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

Women'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 9, 2002
Date Finished: February 9, 2002

Gold: ITA Stefania Belmondo
Silver: CZE Kateřina Neumannová
Bronze: RUS Yuliya Chepalova

Summary

This was the first 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 cross-country event in Salt Lake City, starting shortly before the men raced 30 km. The 2001 World Champion was Norway’s Bente Skari-Martinsen, who had been the dominant female cross-country racer over the past five years. But she elected not to contest this race in Salt Lake City, which left the event open.

The early leader in the race was Russian Yuliya Chepalova, but by 9 km, Italy’s Stefania Belmondo, the 1999 World Champion in the event, moved ahead, until her pole broke at 10.5 km. She dropped back to 10th place, but fortunately trailed the leader, Larisa Lazutina, by only 10 seconds. Belmondo was given a pole by a French official but it was very long, so she struggled for over 500 metres until an Italian coach gave her one of her own poles. She then powered ahead, caught Lazutina and won a narrow victory by 1.8 seconds. Behind them, Czech skier Kateřina Neumannová came in for the bronze medal. But Lazutina would not keep her silver medal. After the pursuit race, held six days later, she was found to have tested positive for darpopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue, and was disqualified in late 2003. Neumannová was moved up to silver, and Chepalova would get the bronze. At the 2003 World Championships, the event was won by the woman who wasn’t there, Bente Skari-Martinsen.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R T
1 Stefania Belmondo 33 Italy ITA Gold 5:42.3 3 20:10.9 2 31:17.0 9 39:54.4
2 Kateřina Neumannová 28 Czech Republic CZE Silver 5:41.7 2 20:11.5 3 31:10.9 4 40:01.3
3 Yuliya Chepalova 25 Russia RUS Bronze 5:40.4 1 20:10.5 1 31:09.2 1 40:02.7
4 Kaisa Varis 26 Finland FIN 5:45.0 7 20:13.7 8 31:11.2 5 40:04.1
5 Svetlana Nageykina 37 Belarus BLR 5:47.6 =13 20:15.3 11 31:12.6 7 40:17.9
6 Gabriella Paruzzi 32 Italy ITA 5:42.9 4 20:13.1 6 31:10.2 3 40:25.7
7 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 24 Estonia EST 5:46.8 11 20:16.5 12 31:14.1 8 40:33.6
8 Karine Philippot 27 France FRA 5:46.4 10 20:14.2 9 31:19.3 10 40:38.6
9 Iryna Taranenko-Terelia 35 Ukraine UKR 5:48.4 15 20:17.2 13 31:26.0 12 40:39.4
10 Sabina Valbusa 30 Italy ITA 5:43.7 5 20:12.6 4 31:09.7 2 40:48.3
11 Olga Zavyalova 29 Russia RUS 5:44.4 6 20:12.7 5 31:11.6 6 40:53.3
12 Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle 21 Germany GER 5:47.6 =13 20:14.6 10 31:34.3 13 40:57.6
13 Yelena Burukhina 24 Russia RUS 5:45.6 8 20:13.3 7 31:25.0 11 41:01.1
14 Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen 37 Norway NOR 5:47.1 12 20:22.7 14 32:09.1 14 41:47.8
15 Natascia Leonardi Cortesi 30 Switzerland SUI 5:53.1 26 20:51.4 15 32:32.3 16 41:56.3
16 Antonella Confortola-Wyatt 26 Italy ITA 5:57.9 32 20:53.8 =18 32:33.0 17 41:57.8
17T Vera Zyatikova 27 Belarus BLR 5:51.2 20 20:53.8 =18 32:31.5 15 42:04.5
17T Nataliya Zyatikova 27 Belarus BLR 5:50.3 17 20:53.3 17 32:37.4 19 42:04.5
19 Riitta-Liisa Lassila-Roponen 23 Finland FIN 5:54.5 27 20:52.8 16 32:45.2 25 42:14.3
