Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 25, 1994
Date Finished: February 25, 1994
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
The event was expanded to 4 x 7.5 km, as it had been 3 x 7.5 km in 1992 at Albertville. This was expected to be a battle between the Germans and the Russians. Also expected to challenge for medals were the Czech Republic, the 1993 World Champions, and the defending champions France, second at the 1993 Worlds. And for the first two legs, the chalk looked good, as Germany led the opening leg, followed by Russia, and they pulled further ahead on the second leg, leading Russia by 1:11.2 at the second exchange. But on the third leg German [Simone Greiner-Petter-Memm] missed six of her 10 targets, and 12 of 16 shots overall, and was forced to ski 900 metres in penalty loops, posting a time of 30:43.1, slowest by any biathlete on the top seven teams. This dropped Germany to third, but over 2½ minutes behind Russia, and the gold medal chase was over. Russia won by almost four minutes, while Germany pulled back some time on the anchor leg to get the silver medal, over a minute ahead of France.