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Cross Country Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 27, 1994
Date Finished: February 27, 1994

Gold: KAZ Vladimir Smirnov
Silver: FIN Mika Myllylä
Bronze: NOR Sture Sivertsen

Summary

As always, the men’s marathon was the last event of the Olympic Program. Bjørn Dæhlie had already won two individual gold medals and was the defending champion. But he was always considered better in freestyle than classical, the style chosen for the 50 km in 1994. The other strongest skier of the past few years was Vladimir Smirnov, who had won the 1990-91 World Cup, and was in the process of winning again in 1993-94. But Smirnov always struggled in the 50 km, usually finishing poorly after good starts. He had won two silvers in Lillehammer but was not given much of a chance. The major contenders looked to be Russian Aleksey Prokurorov, the winner of the event at Holmenkollen in 1993, and Sweden’s Torgny Mogren, winner of the last two World Championships. But Sweden did not even nominate Mogren to start in the 50 km, leaving him for the 30 km, in which he placed 24th.

But something odd happened when the race was run. Smirnov started quickly and was second at the first checkpoint, but moved into the lead by the 7.8 km time check. He held that through 33.4 km, and then the strange occurrence came when, at the 47.1 km mark, he was still in the lead and skiing strongly. In fact, he had the best finish of any of the leaders, slowly down only in the last 3 kilometres when he had the race in hand, eventually winning by 1:21.6 over Finland’s Mika Myllylä. The next three finishers were Norwegian, but Dæhlie would not make the podium. Trailing only Smirnov through 33.4 km, he struggled in the last half of the race and placed fourth, behind his teammate, Sture Sivertsen.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R I4T I4R I5T I5R I6T I6R
1 Vladimir Smirnov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold 2-07:20.3 4:39.3 2 26:48.1 1 41:19.8 1 1-08:52.1 1 1-23:44.3 1 2-00:30.3 1
2 Mika Myllylä 24 Finland FIN Silver 2-08:41.9 4:38.1 1 27:06.2 2 41:46.8 3 1-10:09.2 4 1-25:08.8 4 2-02:12.8 2
3 Sture Sivertsen 27 Norway NOR Bronze 2-08:49.0 4:44.1 6 27:27.0 7 41:53.7 5 1-10:04.5 3 1-24:47.7 3 2-02:16.3 3
4 Bjørn Dæhlie 26 Norway NOR 2-09:11.4 4:47.0 10 27:09.7 3 41:40.9 2 1-09:44.3 2 1-24:40.3 2 2-02:28.9 4
5 Erling Jevne 27 Norway NOR 2-09:12.2 4:40.2 3 27:30.5 8 42:17.7 7 1-10:38.9 7 1-25:39.5 6 2-02:44.1 5
6 Christer Majbäck 30 Sweden SWE 2-10:03.8 4:47.5 11 27:52.4 13 42:37.2 14 1-11:13.0 10 1-26:07.9 8 2-03:31.8 6
7 Maurilio De Zolt 43 Italy ITA 2-10:12.1 4:47.9 14 27:18.6 5 41:49.8 4 1-10:30.1 5 1-25:48.9 7 2-03:35.9 7
8 Giorgio Vanzetta 34 Italy ITA 2-10:16.4 4:46.6 9 27:32.5 10 42:25.4 11 1-11:05.2 8 1-26:09.1 9 2-03:39.7 8
9 Mikhail Botvinov 26 Russia RUS 2-10:18.9 4:42.4 5 27:18.4 4 42:19.8 8 1-11:08.2 9 1-26:28.0 10 2-03:47.5 9
10 Vegard Ulvang 30 Norway NOR 2-10:40.0 4:41.8 4 27:25.6 6 41:59.3 6 1-10:34.2 6 1-25:38.0 5 2-03:58.0 10
11 Silvio Fauner 25 Italy ITA 2-11:09.6 4:55.1 26 28:03.9 16 42:49.9 15 1-11:31.7 13 1-26:48.9 13 2-04:35.0 11
