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Cross Country Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Women's 15 kilometres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 13, 1994
Date Finished: February 13, 1994

Gold: ITA Manuela Di Centa
Silver: RUS Lyubov Yegorova
Bronze: RUS Nina Gavrylyuk

Summary

This was the first cross-country ski race of the Lillehammer Olympics. The favorites were the big five of women’s cross-country over the last few years – Russians Lyubov Yegorova, Yelena Välbe, and Larisa Lazutina and Italians Manuela Di Centa and Stefania Belmondo. Di Centa, Yegorova, and Valbe were currently in a tight battle for the 1993-94 World Cup title, with Di Centa eventually winning it, while Välbe had won the last two World Championships at the distance. There were 54 starters and the favorites all went off from starting position 43 to 52. But right from the start, Di Centa set the fastest pace and she would win fairly easily, almost by 19 seconds over Yegorova. Belmondo, Lazutina, and Välbe placed 4-5-6 respectively, while the bronze medal went to Russian Nina Gavrylyuk. Di Centa would win five medals in all the cross-country events in Lillehammer, adding a gold in the 30 km to her victory in this event. Gavrylyuk was the least heralded of the Russians, and this was her only individual Olympic medal, but she would win three relay golds in her career – in 1988, 1994, and 1998.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Manuela Di Centa 31 Italy ITA Gold 39:44.5 4:47.6 1 21:50.7 1
2 Lyubov Yegorova 27 Russia RUS Silver 41:03.0 4:53.1 2 22:28.5 2
3 Nina Gavrylyuk 28 Russia RUS Bronze 41:10.4 4:59.3 3 22:54.6 3
4 Stefania Belmondo 25 Italy ITA 41:33.6 5:04.8 6 22:55.7 4
5 Larisa Lazutina 28 Russia RUS 41:57.6 5:03.8 5 23:23.5 5
6 Yelena Välbe 25 Russia RUS 42:26.6 5:00.7 4 23:29.5 6
7 Antonina Ordina 32 Sweden SWE 42:29.1 5:07.2 9 23:40.9 7
8 Alžbeta Havrančíková 30 Slovakia SVK 42:34.4 5:05.1 7 23:42.1 8
9 Sophie Villeneuve 24 France FRA 42:41.3 5:17.1 14 23:47.4 11
10 Anita Moen-Guidon 26 Norway NOR 42:42.9 5:09.6 11 23:46.8 10
11 Fumiko Aoki 27 Japan JPN 43:01.4 5:08.7 10 23:42.4 9
12 Gabriella Paruzzi 24 Italy ITA 43:05.1 5:19.1 17 24:11.7 14
13 Elin Nilsen 25 Norway NOR 43:19.8 5:16.6 13 23:53.2 12
14T Marit Wold-Mikkelsplass 28 Norway NOR 43:25.1 5:17.8 16 24:14.1 15
14T Kateřina Neumannová 20 Czech Republic CZE 43:25.1 5:06.5 8 24:01.6 13
16 Merja Lahtinen 25 Finland FIN 43:50.7 5:14.4 12 24:24.4 16
17 Marie-Helene Westin-Östlund 27 Sweden SWE 44:03.6 5:20.3 18 24:45.1 18
18 Bernadetta Bocek-Piotrowska 23 Poland POL 44:12.8 5:22.3 23 24:50.2 20
19 Anna-Lena Fritzon 28 Sweden SWE 44:26.9 5:25.6 25 24:53.7 21
20 Bente Skari-Martinsen 21 Norway NOR 44:35.0 5:21.8 20 25:18.3 28
21 Sylvia Honegger 25 Switzerland SUI 44:41.9 5:22.0 21 24:48.0 19
22 Dorota Kwaśny 21 Poland POL 44:43.1 5:27.6 29 24:38.6 17
23 Piret Niglas 25 Estonia EST 44:48.3 5:26.6 28 24:55.4 23
24 Mari Hietala 24 Finland FIN 44:56.8 5:17.4 15 25:06.2 25
25 Halina Nowak-Guńka 23 Poland POL 45:02.2 5:22.1 22 24:54.9 22
26 Sabina Valbusa 22 Italy ITA 45:03.9 5:25.7 26 25:09.3 26
27 Iryna Taranenko-Terelia 27 Ukraine UKR 45:19.1 5:21.4 19 24:56.2 24
28 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 16 Estonia EST 45:21.1 5:35.2 38 25:21.9 31
29 Annika Evaldsson 23 Sweden SWE 45:25.4 5:28.2 31 25:34.0 33
30 Barbara Mettler 22 Switzerland SUI 45:26.9 5:26.0 27 25:13.1 27
31 Martina Vondrová 21 Czech Republic CZE 45:29.1 5:33.4 36 25:53.6 37
32 Vida Vencienė 32 Lithuania LTU 45:41.2 5:38.3 41 25:38.6 34
33 Yelena Sinkevich 22 Belarus BLR 45:45.4 5:31.3 33 25:18.8 29
34 Laura McCabe 27 United States USA 45:51.1 5:41.4 43 25:21.8 30
35 Laura Wilson 24 United States USA 45:59.9 5:32.2 34 25:54.2 38
36 Sumiko Yokoyama 19 Japan JPN 46:00.4 5:33.2 35 26:01.8 39
37 Leslie Thompson 30 United States USA 46:10.3 5:22.6 24 25:25.2 32
38 Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan 23 Switzerland SUI 46:11.9 5:29.3 32 25:47.3 35
39 Isabelle Mancini 26 France FRA 46:16.2 5:37.0 39 25:51.6 36
40 Mićhalina Maciuszek 30 Poland POL 46:43.0 5:51.1 52 26:11.7 40
41 Iveta Zelingerová-Fortová 21 Czech Republic CZE 46:56.3 5:27.8 30 26:35.5 46
42 Nina Kemppel 23 United States USA 46:56.8 5:40.1 42 26:17.5 41
43 Oksana Kotova 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 47:02.1 5:42.4 44 26:18.3 42
44 Irina Nikulchina 19 Bulgaria BUL 47:03.5 5:34.6 37 26:21.9 43
45 Cristel Vahtra 21 Estonia EST 47:04.1 5:37.7 40 26:23.6 44
46 Tatiana Kutlíková 21 Slovakia SVK 47:34.9 5:50.5 51 26:37.7 47
47 Yelena Volodina-Antonova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 47:35.6 5:42.6 45 26:48.3 48
48 Lucie Chroustovská 22 Czech Republic CZE 47:37.8 5:46.1 47 26:26.0 45
49 Silja Suija 19 Estonia EST 47:47.5 5:46.4 48 27:04.1 49
50 Svetlana Kamotskaya 30 Belarus BLR 47:56.5 5:45.6 46 27:16.8 50
51 Yelena Piraynen 24 Belarus BLR 48:45.3 5:50.0 50 27:19.7 51
52 Ineta Kravale 34 Latvia LAT 49:37.7 5:49.6 49 27:42.0 52
53 Yelena Chernetsova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 49:56.7 5:58.8 53 28:20.2 53
AC Sylvie Giry-Rousset 28 France FRA DNF