Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Ski Jumping Stadium, Pragelato Plan
Date Started: February 14, 2006
Date Finished: February 14, 2006
Format: Two-man teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
This event had débuted at the World Championships only in 2005, and was making its first Olympic appearance in Torino. The Olympic format consisted of teams of two skiers, skiing six legs of about 1,500 metres. In theory a skier could ski between three to six legs, but in reality, all teams alternated legs, with each sprinter skiing three legs. The event consists of a semi-final round advancing teams to a final of 10 teams. At Torino the event was skied classically, while in Oberstdorf, at the 2005 Worlds, it had been a freestyle event. The medalists in 2005 had been Norway, Germany, and the Czech Republic, in that order. The 2006 Olympic semi-final heats were won by Sweden and Norway. The final was close between those two teams and Russia, with Sweden winning narrowly over Norway when Björn Lind sprinted ahead in the final 100 metres, with Russia taking the bronze medal.