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Cross Country Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 15 kilometres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 12, 2002
Date Finished: February 12, 2002

Gold: EST Andrus Veerpalu
Silver: NOR Frode Estil
Bronze: EST Jaak Mae

Summary

Nobody had really dominated short-distance cross-country events since the retirement of Bjørn Dæhlie, and this event was considered wide-open. The leader at the first checkpoint was Anders Aukland but by the 7.2 km time check, Estonian Andrus Veerpalu had taken the lead. He held that to the end, posting the fastest intermediate splits at all the final checkpoints, and winning a very easy gold medal, 36 seconds ahead of Norway’s Frode Estil. Veerpalu and Estil had also been 1-2 at the 2001 World Championships over 30 km. In this event, Veerpalu had been runner-up at the 1999 Worlds. Veerpalu’s teammate, Jaak Mae, started slowly but had moved to third by 11.5 km checkpoint. His bronze would give Estonia two medals in this event, and Veerpalu was the first Estonian to win a Winter Olympic gold medal. He would return in 2006 to defend his gold medal. Estil would win the 15 km World Championship in 2005.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Andrus Veerpalu 31 Estonia EST Gold 37:07.4 5:24.1 3 19:23.7 1 28:46.8 1
2 Frode Estil 29 Norway NOR Silver 37:43.4 5:22.9 2 19:31.4 2 29:09.7 2
3 Jaak Mae 29 Estonia EST Bronze 37:50.8 5:26.0 4 19:42.0 6 29:26.0 3
4 Anders Aukland 29 Norway NOR 38:08.3 5:21.9 1 19:38.2 4 29:26.8 4
5 Per Elofsson 24 Sweden SWE 38:10.8 5:26.3 5 19:37.5 3 29:27.8 5
6 Erling Jevne 35 Norway NOR 38:13.6 5:29.3 7 19:39.4 5 29:34.6 6
7 Vitaly Denisov 25 Russia RUS 38:17.9 5:32.6 14 19:52.4 8 29:35.1 7
8 Magnus Ingesson 30 Sweden SWE 38:38.5 5:32.0 12 19:54.8 9 29:48.6 9
9 Reto Burgermeister 26 Switzerland SUI 38:49.2 5:41.2 31 20:22.6 20 30:13.5 14
10 Sergey Novikov 21 Russia RUS 38:49.3 5:32.1 13 20:07.6 10 30:07.9 11
11 Mikhail Ivanov 24 Russia RUS 38:51.3 5:29.7 8 19:42.6 7 29:44.1 8
12 John Bauer 33 United States USA 38:55.7 5:34.6 18 20:08.5 13 30:04.8 10
13 Roman Virolaynen 20 Belarus BLR 39:02.4 5:36.5 24 20:17.4 18 30:12.2 13
14 Axel Teichmann 22 Germany GER 39:05.3 5:35.1 20 20:19.4 19 30:19.5 15
15 Andreas Schlütter 29 Germany GER 39:19.2 5:34.2 17 20:08.3 12 30:19.7 16
16 Patrick Weaver 32 United States USA 39:24.4 5:42.2 35 20:27.1 23 30:34.3 23
17 Urban Lindgren 28 Sweden SWE 39:24.8 5:41.5 33 20:23.6 22 30:27.6 18
18 Andrey Golovko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 39:28.1 5:34.9 19 20:16.3 17 30:30.5 21
19 Masaaki Kozu 27 Japan JPN 39:28.3 5:43.3 39 20:27.8 26 30:33.1 22
20 Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset 30 Norway NOR 39:31.4 5:27.0 6 20:07.8 11 30:08.2 12
21 Ivan Bátory 26 Slovakia SVK 39:32.0 5:29.9 9 20:09.7 15 30:22.7 17
22 Kris Freeman 21 United States USA 39:34.3 5:36.2 =22 20:28.4 27 30:45.1 27
23 Alexander Marent 32 Austria AUT 39:36.2 5:42.1 34 20:30.5 30 30:35.8 24
24 Martin Bajčičák 25 Slovakia SVK 39:39.4 5:38.0 29 20:27.2 =24 30:44.4 26
25 Vasily Rochev 21 Russia RUS 39:42.1 5:36.2 =22 20:13.4 16 30:30.4 20
