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Cross Country Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 14, 1994
Date Finished: February 14, 1994

Gold: NOR Thomas Alsgaard
Silver: NOR Bjørn Dæhlie
Bronze: FIN Mika Myllylä

Summary

The defending champion was Norway’s Vegard Ulvang while the 1993 World Champion was his teammate, who had been second in Albertville, Bjørn Dæhlie. Both had won three gold medals and four medals in Albertville, but Dæhlie was just starting his career and had by now surpassed his teammate. Ulvang had been second to him in the 1991-92 World Cup and third in the 1992-93 season. He was a three-time champion at Holmenkollen in the 50 km (1989, 1991-92), and he was renowned in Norway, having been chosen to speak the Oath of the Athletes at the Lillehammer Opening Ceremony, but the 1993-94 season had been difficult for him. In November 1993, Ulvang’s brother, Kjetil, had been skiing home when he got lost in a blinding snowstorm and disappeared. Over the next weeks and months, Vegard Ulvang stopped training and began looking for his brother. At one press conference before Lillehammer, his emotions burst forth when he tearfully told the press corps that after the Winter Olympics, he would go back to looking for Kjetil, “I will look for him and I will find him.” They did find Kjetil, but sadly at the bottom of a lake where he had apparently fallen in the blizzard conditions. Vegard Ulvang competed at Lillehammer but at less than his best, and was not entered in the 30 km.

But by 1994 Dæhlie was the best cross-country skier in the world and was expected to win this event, especially since it was in freestyle, his stronger style. He started well and led at all checkpoints as he went through, starting in the 60th spot. But a few starters later, Finland’s Mika Myllylä posted a faster time at the first checkpoint, but he would not be able to maintain that pace, eventually dropping back to third place and the bronze medal. But starting 69th was Dæhlie’s teammate, Thomas Alsgaard, who was only 22-years-old and had little international experience. He was seventh at the 1.7 km time check, but moved ahead at 7.1 km, and led the rest of the way to win a surprising gold medal by over 47 seconds ahead of his legendary teammate. It was the start of a great career for Alsgaard who would ski at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, winning gold medals in the pursuit and relay in both years.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R
1 Thomas Alsgaard 22 Norway NOR Gold 1-12:26.4 4:20.0 7 19:29.0 1 35:57.3 1 55:50.0 1
2 Bjørn Dæhlie 26 Norway NOR Silver 1-13:13.6 4:16.4 2 19:32.7 2 36:07.3 2 56:24.5 2
3 Mika Myllylä 24 Finland FIN Bronze 1-14:14.5 4:12.3 1 19:41.0 4 36:21.9 3 57:19.9 3
4 Mikhail Botvinov 26 Russia RUS 1-14:43.3 4:28.7 16 20:11.2 7 36:51.9 5 57:50.0 6
5 Maurilio De Zolt 43 Italy ITA 1-14:55.5 4:34.6 =24 20:36.0 15 37:22.9 10 57:49.4 5
6 Jari Isometsä 25 Finland FIN 1-15:12.5 4:16.7 3 20:04.9 5 36:58.0 6 58:02.5 7