12 Harri Kirvesniemi 35 Finland FIN 2-11:19.3 4:45.1 7 27:35.6 11 42:29.6 12 1-11:23.2 12 1-26:46.4 12 2-04:46.5 12
13 Aleksey Prokurorov 29 Russia RUS 2-11:52.8 4:46.2 8 27:36.0 12 42:37.1 13 1-11:22.5 11 1-26:43.4 11 2-04:59.6 13
14 Igor Badamshin 27 Russia RUS 2-12:20.1 4:52.9 21 27:57.9 15 43:08.8 16 1-12:24.3 16 1-27:46.3 16 2-05:48.6 14
15 Alois Stadlober 31 Austria AUT 2-13:13.5 4:49.9 17 27:31.8 9 42:24.8 10 1-11:31.8 14 1-27:01.2 14 2-06:19.4 15
16 Jeremias Wigger 28 Switzerland SUI 2-13:40.2 4:58.3 =34 28:28.3 20 43:52.1 22 1-13:08.6 19 1-28:54.6 20 2-07:07.4 18
17 Aleksandr Vorobyov 24 Russia RUS 2-13:44.5 4:59.9 38 28:29.4 22 43:31.8 20 1-12:50.4 18 1-28:23.8 18 2-07:00.6 16
18 Jan Ottosson 33 Sweden SWE 2-13:55.2 4:48.9 15 27:57.7 14 42:24.2 9 1-11:57.9 15 1-27:44.3 15 2-07:01.5 17
19 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 24 Spain ESP 2-14:22.5 4:57.8 =31 28:37.9 23 44:01.3 23 1-13:22.7 20 1-28:52.0 19 2-07:39.3 19
20 Lubomír Buchta 26 Czech Republic CZE 2-14:50.0 4:50.4 18 28:25.1 19 44:01.8 24 1-13:52.0 22 1-29:21.1 21 2-08:08.6 21
21 Viktor Kamotsky 30 Belarus BLR 2-15:02.9 4:52.6 20 28:05.0 17 43:22.3 17 1-12:44.8 17 1-28:08.0 17 2-07:42.9 20
22 Jaanus Teppan 31 Estonia EST 2-16:18.8 5:02.5 41 29:04.0 30 44:30.6 30 1-14:30.3 26 1-30:21.3 26 2-09:24.2 22
23 Patrick Remy 28 France FRA 2-16:21.4 4:59.4 36 28:57.2 29 44:17.9 28 1-14:30.2 25 1-30:21.2 25 2-09:39.7 23
24 Kazunari Sasaki 31 Japan JPN 2-16:51.7 5:10.8 54 29:09.8 32 44:46.5 33 1-15:00.8 32 1-30:51.6 33 2-10:09.0 24
25 Igor Obukhov 24 Belarus BLR 2-17:08.4 4:58.3 =34 28:50.5 26 44:15.2 27 1-14:35.9 27 1-30:10.6 24 2-10:09.4 25
26 Andrus Veerpalu 23 Estonia EST 2-17:24.7 4:55.8 27 29:23.5 37 44:45.6 32 1-15:08.0 33 1-30:40.1 30 2-10:34.1 26
27 Niklas Jonsson 24 Sweden SWE 2-17:54.9 4:49.6 16 28:28.7 21 43:25.8 18 1-14:25.5 24 1-30:39.2 29 2-10:53.5 27
28 Hiroyuki Imai 23 Japan JPN 2-17:55.2 5:01.3 39 29:25.3 39 44:59.6 37 1-15:14.5 34 1-31:16.0 34 2-10:55.8 28
29 Pavel Ryabinin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-18:08.1 4:59.8 37 29:13.4 35 44:48.8 34 1-14:55.5 31 1-30:46.9 31 2-11:07.7 29
30 Markus Hasler 22 Liechtenstein LIE 2-18:40.1 4:54.1 22 28:52.7 27 44:12.3 26 1-14:46.5 29 1-30:38.7 28 2-11:41.2 31
31 Gianfranco Polvara 36 Italy ITA 2-18:40.3 4:54.6 23 28:49.0 25 44:07.3 25 1-14:48.2 30 1-30:47.0 32 2-11:36.3 30
32 Ričardas Panavas 21 Lithuania LTU 2-19:01.3 5:11.8 55 29:43.8 46 45:33.8 =44 1-16:14.5 41 1-32:18.2 42 2-12:11.3 34
33 Cédric Vallet 22 France FRA 2-19:06.7 4:54.9 25 29:05.0 31 44:19.7 29 1-14:41.1 28 1-30:28.7 27 2-11:52.6 33
34 Jordi Ribó 26 Spain ESP 2-19:21.9 4:57.1 28 29:29.2 41 45:05.7 40 1-15:47.2 39 1-31:50.1 37 2-12:22.5 35
35 Justin Wadsworth 25 United States USA 2-19:49.1 4:47.6 =12 28:45.2 24 43:50.2 21 1-14:16.1 23 1-29:59.3 23 2-12:30.2 36
36 Taivo Kuus 24 Estonia EST 2-19:51.9 5:08.5 52 29:59.7 49 45:35.8 46 1-16:17.5 42 1-32:20.3 43 2-12:52.7 37
37 Sami Repo 22 Finland FIN 2-20:32.8 4:47.6 =12 28:24.3 18 43:25.9 19 1-13:46.2 21 1-29:32.1 22 2-11:51.5 32
