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

Men's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 9, 2002
Date Finished: February 9, 2002

Gold: AUT Christian Hoffmann
Silver: AUT Mikhail Botvinov
Bronze: NOR Kristen Skjeldal

Summary

This was the first men’s Winter Olympic cross-country event skied entirely as a mass start race, which would later become the standard for most events. It was also the first men’s cross-country event in Salt Lake City, starting shortly after the women finished racing 15 km. There was no suspense over the winner of the event, however, as Spain’s Johann Mühlegg, a German émigré who obtained Spanish citizenship in 1999, dominated, taking the lead early, and winning by over two full minutes. Austrians Christian Hoffmann and Mikhail Botvinov, who had changed citizenship from Russia in 1996, finished second and third. At least the battle for the other medals was close, as Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar Bjørndalen led the pack coming into the final lap, but was passed by the Austrians and Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer. Norway’s Kristen Skjeldal also passed Bjørndalen, who originally finished sixth. In the end, these five would battle out the medals over the final lap, with less than 13.5 seconds separating them, as Hoffmann outsprinted Botvinov to the line, winning by 1.3 seconds.

But two weeks later it would all change. On 23 February, Mühlegg won the 50 km, his third gold medal in Salt Lake City as he had also won the pursuit, only to fail his doping screen, testing positive for darbopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue. He lost the 50 km, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in December 2003 that he could be stripped of all three gold medals from the 2002 Winter Olympics. So the final standings eventually saw Hoffmann elevated to the gold medal, Botvinov the silver, and Skjeldal the bronze. As the FIS now changes the Winter Olympic program frequently, this was also the last 30 km race, at least for some time, as it was not held in 2006 or 2010, having first been contested at the Olympics in 1956.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Christian Hoffmann 27 Austria AUT Gold 1-11:31.0 17:27.1 5 35:31.2 1 53:16.2 3
2 Mikhail Botvinov 34 Austria AUT Silver 1-11:32.3 17:06.9 =1 35:32.1 4 53:25.3 4
3 Kristen Skjeldal 34 Norway NOR Bronze 1-11:42.7 17:28.2 7 35:32.7 5 53:25.8 5
4 Pietro Piller Cottrer 27 Italy ITA 1-11:42.8 17:07.9 4 35:31.6 2 53:15.6 2
5 Ole Einar Bjørndalen 28 Norway NOR 1-11:44.5 17:06.9 =1 35:32.0 6 53:14.1 1
6 Lukáš Bauer 24 Czech Republic CZE 1-12:22.3 17:27.6 6 35:31.4 3 53:40.4 6
7 Nikolay Bolshakov 24 Russia RUS 1-12:50.6 17:37.0 12 35:40.8 7 54:11.1 7
