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

Men's Sprint

Cross Country Skiing at the 2002 Winter Games: Next Winter Games

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 19, 2002
Date Finished: February 19, 2002
Format: Final standings based on time achieved in last round competed in.

Gold: NOR Tor-Arne Hetland
Silver: GER Peter Schlickenrieder
Bronze: ITA Cristian Zorzi

Summary

The sprint event was new to the Olympic Program in 2002, having first been contested at the 2001 World Championships. It consisted of approximately a 1,500 metre course, with a qualifying round in which the 16 fastest skiers advanced to match racing. Match racing began with four quarter-finals of four racers each, with the top two races in each heat advancing in each round, to get to a final of four racers. The favorites were Italy’s Cristian Zorzi, the leader in the event in the 2001-02 World Cup season and runner-up at the 2001 World Championships, and Norwegian Tor-Arne Hetland, the 2001 World Champion, who had twice finished second to Zorzi in the current World Cup chase. Both qualified easily for match racing, with Zorzi second and Hetland sixth, as the qualifying leader was Norway’s Håvard Bjerkeli. Bjerkeli finished last in his quarter-final, but Zorzi and Hetland both advanced. In the semis, they were matched together, with Zorzi narrowly winning, as both recorded 2:59.9. The final was a close race between the two and Germany’s Peter Schlickenrieder. Hetland sat on their tails for most of the race, but sprinted ahead 100 metres from the line to win the gold medal, Schlickenrieder edging Zorzi for the silver. Zorzi’s nickname was Zorro and he wore a Zorro outfit on the podium for the medal ceremony.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tor-Arne Hetland 28 Norway NOR Gold
2 Peter Schlickenrieder 31 Germany GER Silver
3 Cristian Zorzi 29 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Björn Lind 23 Sweden SWE
5 Freddy Schwienbacher 26 Italy ITA
6 Trond Iversen 25 Norway NOR
7 Tobias Angerer 24 Germany GER
8 Hannu Manninen 23 Finland FIN
9 Janusz Krężelok 27 Poland POL
10 Martin Koukal 23 Czech Republic CZE
11 Matej Soklič 28 Slovenia SLO
12 Markus Hasler 30 Liechtenstein LIE
13 Håvard Bjerkeli 24 Norway NOR
14 Silvio Fauner 33 Italy ITA
15 Trond Einar Elden 31 Norway NOR
16 Sergey Novikov 21 Russia RUS
17 Thobias Fredriksson 26 Sweden SWE
18 Christoph Eigenmann 22 Switzerland SUI
19 René Sommerfeldt 27 Germany GER
20 Ari Palolahti 33 Finland FIN
21 Sami Repo 30 Finland FIN
22 Stephan Kunz 30 Liechtenstein LIE
23 Reinhard Neuner 33 Austria AUT
24 Jörgen Brink 27 Sweden SWE
25 Keijo Kurttila 26 Finland FIN
26 Roman Virolaynen 20 Belarus BLR
27 Fulvio Valbusa 32 Italy ITA
28 Vasily Rochev 21 Russia RUS
29 Carl Swenson 31 United States USA
30 Vitaly Denisov 25 Russia RUS
31 Dmitry Tishkin 22 Russia RUS
32 Indrek Tobreluts 25 Estonia EST
33 Nikolay Chebotko 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
34 Pavo Raudsepp 28 Estonia EST
35 Torin Koos 21 United States USA
36 Lars Flora 24 United States USA
37 Daichi Azegami 27 Japan JPN
38 Priit Narusk 24 Estonia EST
39 Zoltán Tagscherer 25 Hungary HUN
40 Lefteris Fafalis 25 Greece GRE
41 Kris Freeman 21 United States USA
42 Denis Krivushkin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
43 Donald Farley 31 Canada CAN
44 Roman Leibiuk 25 Ukraine UKR
45 Zsolt Antal 29 Romania ROU
46 Masaaki Kozu 27 Japan JPN
47 Damir Jurčević 23 Croatia CRO
48 Imre Tagscherer 29 Hungary HUN
49 Vladimir Bortsov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
50 Maksim Odnodvortsev 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
51 Han Dawei 24 China CHN
52 Vadim Gusevas 20 Lithuania LTU
53 Vladislavas Zybaila 27 Lithuania LTU
54 Aleksey Tregubov 30 Belarus BLR
55 Denis Vorobyov 23 Belarus BLR
56 Shin Doo-Sun 25 South Korea KOR
57 Aleksandr Shalak 22 Belarus BLR
58 Slavcho Batinkov 32 Bulgaria BUL
59 Matyás Holló 24 Hungary HUN
60 Sabahattin Oğlago 17 Turkey TUR
61 Ivan Bayrakov 18 Bulgaria BUL
62 Aram Hadzhiyan 22 Armenia ARM
63 Gjoko Dineski 29 Macedonia MKD
64 Philip Boit 30 Kenya KEN
65 Isaac Menyoli 29 Cameroon CMR
66 Prawat Nagvajara 43 Thailand THA
67 Arturo Kinch 45 Costa Rica CRC
68 Paul O'Connor 43 Ireland IRL
69 Jay Khadka 29 Nepal NEP
AC Marc Mayer 23 Austria AUT DQ
AC Peter Larsson 23 Sweden SWE DQ