7 Silvio Fauner 25 Italy ITA 1-15:27.7 4:19.6 6 20:19.5 10 37:38.6 12 58:30.1 9
8 Egil Kristiansen 28 Norway NOR 1-15:37.7 4:28.9 17 20:20.6 11 37:10.0 8 58:29.1 8
9 Johann Mühlegg 23 Germany GER 1-15:42.8 4:21.8 9 20:12.4 8 37:18.9 9 58:33.3 10
10 Vladimir Smirnov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-16:01.8 4:18.5 5 19:38.9 3 36:34.4 4 57:37.8 4
11 Jari Räsänen 28 Finland FIN 1-16:10.7 4:18.0 4 20:08.8 6 37:07.9 7 58:35.4 11
12 Henrik Forsberg 26 Sweden SWE 1-16:10.8 4:23.2 10 20:28.6 13 37:37.7 11 59:00.8 13
13 Jukka Hartonen 24 Finland FIN 1-16:18.7 4:21.2 8 20:18.7 9 37:42.1 13 58:57.1 12
14 Giorgio Vanzetta 34 Italy ITA 1-16:35.2 4:24.8 11 20:25.1 12 38:03.6 15 59:30.3 15
15 Gennady Lazutin 27 Russia RUS 1-16:45.9 4:26.0 12 20:33.6 14 37:47.6 14 59:15.9 14
16 Elmo Kassin 24 Estonia EST 1-17:37.7 4:35.1 26 21:01.4 21 38:19.3 17 1-00:16.9 18
17 Jiří Teplý 31 Czech Republic CZE 1-17:37.8 4:31.4 21 20:51.3 18 38:26.3 19 1-00:15.0 17
18 Kristen Skjeldal 26 Norway NOR 1-17:48.3 4:32.4 22 21:17.2 28 38:43.8 25 1-00:35.2 21
19 Mitsuo Horigome 19 Japan JPN 1-17:49.4 4:26.4 13 20:57.9 20 38:07.7 16 59:48.1 16
20 Hiroyuki Imai 23 Japan JPN 1-18:03.7 4:38.7 36 21:04.2 22 38:38.8 23 1-00:25.0 19
21 Markus Hasler 22 Liechtenstein LIE 1-18:18.7 4:28.4 15 21:08.6 25 38:43.6 24 1-00:47.6 24
22 Anders Bergström 25 Sweden SWE 1-18:22.2 4:32.6 23 21:04.8 23 38:33.3 21 1-00:31.9 20
23 Mathias Fredriksson 21 Sweden SWE 1-18:34.5 4:38.2 34 21:07.4 24 38:53.1 26 1-00:59.4 25
24 Torgny Mogren 30 Sweden SWE 1-18:41.3 4:28.3 14 20:47.9 16 38:20.3 18 1-00:40.9 23
25 Pavel Benc 30 Czech Republic CZE 1-18:49.5 4:37.3 31 21:10.9 26 39:07.0 28 1-01:13.9 28
26 Igor Badamshin 27 Russia RUS 1-18:49.9 4:30.8 19 20:50.5 17 38:32.5 20 1-00:37.2 22
27 Vyacheslav Plaksunov 25 Belarus BLR 1-18:57.7 4:30.6 18 21:11.7 27 39:12.4 30 1-01:10.6 27
28 Aleksey Prokurorov 29 Russia RUS 1-19:15.3 4:35.8 27 21:22.7 30 39:03.6 27 1-01:05.6 26
29 Jordi Ribó 26 Spain ESP 1-19:33.8 4:36.6 29 21:41.5 36 39:39.5 36 1-01:33.2 30
30 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 24 Spain ESP 1-19:47.3 4:37.8 33 21:24.7 31 39:27.0 32 1-01:55.1 32
31 Viktor Kamotsky 30 Belarus BLR 1-19:47.7 4:44.5 46 21:18.3 29 39:21.3 31 1-01:40.0 31
32 Cédric Vallet 22 France FRA 1-19:49.7 4:41.0 42 21:47.3 38 40:07.3 39 1-02:18.3 35
33 Janko Neuber 22 Germany GER 1-19:57.5 4:47.9 51 22:14.9 48 40:29.7 47 1-02:26.2 37
34 Ondrej Valenta 21 Czech Republic CZE 1-20:04.1 4:38.4 35 21:34.6 33 39:39.3 35 1-02:05.5 34
35 Peter Schlickenrieder 23 Germany GER 1-20:08.8 4:37.7 32 21:51.3 41 39:35.1 33 1-02:24.0 36
36 Luke Bodensteiner 23 United States USA 1-20:13.0 4:31.2 20 21:33.4 32 39:10.6 29 1-02:04.8 33
37 Sergey Dolidovich 20 Belarus BLR 1-20:36.5 4:43.7 44 22:05.0 =44 40:09.4 40 1-02:35.9 39
38 Daníel Jakobsson 20 Iceland ISL 1-20:43.5 4:39.5 37 21:43.7 37 39:46.0 38 1-02:47.6 40
39 Kazunari Sasaki 31 Japan JPN 1-20:52.1 4:40.0 38 20:54.5 19 38:37.7 22 1-01:29.8 29
40 Nikolay Ivanov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-20:53.9 4:46.2 48 21:54.8 42 40:27.0 46 1-02:35.3 38
