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Cross Country Skiing at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Ski Jumping Stadium, Pragelato Plan
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006

Gold: EST Kristina Šmigun-Vähi
Silver: CZE Kateřina Neumannová
Bronze: RUS Yevgeniya Medvedeva

Summary

The event was changed again. In 2002 it was contested as 5 km classical followed by 5 km freestyle pursuit, but in 2006 both distances were increased to 7½ km. Also, while the event had previously been run with interval starts in the classical, it was now a mass start, a format that was first débuted internationally at the 2005 World Championships. The favorites were the gold and silver medalists from the 2005 World Championships, Russian Yuliya Chepalova and Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, along with the 2003 World Champion, Estonia’s Kristina Šmigun. The leader after the classical section was Slovenian Petra Majdič, but she was 13th in the freestyle pursuit, and placed 11th overall. The runner-up after classical was Šmigun, with Czech Kateřina Neumannová in third, but the margin between them was only 0.7 seconds. They would post the two best freestyle times with Šmigun edging out Neumannová for the gold medal by 1.9 seconds. The defending champion was Canada’s Beckie Scott, who took almost two years to win her gold medal because of drug disqualifications. She was seventh after classical, and briefly took the lead in the pursuit phase, but slowed near the end and placed sixth. The bronze medal went to Russia’s Yevgeniya Medvedeva, whose only previous international podium had come at the 2005 World Championships in the relay.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
1 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 28 Estonia EST Gold 42:48.7 20:24.9 2 36.5 30 21:47.2 1
2 Kateřina Neumannová 32 Czech Republic CZE Silver 42:50.6 20:25.6 3 33.0 8 21:51.9 2
3 Yevgeniya Medvedeva 29 Russia RUS Bronze 43:03.2 20:28.4 11 34.5 =16 22:00.1 3
4 Kristin Størmer Steira 24 Norway NOR 43:06.8 20:26.4 5 31.2 3 22:09.1 5
5 Gabriella Paruzzi 36 Italy ITA 43:18.9 20:26.5 6 33.3 9 22:19.0 6
6 Beckie Scott 31 Canada CAN 43:20.6 20:26.7 7 32.7 =4 22:21.1 8
7 Olga Zavyalova 33 Russia RUS 43:23.7 20:28.3 10 36.1 =23 22:19.3 7
8 Justyna Kowalczyk 23 Poland POL 43:25.6 20:27.4 8 36.2 =26 22:22.0 9
9 Yuliya Chepalova 29 Russia RUS 43:39.5 21:01.6 21 33.9 11 22:03.9 4
10 Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen 41 Norway NOR 43:40.5 20:26.0 4 34.1 12 22:40.4 10
11 Petra Majdič 26 Slovenia SLO 43:41.7 20:23.9 1 31.0 2 22:46.7 13
12 Svetlana Shishkina-Malakhova 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 44:00.0 20:40.8 15 34.2 =13 22:44.9 12
13 Riitta-Liisa Lassila-Roponen 27 Finland FIN 44:06.1 20:53.1 17 30.6 1 22:42.2 11
14 Valentyna Shevchenko 30 Ukraine UKR 44:13.6 20:37.0 13 35.6 20 23:00.9 14
15 Britta Johansson-Norgren 22 Sweden SWE 44:18.0 20:28.7 12 32.7 =4 23:16.5 19
16 Sara Renner 29 Canada CAN 44:30.9 20:27.8 9 32.9 =6 23:30.1 21
17 Sabina Valbusa 34 Italy ITA 44:44.7 20:52.9 16 39.6 43 23:12.1 16
18 Claudia Künzel-Nystad 28 Germany GER 44:48.1 21:04.9 24 36.1 =23 23:07.0 15
19 Kristin Mürer Stemland 25 Norway NOR 44:59.2 20:38.3 14 33.7 10 23:47.1 25
20 Karine Philippot 31 France FRA 45:06.5 20:53.4 18 35.7 21 23:37.3 22
21 Wang Chunli 22 China CHN 45:09.6 20:54.7 19 34.4 15 23:40.4 23
