Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 20, 2002
Date Finished: February 20, 2002
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Relay had been a World Cup event since the mid-1990s and Norway and Germany had won all the seasonal World Cups since 1996-97, while France and Russia had won the last two World Championships. But Norway was favored, led by their anchorman Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who had already won the three individual gold medals in Salt Lake City. And their lead-off skier was Halvard Hanevold, who had won the 20 km gold medal in 1998. Hanevold put Norway into second place, trailing Russia and Viktor Maygurov, but only by 18 seconds. And on the second leg Frode Andresen moved Norway into a lead they would never lose, leading France by 21 seconds at the second exchange. On the third leg, Egil Gjelland moved Norway over a minute ahead of Russia with Germany close behind. Bjørndalen had an easy time of it in bringing Norway in first, and winning his fourth gold medal of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Behind him, Russia dropped back, as Frank Luck and Raphaël Poirée had the two fastest legs of the event to bring Germany the silver and France the bronze medal.