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Cross Country Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Women's 5 kilometres

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Birkebeineren Ski Stadium, Lillehammer
Date Started: February 15, 1994
Date Finished: February 15, 1994

Gold: RUS Lyubov Yegorova
Silver: ITA Manuela Di Centa
Bronze: FIN Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen

Summary

Five women had dominated cross-country in the past two years and were favored in all the 1994 Olympic events. They were Russians Lyubov Yegorova, Yelena Välbe, and Larisa Lazutina and Italians Manuela Di Centa and Stefania Belmondo. Välbe was not entered in the short distance, possibly because the Russian coach entered his girlfriend, Svetlana Nageykina, but the other four were. Di Centa was first off of the challengers and set a fast pace, taking the lead at both time checkpoints. Lazutina and Belmondo started later and could not match Di Centa’s pace, eventually finishing sixth and 13th. Yegorova was off 60th of 62 starters and quickly took the lead, winning the gold medal by almost 20 seconds over Di Centa. The bronze medal went to Finland’s Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen, who had won all three individual gold medals at the 1984 Winter Olympics, but this was her first individual medal since 1984, in her fifth Winter Olympics. Yegorova had won five medals and three golds in Albertville, and would repeat the three gold in Lillehammer, adding a silver in the 15 km. Di Centa would win five medals in Lillehammer – two golds, two silvers, and a bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R
1 Lyubov Yegorova 27 Russia RUS Gold 14:08.8 5:50.6 1
2 Manuela Di Centa 31 Italy ITA Silver 14:28.3 5:56.2 3
3 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen 38 Finland FIN Bronze 14:36.0 5:54.4 2
4 Anita Moen-Guidon 26 Norway NOR 14:39.4 5:58.2 4
5 Inger Helene Nybråten 33 Norway NOR 14:43.6 6:02.3 7
6 Larisa Lazutina 28 Russia RUS 14:44.2 6:01.0 5
7 Trude Dybendahl-Hartz 28 Norway NOR 14:48.1 6:05.5 11
8 Kateřina Neumannová 20 Czech Republic CZE 14:49.6 6:01.4 6
9 Pirkko Määttä 34 Finland FIN 14:51.5 6:04.7 10
10 Antonina Ordina 32 Sweden SWE 14:59.2 6:03.1 8
11 Nina Gavrylyuk 28 Russia RUS 15:01.6 6:09.3 =14
12 Elin Nilsen 25 Norway NOR 15:03.1 6:08.0 12
13 Stefania Belmondo 25 Italy ITA 15:04.0 6:11.4 17
14 Marjut Rolig-Lukkarinen 28 Finland FIN 15:05.1 6:08.2 13
15 Małgorzata Ruchała 33 Poland POL 15:07.5 6:09.9 16
16 Svetlana Nageykina 29 Russia RUS 15:08.5 6:03.7 9
17 Anna Frithioff 31 Sweden SWE 15:13.3 6:13.5 18
18 Tuulikki Pyykkönen 30 Finland FIN 15:13.6 6:09.3 =14
19 Bice Vanzetta 32 Italy ITA 15:21.3 6:14.1 19
20 Sylvia Honegger 25 Switzerland SUI 15:21.7 6:18.0 21
21 Ľubomíra Balážová 25 Slovakia SVK 15:23.9 6:14.9 20
22 Piret Niglas 25 Estonia EST 15:29.0 6:22.4 25
23 Sophie Villeneuve 24 France FRA 15:31.9 6:24.8 27
24 Gabriella Paruzzi 24 Italy ITA 15:34.7 6:20.6 22
25 Annika Evaldsson 23 Sweden SWE 15:35.7 6:21.3 23
26 Fumiko Aoki 27 Japan JPN 15:41.9 6:26.5 29
27 Cristel Vahtra 21 Estonia EST 15:42.3 6:24.0 26
28 Nina Kemppel 23 United States USA 15:44.8 6:24.9 28
29 Iryna Taranenko-Terelia 27 Ukraine UKR 15:46.0 6:26.8 30
30 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 16 Estonia EST 15:46.1 6:32.5 34
31 Bernadetta Bocek-Piotrowska 23 Poland POL 15:47.1 6:35.3 =38
32 Alžbeta Havrančíková 30 Slovakia SVK 15:47.2 6:28.3 31
33 Yelena Volodina-Antonova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 15:49.7 6:21.5 24
34 Yelena Sinkevich 22 Belarus BLR 15:50.2 6:32.0 33
35 Anna-Lena Fritzon 28 Sweden SWE 15:52.9 6:36.4 41
36 Lyudmila Dideleva 17 Belarus BLR 15:57.7 6:29.9 32
37 Barbara Mettler 22 Switzerland SUI 15:59.6 6:33.6 35
38 Dorota Kwaśny 21 Poland POL 16:04.3 6:40.3 46
39 Silja Suija 19 Estonia EST 16:07.8 6:36.7 42
40 Leslie Thompson 30 United States USA 16:08.0 6:35.9 40
41 Carole Stanisière 23 France FRA 16:08.7 6:35.0 36
42 Silke Braun-Schwager 24 Switzerland SUI 16:11.2 6:38.0 43
43 Iveta Zelingerová-Fortová 21 Czech Republic CZE 16:15.6 6:35.3 =38
44 Yelena Piraynen 24 Belarus BLR 16:25.0 6:35.2 37
45 Svetlana Kamotskaya 30 Belarus BLR 16:25.8 6:38.9 44
46 Jaroslava Bukvajová 18 Slovakia SVK 16:26.6 6:41.8 47
47 Martina Vondrová 21 Czech Republic CZE 16:27.3 6:40.2 45
48 Tatiana Kutlíková 21 Slovakia SVK 16:27.7 6:44.7 48
49 Yelena Chernetsova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 16:28.8 6:45.9 51
50 Sumiko Yokoyama 19 Japan JPN 16:30.5 6:51.5 59
51 Isabelle Mancini 26 France FRA 16:31.4 6:50.7 57
52 Nataliya Shtaymets 30 Kazakhstan KAZ 16:33.4 6:44.9 49
53 Ingrid Butts 30 United States USA 16:33.6 6:49.5 55
54 Élisabeth Tardy 21 France FRA 16:39.3 6:48.3 53
55 Jana Rázlová 19 Czech Republic CZE 16:39.7 6:46.8 52
56 Oksana Kotova 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 16:40.7 6:51.3 58
57 Irina Nikulchina 19 Bulgaria BUL 16:41.6 6:48.4 54
58 Halina Nowak-Guńka 23 Poland POL 16:46.1 6:45.3 50
59 Karen Petty 24 United States USA 16:52.5 6:49.9 56
60 Jasmin Baumann 20 Switzerland SUI 17:00.3 7:07.1 61
61 Ineta Kravale 34 Latvia LAT 17:21.5 7:03.5 60
AC Vida Vencienė 32 Lithuania LTU DNF