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Short Track Speed Skating at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 3,000 metres Relay

Short Track Speed Skating at the 1992 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

Events:

Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): Olympic Ice Hall, Albertville
Date Started: February 20, 1992
Date Finished: February 20, 1992
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final.

Gold: CAN Canada
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: EUN Unified Team

Summary

There was only one favourite for the inaugural short track relay gold: Canada. They had won the event at 11 out of 16 World Championships, including the most recent six. With [Sylvie Daigle] and [Nathalie Lambert] as members, the Canadians also possessed the strongest individual skaters of the pre-Olympic seasons. The only nation that could hope to challenge them was China, which had twice improved the World Record at the pre-Olympic test event, besting the North Americans.

But China eliminated itself from contention, as [Zhang Yanmei] crashed hard while enjoying a comfortable last lap lead in the semi-finals. With the Chinese out, Canada was joined by the United States, Japan and the Unified Team. As the Soviet Union, the latter team had been runner-up at the last World Championships, but they were not able to challenge the Canadians. The Canadians made it a tactical race, holding off the Americans for most of the race to win by the biggest margin of victory at Albertville, 1.23 seconds.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Canada CAN Gold
2 United States USA Silver
3 Unified Team EUN Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 France FRA 2 4:43.32
6 Netherlands NED 2 4:47.21
7 Italy ITA 1 4:47.31
8 China CHN 0 DQ