26 Freddy Schwienbacher 26 Italy ITA 39:44.9 5:45.7 42 20:46.9 35 30:53.2 31
27 Morgan Göransson 29 Sweden SWE 39:45.7 5:31.8 11 20:27.2 =24 30:46.8 28
28 Cristian Saracco 25 Italy ITA 39:48.4 5:42.7 36 20:42.1 33 30:49.7 30
29 Jiří Magál 24 Czech Republic CZE 39:48.6 5:37.6 25 20:23.2 21 30:59.1 34
30 Kuisma Taipale 31 Finland FIN 39:50.3 5:35.8 21 20:28.7 28 30:48.5 29
31 Fulvio Valbusa 32 Italy ITA 39:50.6 5:37.7 26 20:09.4 14 30:27.9 19
32 Roman Leibiuk 25 Ukraine UKR 39:50.9 5:37.8 =27 20:37.7 32 30:54.0 32
33 Jens Filbrich 22 Germany GER 39:57.0 5:32.9 16 20:29.3 29 30:43.5 25
34 Petr Michl 31 Czech Republic CZE 40:00.2 5:49.5 49 20:45.7 34 30:58.9 33
35 Giorgio Di Centa 29 Italy ITA 40:22.6 5:31.3 10 20:35.1 31 31:08.4 35
36 Hiroyuki Imai 31 Japan JPN 40:27.1 5:43.7 41 20:54.7 36 31:11.7 36
37 Denis Krivushkin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 40:27.7 5:40.8 30 21:02.1 39 31:19.5 38
38 Hiroshi Kudo 28 Japan JPN 40:29.9 5:46.6 =44 21:07.9 =41 31:22.3 39
39 Ričardas Panavas 29 Lithuania LTU 40:31.0 5:51.1 50 21:10.6 44 31:24.7 41
40 Meelis Aasmäe 29 Estonia EST 40:31.2 5:41.4 32 20:59.3 37 31:19.0 37
41 Gerhard Urain 29 Austria AUT 40:38.0 5:42.9 =37 21:00.2 38 31:24.0 40
42 Pavel Ryabinin 30 Kazakhstan KAZ 41:03.2 5:51.5 51 21:09.6 43 31:44.0 42
43 Karri Hietamäki 32 Finland FIN 41:13.6 5:47.8 47 21:05.5 40 31:45.2 43
44 Igor Zubrilin 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 41:15.5 5:51.7 53 21:16.3 46 31:53.0 45
45 Milan Šperl 21 Czech Republic CZE 41:16.7 5:49.1 48 21:07.9 =41 31:46.9 44
46 Donald Farley 31 Canada CAN 41:26.6 5:46.9 46 21:15.4 45 31:58.8 46
47 Aleksandr Shalak 22 Belarus BLR 41:44.5 5:54.3 57 21:54.3 =53 32:33.3 51
48 Nikolay Semenyako 25 Belarus BLR 41:48.0 5:51.6 52 21:33.9 48 32:22.7 48
49 Juris Ģērmanis 24 Latvia LAT 41:50.1 5:37.8 =27 21:47.5 49 32:27.1 49
50 Katsuhito Ebisawa 29 Japan JPN 41:51.4 5:32.7 15 21:25.4 47 32:08.7 47
51 Aleksey Tregubov 30 Belarus BLR 42:00.7 6:00.7 59 21:53.5 51 32:32.2 50
52 Vladislavas Zybaila 27 Lithuania LTU 42:07.9 5:46.6 =44 21:54.3 =53 32:33.9 52
53 Ari Palolahti 33 Finland FIN 42:10.7 5:51.8 54 21:53.6 52 32:43.9 53
54 Lars Flora 24 United States USA 42:11.5 5:46.2 43 21:49.8 50 32:48.8 55
55 Peter Schlickenrieder 31 Germany GER 42:34.0 5:52.2 56 21:56.0 55 32:48.6 54
56 Han Dawei 24 China CHN 42:34.5 6:06.3 60 22:41.4 59 33:21.9 57
57 Priit Narusk 24 Estonia EST 43:03.2 5:43.6 40 22:02.7 56 33:15.5 56
58 Denis Klobučar 18 Croatia CRO 43:45.0 5:52.1 55 22:35.5 57 33:55.3 58
59 Vadim Gusevas 20 Lithuania LTU 43:56.2 5:42.9 =37 22:38.5 58 34:01.2 59
60 Ivan Bayrakov 18 Bulgaria BUL 45:41.2 6:18.5 63 23:34.4 61 35:26.8 60
61 Damir Jurčević 23 Croatia CRO 45:49.6 6:10.0 61 23:47.5 63 35:50.4 63
62 Park Byeong-Ju 22 South Korea KOR 45:51.4 6:13.6 62 24:24.5 66 35:49.6 62
63 Jargalyn Erdenetülkhüür 23 Mongolia MGL 45:54.7 6:31.2 64 23:40.6 62 35:40.0 61
64 Choi Im-Heon 19 South Korea KOR 46:13.3 6:32.2 65 24:14.2 64 36:03.7 65
65 Lefteris Fafalis 25 Greece GRE 46:17.9 5:57.9 58 22:56.1 60 35:56.8 64
66 Aram Hadzhiyan 22 Armenia ARM 46:42.9 6:35.8 66 24:14.7 65 36:16.7 66
AC Slavcho Batinkov 32 Bulgaria BUL 6:36.9 67 24:56.3 67 DNF