Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 18, 2002
Date Finished: February 18, 2002
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Germany had won every World Championship from 1995-99, but Russia had won in 2000-01. Germany was favored, having won three of the season’s four World Cup relays, with Ukraine, Norway, and Russia considered for a shot at the podium, having placed third at the last two Worlds. Russia immediately went into the lead on the first leg, followed by Belarus, Norway, and the Ukraine, with Germany trailing sixth. The first five teams shot cleanly but Katrin Apel missed four (one miss and three re-load misses) shots and skied one penalty loop for Germany. Uschi Disl solved that problem on the second leg, with a leg that was the fastest of the event, and put Germany ahead of Bulgaria by 21.2 seconds, with Slovenia third and Russia back in seventh after Galina Kukleva had to ski two penalty loops. But at the final exchange the order was Germany, Norway, and Russia, and that is how the medals would sort out, with Bulgaria dropping off the podium into fourth. The Ukraine was not a factor, trailing back in 10th place.