38 Stephan Kunz 22 Liechtenstein LIE 2-20:38.1 5:03.3 44 29:34.4 42 45:04.1 39 1-15:39.8 36 1-31:45.2 36 2-13:29.0 38
39 Todd Boonstra 31 United States USA 2-20:41.0 4:57.8 =31 29:22.8 36 45:01.9 38 1-15:47.6 40 1-32:13.1 41 2-13:37.2 40
40 Karri Hietamäki 24 Finland FIN 2-20:50.9 4:54.8 24 29:34.9 43 45:33.8 =44 1-16:22.6 44 1-32:31.9 44 2-13:41.3 41
41 Hans Diethelm 26 Switzerland SUI 2-21:01.8 5:05.4 47 29:12.0 33 44:54.2 35 1-15:44.0 37 1-32:10.0 40 2-13:42.3 42
42 Carlos Vicente 22 Spain ESP 2-21:03.5 4:57.3 29 29:12.7 34 44:55.9 36 1-15:44.9 38 1-31:57.4 38 2-13:36.2 39
43 Vasily Gorbachov 29 Belarus BLR 2-21:31.3 5:01.4 40 29:42.8 45 45:44.4 48 1-16:53.4 48 1-33:14.4 46 2-14:23.3 44
44 Jürg Capol 28 Switzerland SUI 2-21:48.3 5:07.7 49 29:46.3 47 45:49.7 51 1-16:50.9 47 1-33:23.9 49 2-14:35.1 45
45 Sergey Margatsky 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-21:57.9 5:04.2 45 30:24.7 53 45:45.5 49 1-17:29.6 50 1-33:41.3 50 2-14:45.6 46
46 Philippe Sanchez 24 France FRA 2-22:01.0 4:58.1 33 29:27.8 40 45:06.5 41 1-16:17.7 43 1-32:03.6 39 2-14:22.9 43
47 Anthony Evans 24 Australia AUS 2-22:05.2 5:08.0 =50 30:25.3 55 46:25.0 54 1-17:45.3 51 1-34:09.0 52 2-14:52.5 47
48 Kazutoshi Nagahama 24 Japan JPN 2-22:30.2 5:15.1 57 30:16.4 51 46:08.0 52 1-17:18.7 49 1-33:20.5 47 2-15:09.6 49
49 Pete Vordenberg 22 United States USA 2-22:53.1 5:08.0 =50 30:24.9 54 46:23.0 53 1-18:47.0 56 1-34:42.6 54 2-15:48.3 51
50 Nikolay Ivanov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 2-22:59.1 4:51.8 19 28:56.2 28 44:36.1 31 1-15:35.8 35 1-31:39.3 35 2-15:08.4 48
51 Dany Bouchard 26 Canada CAN 2-23:09.0 5:03.0 =42 29:24.3 38 45:17.1 42 1-16:37.5 46 1-33:08.4 45 2-15:42.0 50
52 Antonio Rački 20 Croatia CRO 2-23:23.4 5:16.7 58 30:17.1 52 46:28.5 56 1-18:04.4 53 1-34:25.8 53 2-15:58.9 52
53 Ben Husaby 28 United States USA 2-23:37.3 4:57.6 30 30:07.4 50 45:40.1 47 1-17:46.4 52 1-34:04.3 51 2-16:16.2 53
54 Siniša Vukonić 22 Croatia CRO 2-24:12.6 5:17.4 59 30:27.0 56 46:26.5 55 1-18:07.6 54 1-34:45.7 55 2-16:53.8 54
55 Daníel Jakobsson 20 Iceland ISL 2-24:57.0 5:05.2 46 29:53.4 48 45:46.7 50 1-18:18.5 55 1-34:57.8 56 2-17:33.5 55
56 Peter Schlickenrieder 23 Germany GER 2-25:22.4 5:09.7 53 29:41.4 44 45:17.9 43 1-16:35.6 45 1-33:22.0 48 2-17:54.4 56
57 Ebbe Hartz 27 Denmark DEN 2-25:58.5 5:06.0 48 30:46.1 57 47:20.6 58 1-19:35.3 58 1-36:42.4 58 2-18:27.5 57
58 Ondrej Valenta 21 Czech Republic CZE 2-26:08.6 5:03.0 =42 30:50.2 58 46:41.6 57 1-19:04.0 57 1-35:51.9 57 2-18:53.8 58
59 Mark Gray 26 Australia AUS 2-28:51.6 5:12.3 56 31:27.4 60 48:04.3 59 1-20:53.7 59 1-37:25.3 59 2-21:23.5 59
60 Rögnvaldur Ingþórsson 25 Iceland ISL 2-32:52.9 5:19.3 60 31:22.5 59 48:10.4 60 1-21:22.9 60 1-38:55.4 60 2-25:02.5 60
61 Jānis Hermanis 23 Latvia LAT 2-36:11.1 5:30.4 61 32:15.0 61 49:12.8 61 1-23:42.3 61 1-41:25.9 61 2-28:26.6 61
AC Jochen Behle 33 Germany GER DNF
AC Giachem Guidon 32 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Janko Neuber 22 Germany GER DNF
AC Martin Petrásek 27 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Elemer-György Tanko 25 Romania ROU DNF