 8
9 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen 32 Finland FIN 30:57.0 15:14.1 4 22:52.4 5
10 Simone Opitz 24 East Germany GDR 31:14.3 15:24.8 7 23:06.5 10
11T Evi Kratzer 27 Switzerland SUI 31:16.7 15:28.4 9 23:14.1 11
11T Guidina Dal Sasso 30 Italy ITA 31:16.7 15:45.9 18 23:20.6 12
13 Anna-Lena Fritzon 22 Sweden SWE 31:19.3 15:40.0 14 23:23.0 14
14 Brit Pettersen 26 Norway NOR 31:20.5 15:49.1 20 23:22.8 13
15 Marit Wold-Mikkelsplass 22 Norway NOR 31:31.6 15:43.6 16 23:32.7 18
16 Anne Jahren 24 Norway NOR 31:34.1 15:31.8 12 23:23.3 15
17 Bice Vanzetta 26 Italy ITA 31:34.5 15:44.5 17 23:28.2 16
18 Christina Gilli-Brügger 31 Switzerland SUI 31:37.4 15:41.0 15 23:28.7 17
19 Stefania Belmondo 19 Italy ITA 31:47.2 15:46.4 19 23:36.9 19
20 Manuela Di Centa 25 Italy ITA 31:50.2 15:52.5 21 23:40.4 20
21 Simone Greiner-Petter-Memm 20 East Germany GDR 31:53.0 16:25.3 28 24:02.1 25
22 Karin Svingstedt 23 Sweden SWE 31:57.0 16:00.8 24 23:51.4 =22
23 Susann Kuhfittig 22 East Germany GDR 32:01.5 15:56.9 23 23:54.1 24
24 Karin Jäger 26 West Germany FRG 32:09.5 15:54.1 22 23:51.4 =22
25 Kerstin Moring 24 East Germany GDR 32:12.8 15:38.8 13 23:46.0 21
26 Cornelia Sulzer 24 Austria AUT 32:17.1 16:19.0 27 24:04.0 26
27 Ľubomíra Balážová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 32:30.3 16:09.3 25 24:18.1 28
28 Annika Dahlman 24 Sweden SWE 32:31.4 16:11.9 26 24:08.1 27
29 Tuulikki Pyykkönen 24 Finland FIN 32:37.7 16:46.4 34 24:31.4 29
30 Lorna Sasseville 27 Canada CAN 32:49.7 16:52.5 36 24:40.4 31
31 Alžbeta Havrančíková 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 32:59.1 16:38.6 32 24:46.3 34
32 Sandra Parpan 20 Switzerland SUI 33:02.0 16:44.1 33 24:39.5 30
33 Carol Gibson 23 Canada CAN 33:03.9 16:38.2 31 24:44.0 33
34 Margot Kober 22 Austria AUT 33:22.2 16:52.9 37 24:58.3 36
35 Viera Klimková 30 Czechoslovakia TCH 33:23.0 16:35.6 30 24:49.3 35
36 Leslie Bancroft-Krichko 28 United States USA 33:25.1 16:27.7 29 24:41.9 32
37 Marie-Andrée Masson 24 Canada CAN 33:35.6 17:03.0 39 25:15.5 38
38 Angela Schmidt-Foster 28 Canada CAN 33:45.9 16:52.1 35 25:09.3 37
39 Rodica Drăguş 23 Romania ROU 33:51.4 16:57.4 38 25:15.9 39
40 Dorcas DenHartog-Wonsavage 23 United States USA 34:26.1 17:36.7 42 25:48.6 40
41 Nancy Fiddler 31 United States USA 34:31.1 17:21.8 40 25:50.8 41
42 Hildegard Embacher 20 Austria AUT 34:53.2 17:30.7 41 26:10.7 43
43 Marianne Irniger 21 Switzerland SUI 34:58.3 17:36.8 43 26:08.5 42
44 Sonja Bilgeri 23 West Germany FRG 35:07.0 17:51.5 45 26:27.7 45
45 Leslie Thompson 24 United States USA 35:17.7 17:48.6 44 26:26.0 44
46 Piroska Abos 25 Spain ESP 35:17.8 17:58.5 46 26:31.0 46
47 Adina Ţuţulan-Şotropa 18 Romania ROU 35:31.1 18:11.9 47 26:39.0 47
48 Enkhee Davaagiin 23 Mongolia MGL 35:40.8 18:18.1 48 26:46.7 48
49 Louise McKenzie 23 Great Britain GBR 36:58.7 18:24.9 49 27:42.9 49
50 Jean Watson 27 Great Britain GBR 37:54.0 19:06.8 50 28:07.4 50
51 Wang Jinfen 18 China CHN 38:47.7 19:42.4 51 29:10.5 51
AC Maria Theurl 21 Austria AUT DNF