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Biathlon at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Women's 7.5 kilometres Sprint

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 23, 1994
Date Finished: February 23, 1994
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: CAN Myriam Bédard
Silver: BLR Svetlana Paramygina
Bronze: UKR Valentyna Tserbe-Nessina

Summary

The early leader was Ukrainian Valentyna Tserbe-Nessina, who started 10th and shot cleanly for a perfect series, finishing in 26:10.0. Her time held up until the 55th starter came into the stadium, Svetlana Paramygina, who was leading the seasonal World Cup. Paramygina narrowly edged out Tserbe-Nessina, finishing in 26:09.9, although she had missed two targets early in her race. Canadian Myriam Bédard, the 1993 World Champion in the event, started right after Paramygina, and later entered the stadium with almost the same time as the two leaders. But Bédard finished strongly and crossed the line in 26:08.8, despite her two missed targets during the race. With the drama seemingly played out, the 62nd starter, Kazakhstan’s Inna Sheshkil came into the stadium, on the same pace as the leaders. But struggling from fatigue, she fell only two metres from the line, and although she got up and finished, she was 3.9 seconds out of the medals.

This was Bédard’s second gold medal in Lillehammer as she had already won the 15 km individual race. Her life after biathlon was not as easy for her. She first tried to switch to speed skating, without success. In 2002, while working in marketing with Via Rail, she raised concerns about the company’s financial dealings. She would later claim that, because of this, she was forced to leave that job. This would only become known in 2004 during the sponsorship scandal which occurred after Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien left office. She would later make headlines in December 2006 when she was arrested in Maryland, was charged with illegally spiriting her daughter out of Canada, violating a custody agreement she had with her ex-husband, and would be sentenced to two years probation.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S2M
1 Myriam Bédard 24 Canada CAN Gold 26:08.8 2 0 2
2 Svetlana Paramygina 28 Belarus BLR Silver 26:09.9 2 2 0
3 Valentyna Tserbe-Nessina 25 Ukraine UKR Bronze 26:10.0 0 0 0
4 Inna Sheshkil 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 26:13.9 2 0 2
5 Petra Behle-Schaaf 25 Germany GER 26:33.6 2 2 0
6 Irina Kokuyeva 20 Belarus BLR 26:38.4 2 0 2
7 Nathalie Santer 21 Italy ITA 26:38.8 3 1 2
8 Simone Greiner-Petter-Memm 26 Germany GER 26:46.5 3 3 0
9 Eva Háková 24 Czech Republic CZE 26:48.2 1 1 0
10 Elin Kristiansen 25 Norway NOR 26:53.5 0 0 0
11 Iva Karagiozova-Shkodreva 22 Bulgaria BUL 27:00.6 0 0 0
12 Soňa Mihoková 22 Slovakia SVK 27:03.8 2 1 1
13 Uschi Disl 23 Germany GER 27:04.1 2 1 1
14 Yelena Zubrilova-Ogurtsova 20 Ukraine UKR 27:06.8 2 1 1
15 Martina Jašicová-Schwarzbacherová-Halinárová 20 Slovakia SVK 27:11.6 2 1 1
16 Mari Lampinen 22 Finland FIN 27:14.5 2 2 0
17 Ann Elen Skjelbreid 22 Norway NOR 27:17.7 1 0 1
18 Andreja Grašič 22 Slovenia SLO 27:17.9 3 2 1
19 Nadezhda Talanova 26 Russia RUS 27:18.1 2 1 1
20 Véronique Claudel 27 France FRA 27:28.2 1 1 0
21 Kerryn Pethybridge-Rim 31 Australia AUS 27:32.3 2 0 2
22 Annette Sikveland 21 Norway NOR 27:32.8 2 1 1
23 Song Aiqin 23 China CHN 27:33.5 1 0 1
24T Joan Smith 26 United States USA 27:39.1 2 0 2
24T Tuija Sikiö 24 Finland FIN 27:39.1 0 0 0
26 Antje Misersky-Harvey 26 Germany GER 27:46.5 3 0 3
27 Corinne Niogret 21 France FRA 27:48.1 3 2 1
28 Ieva Cederštrēma-Volfa 24 Latvia LAT 27:52.6 3 1 2
29 Ekaterina Dafovska 18 Bulgaria BUL 27:54.4 1 0 1
30 Anne Briand-Bouthiaux 25 France FRA 28:00.8 4 4 0
31 Eveli Peterson 26 Estonia EST 28:03.8 1 1 0
32 Anfisa Reztsova 29 Russia RUS 28:09.8 7 2 5
33 Maryna Skolota 30 Ukraine UKR 28:11.3 3 2 1
34 Iveta Knížková 26 Czech Republic CZE 28:18.3 3 1 2
35 Emmanuelle Claret 25 France FRA 28:19.7 5 1 4
36 Tuija Vuoksiala 32 Finland FIN 28:23.2 3 2 1
37 Lise Meloche 33 Canada CAN 28:25.0 1 1 0
38 Nataliya Permyakova 23 Belarus BLR 28:26.9 4 2 2
39 Luiza Noskova 25 Russia RUS 28:27.8 5 3 2
40 Sandra Paintin 30 Australia AUS 28:31.1 1 0 1
41 Wang Jinfen 24 China CHN 28:36.1 5 3 2
42 Lyubov Belyakova 26 Russia RUS 28:37.0 2 2 0
43 Ileana Ianoşiu-Hangan 25 Romania ROU 28:37.1 2 1 1
44 Yoshiko Honda-Mikami 27 Japan JPN 28:37.3 2 1 1
45 Gillian Hamilton 24 Canada CAN 28:43.0 2 0 2
46 Anna Bozsik 28 Hungary HUN 29:04.4 2 0 2
47 Hildegunn Fossen 24 Norway NOR 29:16.2 4 2 2
48 Kazimiera Strolienė 33 Lithuania LTU 29:16.6 4 2 2
49 Jiřína Adamičková-Pelcová 24 Czech Republic CZE 29:23.0 3 0 3
50 Lyudmila Lysenko 20 Belarus BLR 29:23.9 3 2 1
51 Beth Coats 27 United States USA 29:24.3 3 3 0
52T Mariya Manolova 30 Bulgaria BUL 29:26.7 2 0 2
52T Joan Guetschow 27 United States USA 29:26.7 4 1 3
54 María Giro 22 Argentina ARG 29:31.9 1 0 1
55 Adina Ţuţulan-Şotropa 24 Romania ROU 29:34.8 3 2 1
56 Jelena Poljakova-Všivtseva 21 Estonia EST 29:35.3 3 3 0
57 Halina Pitoń 21 Poland POL 29:39.2 4 2 2
58 Krista Lepik 29 Estonia EST 29:40.1 5 2 3
59 Catarina Eklund 24 Sweden SWE 29:44.6 2 2 0
60 Eva-Karin Westin 21 Sweden SWE 29:50.4 2 2 0
61 Pirjo Aalto 32 Finland FIN 29:59.2 3 0 3
62 Anna Stera-Kustucz 19 Poland POL 30:04.5 3 2 1
63 Gabriela Suvová 22 Czech Republic CZE 30:25.8 4 2 2
64 Mary Ostergren 33 United States USA 30:35.6 4 3 1
65 Brigitta Bereczki 27 Hungary HUN 30:42.4 4 0 4
66 Yevgeniya Roppel 17 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 31:08.0 3 1 2
67 Christina Eklund 24 Sweden SWE 31:10.0 5 4 1
68 Zofia Kiełpińska 33 Poland POL 31:11.1 7 4 3
69 Elena Gorohova 21 Moldova MDA 35:04.1 7 4 3