Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Date Started: February 21, 1988
Date Finished: February 21, 1988
The only question was the margin of victory for the Soviet Union women. In the three individual events in Calgary, they won seven of the nine medals, sweeping all the medals in 20 km, and had four of the top five finishers in the 10 km. Their team had won the World Championship relay in 1985 and 1987. Their opening skier was Svetlana Nageykina who opened a 13.9 second lead over East Germany. On the second leg, Nina Gavrylyuk increased the lead to 35.8 seconds, East Germany still in second. But the race was over. Finland would move into second at the final exchange, trailing the Soviets by well over a minute, with Norway third. On the final leg, Marianne Dahlmo would outski Finland’s Jaana Savolainen by over 32 seconds, bringing Norway a comfortable silver medal, although Finland held on for bronze, and would win the event at the 1989 World Championships. For the Soviet Union, it was their fourth gold medal in the event in their ninth, and with the dissolution of the country in 1991, final try at the relay.