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Biathlon at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's 12.5 kilometres Mass Start

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Cesana San Sicario
Date Started: February 25, 2006
Date Finished: February 25, 2006
Format: Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: SWE Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek
Silver: GER Kati Wilhelm
Bronze: GER Uschi Disl

Summary

A mass start was first held at the World Championships in 1999. Only 30 biathletes are allowed to start, based on World Cup points. The skiers have four shooting stations, shooting five shots at each, with each missed target forcing the biathlete to ski a penalty loop. A lapped skier must withdraw from the race. The 2005 World Champion was Norway’s Gro Marit Istad Kristiansen who did not qualify for the race based on her World Cup points. The runner-up in 2005 had been Sweden’s Anna-Carin Olofsson, who had already won a silver medal in Torino in the sprint. A former cross-country skier, she took the lead early, and was never headed, missing only one target during the race, and winning Sweden’s first biathlon gold since the first Olympic biathlon event in 1960, won by Klas Lestander. Kati Wilhelm, who had won the pursuit a week before, narrowed the gap to 9.6 seconds but Olofsson pulled away on the final lap. Wilhelm would win silver, followed by her teammate Uschi Disl. For Disl, this was her final attempt to win an individual gold medal in her fifth Winter Olympics. Disl would finish her career with nine Olympic medals, the most ever for women, with two relay gold medals, four silvers and three bronzes. At the World Championships she won 19 medals, including eight golds. Wilhelm was still active going into Vancouver in 2010, placing second in the 2008-09 World Cup. Through 2009 she had won 13 World Championship medals, including five golds. At the Olympics, she had won three gold and three silver medals, three in Salt Lake City, and three in Torino.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M S1M S1T S1R S2M S2T S2R S3M S3T S3R S4M S4T S4R
1 Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek 32 Sweden SWE Gold 40:36.5 1 0 8:28.5 1 0 16:43.1 2 0 25:00.7 1 1 33:36.3 1
2 Kati Wilhelm 29 Germany GER Silver 40:55.3 1 0 8:28.1 2 0 16:42.7 1 1 25:25.1 2 0 33:45.9 2
3 Uschi Disl 35 Germany GER Bronze 41:18.4 3 1 8:55.0 9 0 17:01.0 3 1 25:47.2 3 1 34:29.5 6
4 Martina Glagow-Beck 26 Germany GER 41:33.6 2 1 8:55.9 10 0 17:11.4 6 1 25:58.3 4 0 34:15.3 3
5 Florence Baverel-Robert 31 France FRA 41:40.5 2 1 9:11.4 14 1 17:53.2 13 0 26:04.3 6 0 34:18.6 4
6 Olga Nazarova 28 Belarus BLR 41:50.5 1 0 8:49.6 6 0 17:10.4 5 1 26:00.8 5 0 34:27.7 5
7 Liu Xianying 28 China CHN 41:57.2 2 0 9:00.2 11 0 17:19.0 8 1 26:12.9 8 1 34:53.5 7
8 Ekaterina Dafovska 30 Bulgaria BUL 42:09.4 3 1 9:12.5 15 1 17:55.0 14 0 26:08.7 7 1 34:53.6 8
9 Albina Akhatova 29 Russia RUS 42:19.5 2 2 9:48.3 22 0 18:15.6 16 0 26:37.3 14 0 35:00.1 9
10 Sandrine Bailly 26 France FRA 42:21.5 4 0 8:31.1 3 1 17:14.4 7 2 26:25.5 9 1 35:12.0 11
11 Michela Ponza 26 Italy ITA 42:21.6 1 0 8:51.1 7 1 17:52.8 12 0 26:27.5 10 0 35:03.0 10
12 Svetlana Ishmuratova 33 Russia RUS 42:33.5 4 2 9:40.8 20 0 17:58.0 15 2 27:06.7 17 0 35:25.8 15
13 Andrea Henkel 28 Germany GER 42:41.5 3 1 9:00.7 12 0 17:26.5 11 2 26:50.1 15 0 35:23.9 14
14 Linda Tjørhom 26 Norway NOR 42:46.5 3 0 8:48.1 5 0 17:05.3 4 2 26:29.3 11 1 35:22.0 13
15 Olga Zaytseva 27 Russia RUS 42:58.3 1 0 8:45.6 4 0 17:20.7 9 1 26:35.0 13 0 35:17.6 12
16 Yelena Zubrilova-Ogurtsova 32 Belarus BLR 43:12.3 4 2 9:49.9 23 0 18:16.4 17 0 26:31.8 12 2 35:47.7 16
17 Liliya Yefremova 28 Ukraine UKR 43:21.0 6 1 9:10.0 13 2 18:21.1 18 2 27:21.1 18 1 36:11.0 18
18 Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée 31 Norway NOR 43:43.8 4 1 8:54.6 8 0 17:21.0 10 2 26:51.0 16 1 35:53.3 17
19 Teja Gregorin 25 Slovenia SLO 43:51.4 4 1 9:25.8 17 2 18:59.5 21 0 27:39.5 20 1 36:39.5 21
20 Madara Līduma 23 Latvia LAT 43:52.7 5 1 9:18.1 16 2 18:37.6 19 1 27:29.2 19 1 36:32.0 19
21 Natalia Levcencova 28 Moldova MDA 44:21.8 2 1 9:30.3 18 1 18:48.2 20 0 27:43.5 21 0 36:38.8 20
22 Sun Ribo 29 China CHN 44:29.3 7 2 9:46.9 21 2 19:09.8 22 3 28:57.2 24 0 37:22.5 24
23 Kong Yingchao 23 China CHN 44:45.0 3 2 10:00.4 24 1 19:23.6 23 0 28:12.9 22 0 37:03.9 22
24 Nataliya Guseva 23 Russia RUS 44:55.1 5 2 9:39.4 19 3 19:57.0 26 0 28:34.1 23 0 37:15.6 23
25 Tora Berger 24 Norway NOR 45:23.2 3 1 10:39.3 28 1 20:10.8 27 1 30:24.6 26 0 40:38.3 25
26 Sylvie Becaert 30 France FRA 45:38.4 6 1 11:00.9 30 1 21:04.4 29 2 30:56.6 28 2 41:06.9 26
27 Delphine Peretto 24 France FRA 45:39.9 5 3 10:06.4 26 0 19:50.3 24 0 30:28.4 27 2 41:19.9 28
28 Hou Yuxia 26 China CHN 45:40.1 10 3 10:05.8 25 1 19:51.4 25 2 30:13.7 25 4 41:10.7 27
29 Magdalena Gwizdoń 26 Poland POL 45:59.5 5 0 10:50.1 29 2 21:09.6 30 2 31:12.2 29 1 41:46.3 29
30 Krystyna Pałka 22 Poland POL 46:31.5 3 1 10:33.7 27 2 20:13.2 28 0 31:42.0 30 0 42:25.2 30