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Cross Country Skiing at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Ski Jumping Stadium, Pragelato Plan
Date Started: February 22, 2006
Date Finished: February 22, 2006
Format: Final standings based on time achieved in last round competed in.

Gold: SWE Björn Lind
Silver: FRA Roddy Darragon
Bronze: SWE Thobias Fredriksson

Summary

This was the second Olympic sprint competition, as it was first held in 2002 at Salt Lake City. The format was slightly different, however, In 2002, 16 skiiers qualified for four quarter-finals of four skiers each. But in Torino, 30 skiiers advanced to five quarter-finals of six racers, with two advancing in each quarter to two semi-finals of five skiers. The final was again contested by four skiers, two advancing from each semi. The defending champion was Tor-Arne Hetland and he was favored, having also won the 2001 World Championship, and a bronze medal in 2003 and silver in 2005 at the Worlds. The qualifying leader was Sweden’s Björn Lind, who had finished fourth, and last, in the 2002 Olympic final. In the semi-final he met Hetland, but Hetland fell while attempting to pass Lind, and did not qualify.

The final was highly competitive. It had Lind, Cristian Zorzi, the 2002 bronze medalist, and Thobias Fredriksson, the 2003 World Champion and bronze medalist at the 2005 Worlds, along with one surprise, France’s Roddy Darragon, who had qualified only 10th and had little international record of note. But it was Darragon who challenged Lind, as Zorzi struggled. Lind won by a length over Darragon with Fredriksson getting up for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Björn Lind 27 Sweden SWE Gold
2 Roddy Darragon 22 France FRA Silver
3 Thobias Fredriksson 30 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Cristian Zorzi 33 Italy ITA
5 Freddy Schwienbacher 30 Italy ITA
6 Loris Frasnelli 26 Italy ITA
7 Johan Kjølstad 22 Norway NOR
8 Anti Saarepuu 22 Estonia EST
9 Ola Vigen Hattestad 23 Norway NOR
10 Tor-Arne Hetland 32 Norway NOR
11 Vasily Rochev 25 Russia RUS
12 Mikael Östberg 28 Sweden SWE
13 Peter Larsson 27 Sweden SWE
14 Yevgeny Koshevoy 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
15 Martin Koukal 27 Czech Republic CZE
16 Andy Newell 22 United States USA
17 Trond Iversen 29 Norway NOR
18 Renato Pasini 28 Italy ITA
19 Janusz Krężelok 31 Poland POL
20 Martin Stockinger 22 Austria AUT
21 Chris Cook 25 United States USA
22 Dušan Kožíšek 22 Czech Republic CZE
23 Keijo Kurttila 30 Finland FIN
24 Harald Wurm 21 Austria AUT
25 Sergey Novikov 25 Russia RUS
26 Yuichi Onda 25 Japan JPN
27 Lauri Pyykönen 27 Finland FIN
28 Ivan Alypov 23 Russia RUS
29 Lefteris Fafalis 29 Greece GRE
30 Christoph Eigenmann 26 Switzerland SUI
31 Drew Goldsack 24 Canada CAN
32 Sean Crooks 22 Canada CAN
33 Maciej Kreczmer 24 Poland POL
34 Pavel Korostelyov 27 Russia RUS
35 Nikolay Chebotko 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
36 Torin Koos 25 United States USA
37 Devon Kershaw 23 Canada CAN
38 Peeter Kümmel 23 Estonia EST
39 Nejc Brodar 23 Slovenia SLO
40 Ivan Bilosiuk 22 Ukraine UKR
41 Priit Narusk 28 Estonia EST
42 Vitaliy Martsiv 22 Ukraine UKR
43 Shunsuke Komamura 26 Japan JPN
44 Zoltán Tagscherer 29 Hungary HUN
45 Yevgeny Safonov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
46 Lars Flora 28 United States USA
47 Phil Widmer 22 Canada CAN
48 Zhang Chengye 23 China CHN
49 Martin Otčenáš 18 Slovakia SVK
50 Oļegs Maļuhins 36 Latvia LAT
51 Paul Murray 28 Australia AUS
52 Aleksandr Lazutkin 22 Belarus BLR
53 Tian Ye 23 China CHN
54 Aivar Rehemaa 23 Estonia EST
55 Sergey Cherepanov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
56 Jože Mehle 25 Slovenia SLO
57 Oliver Kraas 30 South Africa RSA
58 Zhang Qing 25 China CHN
59 Aleksejus Novoselskis 21 Lithuania LTU
60 Damir Jurčević 27 Croatia CRO
61 Sami Jauhojärvi 24 Finland FIN
62 Mykhailo Humeniak 25 Ukraine UKR
63 Park Byeong-Ju 26 South Korea KOR
64 Muhammet Kızılarslan 19 Turkey TUR
65 Zsolt Antal 33 Romania ROU
66 Oleksandr Putsko 24 Ukraine UKR
67 Sabahattin Oğlago 21 Turkey TUR
68 Valts Eiduks 19 Latvia LAT
69 Mihai Galiceanu 23 Romania ROU
70 Chen Haibin 21 China CHN
71 Ivan Bayrakov 22 Bulgaria BUL
72 Intars Spalviņš 25 Latvia LAT
73 Denis Klobučar 22 Croatia CRO
74 Oļegs Andrejevs 25 Latvia LAT
75 Alen Abramović 29 Croatia CRO
76 Jeong Ui-Myeong 24 South Korea KOR
77 Ilie Bria 16 Moldova MDA
78 Bahadur Gurung Gupta 29 India IND
79 Hovhannes Sargsyan 18 Armenia ARM
80 Edmond Khachatryan 22 Armenia ARM