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.
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.