8 Sergey Kryanin 31 Russia RUS 1-12:52.0 17:49.4 21 35:50.2 9 54:19.7 8
9 Cristian Zorzi 29 Italy ITA 1-13:10.0 17:29.7 10 35:49.8 8 54:31.6 11
10 Emmanuel Jonnier 26 France FRA 1-13:15.1 17:51.4 24 35:52.8 10 54:32.2 12
11 Vincent Vittoz 26 France FRA 1-13:21.7 17:28.6 8 35:52.0 11 54:30.7 9
12 Thomas Alsgaard 30 Norway NOR 1-13:30.2 17:39.3 13 35:52.1 12 54:31.1 10
13 Fabio Maj 31 Italy ITA 1-13:43.5 17:29.4 9 36:02.2 15 54:54.5 13
14 Sergey Dolidovich 28 Belarus BLR 1-13:51.1 17:48.9 20 36:16.6 18 54:57.0 15
15 Vladimir Vilisov 25 Russia RUS 1-13:54.1 17:42.4 14 36:16.2 17 55:03.8 17
16 René Sommerfeldt 27 Germany GER 1-13:55.8 17:46.7 16 36:02.9 14 55:00.9 16
17 Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 32 Spain ESP 1-14:05.1 17:47.1 17 36:01.6 13 54:56.5 14
18 Andrey Nevzorov 36 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-14:12.1 18:00.8 32 36:27.7 20 55:26.3 19
19 Axel Teichmann 22 Germany GER 1-14:23.8 17:51.0 25 36:15.6 16 55:15.9 18
20 Martin Koukal 23 Czech Republic CZE 1-14:25.9 17:52.0 26 36:43.1 24 55:55.0 26
21 Andrew Johnson 24 United States USA 1-14:26.9 17:53.5 29 36:33.6 23 55:37.9 20
22 Nikolay Chebotko 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-14:32.2 18:24.7 49 36:59.3 34 55:53.9 24
23 Gerhard Urain 29 Austria AUT 1-14:33.9 17:45.6 15 36:44.1 26 56:03.2 30
24 Petr Michl 31 Czech Republic CZE 1-14:40.0 18:17.0 42 36:55.6 32 55:54.4 25
25 Markus Hasler 30 Liechtenstein LIE 1-14:47.0 17:32.9 11 36:32.0 21 55:39.5 21
26 Zsolt Antal 29 Romania ROU 1-14:47.1 17:53.2 28 36:32.4 22 55:40.5 22
27 Hiroyuki Imai 31 Japan JPN 1-14:55.6 18:17.1 41 36:54.6 29 56:03.8 31
28 Patrick Mächler 29 Switzerland SUI 1-15:03.4 18:07.7 34 36:57.3 33 55:59.2 27
29 Dmitry Tishkin 22 Russia RUS 1-15:10.2 17:50.6 22 36:43.6 25 56:00.7 29
30 Masaaki Kozu 27 Japan JPN 1-15:32.4 18:32.7 50 36:54.5 30 56:00.2 28
31 Stephan Kunz 30 Liechtenstein LIE 1-15:56.8 18:19.3 47 37:05.0 36 56:45.9 36
32 Martin Bajčičák 25 Slovakia SVK 1-16:08.5 17:47.8 18 36:17.3 19 55:41.3 23
33 Tobias Angerer 24 Germany GER 1-16:13.1 17:48.3 19 36:44.5 27 56:05.4 32
34 Gion-Andrea Bundi 25 Switzerland SUI 1-16:19.6 18:18.6 45 37:42.1 45 57:08.1 41
35 Teemu Kattilakoski 24 Finland FIN 1-16:20.9 18:10.0 40 37:05.4 35 56:45.3 35
36 Niklas Jonsson 32 Sweden SWE 1-16:25.2 18:09.6 39 37:06.0 37 56:44.9 34
37 Maksim Odnodvortsev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-16:25.6 18:17.8 43 37:42.6 44 57:15.9 43
38 Wilhelm Aschwanden 32 Switzerland SUI 1-16:32.4 18:35.0 55 37:44.3 46 57:12.3 42
39 Patrick Rölli 29 Switzerland SUI 1-16:36.5 18:01.4 33 37:09.5 =38 56:57.7 38
40 Sami Repo 30 Finland FIN 1-16:48.2 17:52.7 27 36:52.7 28 56:49.2 37
41 Haritz Zunzunegui 26 Spain ESP 1-17:06.5 17:57.5 31 37:23.3 42 57:07.3 39
