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Cross Country Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 15 kilometres

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): , Les Saisies
Date Started: February 9, 1992
Date Finished: February 9, 1992

Gold: EUN Lyubov Yegorova
Silver: FIN Marjut Rolig-Lukkarinen
Bronze: EUN Yelena Välbe

Summary

The 15 km was contested for the first time at the Winter Olympics, as the women had previously contested an intermediate distance race of 10 km. The event had been held twice at the World Championships, won in 1989 by Marjo Matikainen and in 1991 by Yelena Välbe, who would win again in 1993. But in 1992 this race was dominated by Lyubov Yegorova. She posted the fastest time at each checkpoint, the fastest intermediate split, the fastest final split, and won the gold medal by 1:09.1 over Finland’s Marjut Lukkarinen. Lukkarinen was only fifth at the first and second time checks, but finished strongly for the silver medal. Välbe had started well, was second at 1.9 km, but dropped to fourth at 7.7 km, trailing Yegorovoa, Matikainen, and Stefania Belmondo, but Välbe finished quickly to move onto the podium.

This was Yegorova’s first Olympic medal, but she would win three golds and medal in every event in Albertville, and would return in 1994 to win three more golds and four medals at Lillehammer. Four days later Lukkarinen would win gold in the 5 km. Välbe might be considered the greatest ever female cross-country skier. She competed in three Winter Olympics (1992, 1994, 1998), and won seven Olympic medals with three golds, but never an individual gold. In Albertville she won a bronze in all four individual events, but added a gold in the relay. But at the World Championships and World Cup, she was unparalleled among women. She won 17 World Championship medals, including 14 golds, and in 1997, Välbe won gold medals in all five events on the schedule.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Lyubov Yegorova 25 Unified Team EUN Gold 42:20.8 5:41.3 1 22:39.4 1
2 Marjut Rolig-Lukkarinen 26 Finland FIN Silver 43:29.9 5:48.4 5 23:21.6 5
3 Yelena Välbe 23 Unified Team EUN Bronze 43:42.3 5:43.2 2 23:18.7 4
4 Raisa Smetanina 39 Unified Team EUN 44:01.5 5:45.2 4 23:28.8 6
5 Stefania Belmondo 23 Italy ITA 44:02.4 5:49.0 6 23:18.4 3
6 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen 36 Finland FIN 44:02.7 5:44.6 3 23:16.3 2
7 Inger Helene Nybråten 31 Norway NOR 44:18.6 6:00.1 17 23:50.2 8
8 Trude Dybendahl-Hartz 26 Norway NOR 44:31.5 6:03.0 20 23:56.8 11
9 Gabriella Paruzzi 22 Italy ITA 44:44.0 5:59.6 16 23:56.1 9
10 Marie-Helene Westin-Östlund 25 Sweden SWE 45:00.5 5:52.5 9 23:56.6 10
11 Vida Vencienė 30 Lithuania LTU 45:12.9 6:02.6 19 24:27.2 22
12 Nataliya Martynova 21 Unified Team EUN 45:16.1 6:00.4 18 24:17.5 16
13 Ľubomíra Balážová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 45:22.6 5:50.8 7 24:12.6 14
14 Kateřina Neumannová 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 45:28.6 5:53.9 =10 23:41.3 7
15 Manuela Oschmann 26 Germany GER 45:28.8 5:54.7 12 24:27.4 23
16 Sylvia Honegger 23 Switzerland SUI 45:33.7 5:53.9 =10 23:59.1 12
17 Pirkko Määttä 32 Finland FIN 45:40.5 5:56.9 13 24:16.4 15
18 Zora Simčáková 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 45:45.6 6:03.8 22 24:27.0 21
19 Heike Wezel 23 Germany GER 45:50.6 5:59.5 15 24:20.3 18
20 Solveig Pedersen 26 Norway NOR 45:51.3 6:04.2 =23 24:26.9 20
21 Inger Lise Hegge 27 Norway NOR 46:03.9 6:04.2 =23 24:26.2 19
22 Sirpa Ryhänen 25 Finland FIN 46:06.9 6:03.6 21 24:01.5 13
23 Carina Görlin 28 Sweden SWE 46:09.4 5:58.5 14 24:20.1 17
24 Bernadetta Bocek-Piotrowska 21 Poland POL 46:18.6 6:13.5 36 24:48.5 25
25 Natascia Leonardi Cortesi 20 Switzerland SUI 46:32.7 6:05.6 27 24:59.9 26
26 Magdalena Wallin-Forsberg 24 Sweden SWE 46:40.2 6:11.3 31 25:00.8 27
27 Nancy Fiddler 35 United States USA 46:42.4 6:04.4 25 24:39.3 24
28 Sylvie Giry-Rousset 26 France FRA 46:48.5 6:08.6 30 25:05.0 30
29 Angela Schmidt-Foster 32 Canada CAN 46:55.0 6:06.8 28 25:02.0 28
30 Li Gyong-Hui 24 North Korea PRK 47:10.5 6:24.0 40 25:18.5 32
31 Lis Frost 30 Sweden SWE 47:18.3 6:19.2 38 25:20.0 34
32 Carole Stanisière 21 France FRA 47:20.1 6:12.3 34 25:09.6 31
33 Anna Janoušková 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 47:29.3 6:11.5 32 25:30.8 35
34 Małgorzata Ruchała 31 Poland POL 47:36.3 5:52.1 8 25:02.2 29
35 Dorota Kwaśny 19 Poland POL 47:44.4 6:05.4 26 25:19.2 33
36 Brenda White 26 United States USA 48:06.0 6:11.6 33 25:39.5 37
37 Fumiko Aoki 25 Japan JPN 48:30.2 6:20.8 39 25:32.4 36
38 Katarzyna Popieluch 28 Poland POL 48:45.3 6:07.7 29 25:46.5 38
39 Piret Niglas 23 Estonia EST 48:58.4 6:12.9 35 26:14.7 41
40 Lorna Sasseville 31 Canada CAN 49:18.1 6:40.3 46 26:46.6 45
41 Sue Forbes 30 United States USA 49:42.7 6:14.0 37 26:11.5 39
42 Naomi Hoshikawa 22 Japan JPN 49:46.2 6:37.8 45 26:32.3 42
43 Rhonda DeLong 26 Canada CAN 49:49.7 6:31.1 42 26:11.8 40
44 Dorcas DenHartog-Wonsavage 27 United States USA 50:00.5 6:34.3 44 26:45.3 44
45 Reneta Bancheva 23 Bulgaria BUL 50:17.4 6:32.8 43 26:42.8 43
46 Gong Guiping 23 China CHN 50:56.3 6:26.4 41 27:25.3 47
47 Wang Yan 17 China CHN 50:57.3 6:49.5 48 27:10.1 46
48 Anna Bozsik 26 Hungary HUN 53:46.5 6:45.8 47 28:06.5 48
49 Inés Alder 21 Argentina ARG 54:26.9 7:07.0 49 29:04.2 49
50 Jenny Palacios-Stillo 31 Honduras HON 1-10:09.2 9:31.7 50 37:49.0 50
AC Miwa Ota 23 Japan JPN DNF
AC Bice Vanzetta 30 Italy ITA DNF
AC Silke Braun-Schwager 22 Switzerland SUI DNF