41 Urmas Välbe 27 Estonia EST 1-21:02.5 4:40.5 40 21:50.4 40 39:43.5 37 1-02:51.9 41
42 Andrey Nevzorov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-21:14.5 4:48.0 52 22:16.6 49 40:43.3 50 1-03:09.6 43
43 John Aalberg 33 United States USA 1-21:45.1 4:34.6 =24 21:58.3 43 40:18.2 42 1-03:24.8 45
44 Siniša Vukonić 22 Croatia CRO 1-21:57.2 4:48.8 54 22:05.0 =44 40:24.0 43 1-03:22.2 44
45 Carl Swenson 23 United States USA 1-22:08.6 4:36.2 28 22:19.9 50 40:50.8 51 1-04:08.2 49
46 Giachem Guidon 32 Switzerland SUI 1-22:21.0 4:37.0 30 21:37.8 35 39:38.1 34 1-02:53.8 42
47 Michael Binzer 25 Denmark DEN 1-22:23.1 4:59.3 66 22:24.8 52 40:59.4 52 1-04:23.2 52
48 Kazutoshi Nagahama 24 Japan JPN 1-22:24.9 4:40.4 39 21:36.0 34 40:32.3 48 1-03:29.7 46
49 Jürg Capol 28 Switzerland SUI 1-22:59.9 4:46.3 49 22:09.5 47 40:32.9 49 1-04:04.7 48
50 Dany Bouchard 26 Canada CAN 1-23:06.9 4:46.9 50 22:24.6 51 40:26.6 45 1-03:43.5 47
51 Ahn Jin-Soo 20 South Korea KOR 1-23:21.4 4:45.9 47 22:40.2 57 41:03.3 55 1-04:35.3 53
52 Elemer-György Tanko 25 Romania ROU 1-23:22.6 4:49.6 55 22:07.6 46 40:10.8 41 1-04:21.0 51
53 Pavel Korolyov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-23:25.3 4:50.6 57 21:50.3 39 40:26.2 44 1-04:13.6 50
54 Zsolt Antal 21 Romania ROU 1-23:49.7 4:51.9 60 22:32.4 53 40:59.5 53 1-04:58.5 55
55 Stephan Kunz 22 Liechtenstein LIE 1-24:00.0 4:50.7 58 22:36.9 56 41:01.3 54 1-04:52.7 54
56 Park Byung-Chul 21 South Korea KOR 1-24:16.0 4:40.6 41 22:40.5 58 41:37.8 60 1-05:09.2 56
57 Vasily Gorbachov 29 Belarus BLR 1-24:17.9 4:57.3 65 22:43.9 60 41:28.3 57 1-05:25.6 57
58 Slavcho Batinkov 24 Bulgaria BUL 1-24:19.4 4:50.5 56 22:42.8 59 41:32.5 =58 1-05:26.8 59
59 Jaak Mae 21 Estonia EST 1-24:24.1 4:44.0 45 22:35.0 54 41:24.6 56 1-05:30.4 60
60 Dave Belam 26 Great Britain GBR 1-24:28.2 4:41.7 43 22:35.6 55 41:32.5 =58 1-05:26.2 58
61 Mark Gray 26 Australia AUS 1-24:49.9 4:52.0 61 23:05.5 63 42:08.0 61 1-05:59.9 61
62 Antonio Rački 20 Croatia CRO 1-25:42.4 4:54.6 62 23:03.4 62 42:35.4 63 1-06:22.2 62
63 Taivo Kuus 24 Estonia EST 1-25:52.3 4:48.4 53 23:27.4 65 42:29.2 62 1-07:06.5 63
64 Petar Zografov 29 Bulgaria BUL 1-27:18.6 5:03.2 67 23:11.3 64 42:38.1 64 1-07:25.5 64
65 Marcus Nash 22 United States USA 1-27:18.7 4:50.8 59 23:33.7 66 42:52.2 66 1-07:49.3 66
66 Ebbe Hartz 27 Denmark DEN 1-27:43.2 4:56.8 63 22:58.8 61 43:04.0 67 1-08:12.4 67
67 Rögnvaldur Ingþórsson 25 Iceland ISL 1-27:45.8 4:56.9 64 23:34.8 67 42:41.9 65 1-07:35.1 65
68 Nikos Anastasiadis 27 Greece GRE 1-30:54.7 5:14.2 69 24:26.9 68 44:23.1 68 1-10:25.2 68
69 Jānis Hermanis 23 Latvia LAT 1-34:10.5 5:33.7 71 25:48.8 70 46:32.0 69 1-13:23.7 69
70 Nikos Kalofiris 23 Greece GRE 1-36:30.5 5:13.3 68 25:43.5 69 47:05.0 70 1-15:16.4 70
71 Khristos Titas 25 Greece GRE 1-36:41.5 5:20.2 70 26:09.8 71 47:54.5 71 1-15:29.0 71
AC Hervé Balland 30 France FRA DNF
AC Ričardas Panavas 21 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Gianfranco Polvara 36 Italy ITA DQ