42 Katsuhito Ebisawa 29 Japan JPN 1-17:18.2 18:08.1 37 37:17.3 41 57:22.3 44
43 Jiří Magál 24 Czech Republic CZE 1-17:18.3 18:33.6 51 38:00.7 47 58:00.2 47
44 Denis Vorobyov 23 Belarus BLR 1-17:43.2 18:19.9 48 38:05.2 49 58:01.6 48
45 Donald Farley 31 Canada CAN 1-17:43.6 18:17.6 44 37:09.5 =38 57:07.5 40
46 Vladimir Bortsov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-17:47.5 18:34.9 54 38:08.5 51 57:59.7 46
47 Alexandre Rousselet 25 France FRA 1-18:01.3 18:08.9 38 37:15.1 40 57:45.0 45
48 Mitsuo Horigome 27 Japan JPN 1-18:06.3 17:56.6 30 36:55.1 31 56:30.5 33
49 Tor-Arne Hetland 28 Norway NOR 1-18:28.5 18:08.2 36 38:05.6 50 58:03.4 49
50 Roman Leibiuk 25 Ukraine UKR 1-18:52.3 18:34.4 53 38:01.2 48 58:15.0 50
51 Silvio Fauner 33 Italy ITA 1-19:43.9 18:08.4 35 38:19.8 52 59:09.0 53
52 Nikolay Semenyako 25 Belarus BLR 1-19:45.6 18:56.5 58 39:04.1 54 59:49.9 54
53 Aleksandr Sannikov 30 Belarus BLR 1-19:46.9 18:55.8 56 38:42.3 53 59:08.5 52
54 Lars Flora 24 United States USA 1-20:42.7 18:55.2 57 39:34.1 58 1-00:06.5 57
55 Park Byeong-Ju 22 South Korea KOR 1-20:57.5 19:15.6 62 39:21.3 55 1-00:00.3 55
56 Carl Swenson 31 United States USA 1-21:17.3 17:50.9 23 37:24.1 43 58:55.9 51
57 Vladislavas Zybaila 27 Lithuania LTU 1-21:27.1 19:14.5 60 39:33.6 57 1-00:03.5 56
58 Juris Ģērmanis 24 Latvia LAT 1-22:30.4 19:15.0 61 39:37.0 59 1-00:54.5 58
59 Shin Doo-Sun 25 South Korea KOR 1-23:03.0 19:50.1 65 41:00.8 62 1-01:41.2 59
60 Pavo Raudsepp 28 Estonia EST 1-23:08.3 19:45.7 64 40:35.4 61 1-01:45.7 60
61 Damir Jurčević 23 Croatia CRO 1-23:53.3 19:45.5 63 40:33.6 60 1-01:47.1 61
62 Aram Hadzhiyan 22 Armenia ARM 1-24:07.5 20:18.8 69 41:15.9 63 1-02:35.0 62
63 Vadim Gusevas 20 Lithuania LTU 1-24:26.3 20:03.9 66 41:23.1 64 1-02:59.0 63
64 Denis Klobučar 18 Croatia CRO 1-25:39.0 20:11.4 67 41:41.9 66 1-03:23.7 65
65 Han Dawei 24 China CHN 1-25:42.4 20:37.7 70 41:36.6 65 1-03:06.9 64
66 Zoltán Tagscherer 25 Hungary HUN 1-30:50.1 20:40.8 71 42:43.0 67 1-05:57.1 66
67 Ion Bucsa 33 Moldova MDA 1-32:48.9 22:11.4 74 45:05.8 68 1-08:12.3 67
68 Gjoko Dineski 29 Macedonia MKD 1-33:33.9 21:51.3 73 45:34.9 69 1-09:09.8 68
AC Per Elofsson 24 Sweden SWE 17:07.4 3 DNF
AC Morgan Göransson 29 Sweden SWE 18:18.0 46 39:24.7 56 DNF
AC Justin Wadsworth 33 United States USA 59:59.9 76 DNF
AC Sami Pietilä 26 Finland FIN 18:33.4 52 DNF
AC Christophe Perrillat-Collomb 23 France FRA 19:12.7 59 DNF
AC Jeong Ui-Myeong 20 South Korea KOR 21:05.6 72 DNF
AC Sabahattin Oğlago 17 Turkey TUR 20:12.3 68 47:41.4 70 DNF
AC Prawat Nagvajara 43 Thailand THA 30:22.9 75 DNF
AC Johann Mühlegg 31 Spain ESP [1-09:28.9] [16:50.5] AC [34:02.3] AC [51:43.6] AC DQ
AC Achim Walcher 34 Austria AUT [1-17:40.9] [17:49.9] AC [37:01.9] AC [57:01.8] AC DQ