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

Women'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: RUS Yuliya Chepalova
Silver: GER Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
Bronze: NOR Anita Moen-Guidon

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 qualifying round was led by Czech Kateřina Neumannová, the World Cup leader in the event in 2001-02, with Russian Yuliya Chepalova in second. Chepalova had won an Olympic individual medal, the 30 km in 1998, but had now elected to contest the sprint as well. Neumannová surprisingly went out in the quarter-final, while Chepalova advanced to the final, which seemingly offered little competition, as the other finalists had no sprint reputation. Chepalova was expected to win and she did so fairly easily, defeating Germany’s Evi Sachenbacher, who had qualified third, by 1.6 seconds, a big margin in a sprint.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuliya Chepalova 25 Russia RUS Gold
2 Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle 21 Germany GER Silver
3 Anita Moen-Guidon 34 Norway NOR Bronze
4 Claudia Künzel-Nystad 24 Germany GER
5 Beckie Scott 27 Canada CAN
6 Maj Helen Sorkmo 32 Norway NOR
7 Andreja Mali 24 Slovenia SLO
8 Gabriella Paruzzi 32 Italy ITA
9 Sara Renner 25 Canada CAN
10 Anke Reschwamm-Schulze 29 Germany GER
11 Lyubov Yegorova 35 Russia RUS
12 Madoka Natsumi 23 Japan JPN
13 Kateřina Neumannová 28 Czech Republic CZE
14 Elina Pienimäki-Hietamäki 25 Finland FIN
15 Manuela Henkel 27 Germany GER
16 Yelena Burukhina 24 Russia RUS
17 Sabina Valbusa 30 Italy ITA
18 Kati Sundqvist-Venäläinen 26 Finland FIN
19 Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen 37 Norway NOR
20 Nina Gavrylyuk 36 Russia RUS
21 Vibeke Skofterud 21 Norway NOR
22 Magda Genuin 22 Italy ITA
23 Kaisa Varis 26 Finland FIN
24 Viktoriya Lopatina 20 Belarus BLR
25 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 24 Estonia EST
26 Karin Moroder 27 Italy ITA
27 Andrea Huber 26 Switzerland SUI
28 Lina Andersson 20 Sweden SWE
29 Iryna Taranenko-Terelia 35 Ukraine UKR
30 Jaime Fortier 25 Canada CAN
31 Milaine Thériault 28 Canada CAN
32 Nataša Lačen 30 Slovenia SLO
33 Anna Dahlberg-Olsson 25 Sweden SWE
34 Teja Gregorin 21 Slovenia SLO
35 Elin Ek 28 Sweden SWE
36 Riitta-Liisa Lassila-Roponen 23 Finland FIN
37 Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek 28 Sweden SWE
38 Tessa Benoit 24 United States USA
39 Nobuko Fukuda 21 Japan JPN
40 Hou Yuxia 22 China CHN
41 Vita Yakymchuk 21 Ukraine UKR
42 Helena Balatková-Erbenová 23 Czech Republic CZE
43 Ilona Bublová 24 Czech Republic CZE
44 Kikkan Randall 19 United States USA
45 Nataliya Sviridova-Kalinovskaya 24 Belarus BLR
46 Aelin Peterson 27 United States USA
47 Tomomi Otaka 25 Japan JPN
48T Kristina Joder 23 United States USA
48T Irina Terentjeva 17 Lithuania LTU
50 Luan Zhengrong 27 China CHN
51 Nataliya Isachenko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
52 Lee Chae-Won 20 South Korea KOR
53 Darya Starostina 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
54 Zsófia Gottschall 23 Hungary HUN
55 Elena Gorohova 29 Moldova MDA
56 Kelime Aydın-Çetinkaya 19 Turkey TUR
57 Katerina Balkaba 19 Greece GRE
58 Margarita Nikolyan 27 Armenia ARM