20 Kateřina Hanušová-Nash 24 Czech Republic CZE 5:52.4 =22 20:55.6 23 32:37.3 18 42:15.7
21 Valentyna Shevchenko 26 Ukraine UKR 5:45.9 9 20:56.4 24 32:39.1 20 42:16.0
22 Sumiko Yokoyama 27 Japan JPN 5:58.4 34 21:03.5 25 32:41.3 21 42:16.2
23 Katrin Šmigun 22 Estonia EST 6:01.2 39 20:55.2 22 32:42.4 22 42:25.6
24 Annick Vaxelaire-Pierrel 27 France FRA 5:59.1 36 20:54.5 20 32:44.0 23 42:26.7
25 Oksana Yatskaya 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 5:49.4 16 20:54.7 21 32:44.4 24 42:46.0
26 Claudia Künzel-Nystad 24 Germany GER 5:51.0 19 21:10.2 31 33:23.6 31 42:49.5
27 Kanoko Goto 26 Japan JPN 5:53.0 =24 21:09.4 30 33:14.5 29 42:50.4
28 Vibeke Skofterud 21 Norway NOR 5:50.4 18 21:07.7 27 33:13.9 28 42:50.9
29 Nina Kemppel 31 United States USA 5:57.3 31 21:07.8 28 33:13.8 27 42:53.1
30 Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek 28 Sweden SWE 5:59.0 35 21:09.3 29 33:14.8 30 42:53.8
31 Brigitte Albrecht-Loretan 31 Switzerland SUI 5:51.8 21 21:07.4 26 33:13.0 26 42:54.4
32 Nataša Lačen 30 Slovenia SLO 6:26.2 52 21:46.0 38 33:33.7 33 43:05.0
33 Svetlana Shishkina-Malakhova 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 5:58.3 33 21:29.2 33 33:32.8 32 43:05.1
34 Amanda Fortier 23 Canada CAN 6:05.7 42 21:54.6 40 33:48.5 34 43:38.7
35 Anke Reschwamm-Schulze 29 Germany GER 5:53.0 =24 21:17.6 32 34:12.3 40 43:53.1
36 Anna Dahlberg-Olsson 25 Sweden SWE 5:55.8 29 21:40.9 36 34:11.4 39 43:53.7
37 Jaime Fortier 25 Canada CAN 6:07.1 45 21:52.9 39 33:54.5 35 43:54.0
38 Elin Ek 28 Sweden SWE 5:59.8 37 21:40.1 35 34:06.0 37 43:55.3
39 Jenny Olsson 22 Sweden SWE 5:55.6 28 21:44.9 37 34:10.6 38 43:57.7
40 Nataliya Sviridova-Kalinovskaya 24 Belarus BLR 6:06.4 43 21:29.9 34 33:56.3 36 44:09.2
41 Helena Balatková-Erbenová 23 Czech Republic CZE 6:00.6 38 21:55.5 43 34:19.2 41 44:17.8
42 Midori Furusawa 27 Japan JPN 6:05.0 41 21:55.2 42 34:27.5 42 44:41.8
43 Barb Jones 25 United States USA 6:08.3 46 22:08.1 44 34:53.7 43 45:04.3
44 Vita Yakymchuk 21 Ukraine UKR 6:15.6 48 22:39.3 49 35:30.7 46 45:26.7
45 Darya Starostina 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:19.0 51 22:36.1 48 35:17.7 44 45:28.8
46 Lee Chae-Won 20 South Korea KOR 6:18.4 50 22:35.4 47 35:18.5 45 45:37.9
47 Hou Yuxia 22 China CHN 6:27.6 54 22:46.0 52 35:31.7 47 45:42.2
48 Irina Terentjeva 17 Lithuania LTU 6:18.0 49 22:45.8 51 35:39.5 48 45:45.4
49 Nataliya Isachenko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 6:12.0 47 22:43.0 50 35:43.1 49 45:51.4
50 Marit Bjørgen 21 Norway NOR 6:49.0 58 23:49.3 57 36:59.1 52 47:07.4
51 Ilona Bublová 24 Czech Republic CZE 6:06.6 44 22:51.3 53 36:31.2 50 47:31.8
52 Luan Zhengrong 27 China CHN 6:29.3 55 23:19.8 54 36:55.8 51 47:43.7
53 Kristina Joder 23 United States USA 6:26.3 53 23:42.2 55 37:14.4 53 48:06.0
54 Maja Kezele 22 Croatia CRO 6:34.3 56 23:46.9 56 37:39.6 54 48:43.1
AC Margarita Nikolyan 27 Armenia ARM [7:38.3] AC [26:53.1] AC [41:55.3] AC DQ
AC Maj Helen Sorkmo 32 Norway NOR 5:56.6 30 21:54.7 41 DNF
AC Annmari Viljanmaa 28 Finland FIN 5:52.4 =22 22:15.0 46 DNF
AC Nobuko Fukuda 21 Japan JPN 6:04.1 40 22:12.6 45 DNF
AC Elena Gorohova 29 Moldova MDA 6:43.1 57 DNF
AC Larisa Lazutina 36 Russia RUS [5:41.0] AC [20:12.1] AC [31:08.2] AC [39:56.2] DQ