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Cross Country Skiing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's 5 kilometres

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Date Started: February 17, 1988
Date Finished: February 17, 1988

Gold: FIN Marjo Matikainen
Silver: URS Tamara Tikhonova
Bronze: URS Vida Vencienė

Summary

Finland’s Marjo Matikainen was favored, having won the 1987 World Championship, the last two seasonal World Cups, and she was leading the 1987-88 World Cup chase. She trailed at the 3.1 km checkpoint, where the leader was her teammate, Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen, who was the defending champion and had won all three individual gold medals in Sarajevo. But Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen struggled in the final two kilometers, posting only the sixth fastest finishing split, and Matikainen won a narrow victory over Soviet Tamara Tikhonova, who was one second behind Matikainen at 3.1 km and could not make up the deficit. The fastest finisher was Norway’s Inger Helene Nybråten, but she had started poorly, only equal eleventh at the first time check, and would finish sixth. This was Matikainen’s final season. She retired to study engineering and would later, in 1999, be elected to the European Parliament. The bronze medal went to Vida Vencienė, who had already won gold in Calgary in the 10 km.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Marjo Matikainen 23 Finland FIN Gold 15:04.0 9:33.2 2
2 Tamara Tikhonova 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 15:05.3 9:34.2 3
3 Vida Vencienė 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze 15:11.1 9:36.4 5
4 Anne Jahren 24 Norway NOR 15:12.6 9:34.6 4
5 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen 32 Finland FIN 15:16.7 9:31.2 1
6 Inger Helene Nybråten 27 Norway NOR 15:17.7 9:47.7 =11
7 Marie-Helene Westin-Östlund 21 Sweden SWE 15:28.9 9:40.6 7
8 Svetlana Nageykina 23 Soviet Union URS 15:29.9 9:42.1 8
9 Marianne Dahlmo 23 Norway NOR 15:30.4 9:37.7 6
10 Raisa Smetanina 35 Soviet Union URS 15:35.9 9:47.9 13
11 Brit Pettersen 26 Norway NOR 15:36.7 9:47.7 =11
12 Tuulikki Pyykkönen 24 Finland FIN 15:38.1 9:49.2 14
13 Simone Opitz 24 East Germany GDR 15:41.1 9:43.8 9
14 Evi Kratzer 27 Switzerland SUI 15:42.8 9:50.5 15
15 Christina Gilli-Brügger 31 Switzerland SUI 15:44.5 9:47.4 10
16 Pirkko Määttä 28 Finland FIN 15:51.8 9:57.7 16
17 Anna-Lena Fritzon 22 Sweden SWE 15:55.6 10:00.2 17
18 Manuela Di Centa 25 Italy ITA 15:57.2 10:02.7 18
19 Kerstin Moring 24 East Germany GDR 16:01.6 10:09.8 20
20 Cornelia Sulzer 24 Austria AUT 16:09.7 10:10.9 22
21 Marie Johansson 24 Sweden SWE 16:12.1 10:10.2 21
22 Viera Klimková 30 Czechoslovakia TCH 16:14.1 10:03.0 19
23 Karin Svingstedt 23 Sweden SWE 16:15.0 10:18.9 26
24 Klara Angerer 23 Italy ITA 16:20.4 10:11.8 23
25 Silke Braun-Schwager 18 East Germany GDR 16:22.5 10:17.1 25
26 Lorna Sasseville 27 Canada CAN 16:23.3 10:21.5 28
27 Guidina Dal Sasso 30 Italy ITA 16:26.4 10:21.6 29
28 Karin Jäger 26 West Germany FRG 16:28.0 10:13.0 24
29 Alžbeta Havrančíková 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 16:28.3 10:23.4 31
30 Ľubomíra Balážová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 16:30.9 10:19.8 27
31 Leslie Bancroft-Krichko 28 United States USA 16:31.1 10:25.4 32
32 Angela Schmidt-Foster 28 Canada CAN 16:32.5 10:23.0 30
33 Carol Gibson 23 Canada CAN 16:35.2 10:32.5 38
34 Maria Theurl 21 Austria AUT 16:36.7 10:27.4 34
35 Marianne Irniger 21 Switzerland SUI 16:37.5 10:31.6 36
36 Margot Kober 22 Austria AUT 16:39.2 10:26.0 33
37 Susann Kuhfittig 22 East Germany GDR 16:41.9 10:28.3 35
38 Ivana Rádlová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 16:43.6 10:32.3 37
39 Leslie Thompson 24 United States USA 16:58.5 10:34.0 39
40 Karin Thomas 26 Switzerland SUI 17:04.1 10:39.3 42
41 Nancy Fiddler 31 United States USA 17:05.4 10:46.9 44
42 Gabriella Carrel 21 Italy ITA 17:08.8 10:49.8 45
43 Stefanie Birkelbach 20 West Germany FRG 17:09.1 10:37.8 40
44 Birgit Kohlrusch 22 West Germany FRG 17:10.3 10:44.4 43
45 Hildegard Embacher 20 Austria AUT 17:18.6 10:38.6 41
46 Jean McAllister 23 Canada CAN 17:32.4 11:02.0 47
47 Betsy Youngman 28 United States USA 17:32.6 11:09.1 48
48 Sonja Bilgeri 23 West Germany FRG 17:33.2 10:58.6 46
49 Piroska Abos 25 Spain ESP 17:41.6 11:11.6 49
50 Enkhee Davaagiin 23 Mongolia MGL 18:02.2 11:18.0 50
51 Mihaela Cârstoi 17 Romania ROU 18:21.6 11:23.7 51
52 Louise McKenzie 23 Great Britain GBR 18:41.8 11:38.5 52
53 Jean Watson 27 Great Britain GBR 18:54.1 11:49.2 53
AC Ileana Ianoşiu-Hangan 19 Romania ROU DNF
AC Wang Jinfen 18 China CHN DNF