22 Antonella Confortola-Wyatt 30 Italy ITA 45:11.9 21:13.9 27 44.8 =60 23:13.1 18
23 Iva Janečková 21 Czech Republic CZE 45:33.5 21:14.7 28 34.6 18 23:44.2 24
24 Natascia Leonardi Cortesi 34 Switzerland SUI 45:34.3 21:00.9 20 37.8 38 23:55.5 28
25 Yelena Kolomina 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 45:44.1 21:04.4 23 38.8 40 24:00.8 30
26 Vita Yakymchuk 25 Ukraine UKR 45:48.1 21:58.1 39 37.1 36 23:12.8 17
27 Li Hongxue 21 China CHN 45:56.4 21:29.0 31 35.8 22 23:51.5 26
28 Stefanie Böhler 24 Germany GER 45:56.9 21:08.5 25 36.2 =26 24:12.0 35
29 Helena Balatková-Erbenová 27 Czech Republic CZE 45:57.0 21:30.6 32 34.5 =16 23:51.8 27
30 Sumiko Yokoyama 31 Japan JPN 45:58.6 21:19.1 29 32.9 =6 24:06.5 32
31 Elin Ek 32 Sweden SWE 46:02.7 21:02.3 22 43.9 59 24:16.4 39
32 Liu Yuanyuan 23 China CHN 46:18.5 22:18.0 48 41.5 49 23:18.9 20
33 Elina Pienimäki-Hietamäki 29 Finland FIN 46:20.5 21:47.7 35 36.1 =23 23:56.6 29
34 Kirsi Välimaa 27 Finland FIN 46:25.6 21:08.7 26 40.1 44 24:36.7 46
35 Masako Ishida 25 Japan JPN 46:37.7 21:28.6 30 36.6 31 24:32.4 45
36 Arianna Follis 28 Italy ITA 46:40.9 21:40.1 33 36.8 33 24:24.0 41
37 Yelena Burukhina 28 Russia RUS 46:42.9 21:47.4 34 42.4 55 24:13.1 38
38 Chizuru Soneta 27 Japan JPN 46:45.5 21:59.2 40 36.3 29 24:09.9 34
39 Maja Benedičič 24 Slovenia SLO 46:51.1 22:01.6 =42 40.6 47 24:08.8 33
40 Kateryna Hryhorenko 20 Ukraine UKR 46:55.2 22:15.9 46 35.0 19 24:04.2 31
41 Oksana Yatskaya 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 46:57.0 21:49.7 36 42.3 =53 24:24.9 42
42 Clare-Louise Brumley 28 Australia AUS 47:03.1 21:54.9 38 38.1 39 24:30.0 44
43 Yelena Sannikova 25 Belarus BLR 47:05.6 22:16.5 47 36.7 32 24:12.3 36
44 Lyudmila Korolik 30 Belarus BLR 47:07.2 22:09.3 44 44.8 =60 24:13.0 37
45 Tetiana Zavaliy-Antypenko 24 Ukraine UKR 47:18.7 22:14.6 45 37.3 37 24:26.7 43
46 Alena Procházková 21 Slovakia SVK 47:45.2 21:53.5 37 40.2 45 25:11.4 51
47 Anna-Karin Strömstedt 25 Sweden SWE 47:51.3 22:01.6 =42 36.2 =26 25:13.5 =52
48 Rebecca Dussault 25 United States USA 47:53.7 22:30.4 53 39.0 41 24:44.2 47
49 Yekaterina Rudakova-Bulavka 22 Belarus BLR 48:09.2 23:06.2 58 42.5 =56 24:20.4 40
50 Yevgeniya Voloshenko 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 48:17.2 22:19.6 50 42.5 =56 25:15.0 54
51 Olga Vasilyonok 25 Belarus BLR 48:20.4 22:19.2 49 41.7 50 25:19.4 55
52 Manuela Henkel 31 Germany GER 48:21.8 22:27.6 51 40.5 46 25:13.5 =52
53 Irina Terentjeva 21 Lithuania LTU 48:33.7 23:01.3 56 36.9 =34 24:55.4 49
54 Milaine Thériault 32 Canada CAN 48:38.9 22:01.2 41 41.1 48 25:56.5 58
55 Lindsey Weier 21 United States USA 48:45.0 22:30.0 52 42.2 52 25:32.6 56
56 Abby Larson 26 United States USA 48:47.5 23:19.2 60 39.4 42 24:48.8 48
57 Lee Chae-Won 24 South Korea KOR 49:01.2 23:18.7 59 46.2 64 24:56.3 50
58 Xu Yinghui 17 China CHN 49:47.3 22:35.3 54 42.3 =53 26:29.6 61
59 Monika Gyorgy 23 Romania ROU 50:15.3 23:02.2 57 36.9 =34 26:36.1 62
60 Chandra Crawford 22 Canada CAN 50:35.4 22:35.8 55 43.6 58 27:15.8 64
61 Laia Aubert 19 Spain ESP 50:41.3 24:03.5 61 34.2 =13 26:03.4 59
62 Lindsay Williams 21 United States USA 50:49.7 24:11.5 63 45.5 63 25:52.7 57
63 Laura Orgue 19 Spain ESP 51:16.5 24:13.0 64 42.0 51 26:21.4 60
64 Maja Kezele 26 Croatia CRO 51:36.3 24:04.7 62 45.0 62 26:46.4 63
AC Marit Bjørgen 25 Norway NOR DNF
AC Kelime Aydın-Çetinkaya 23 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Branka Kuzeljević 16 Serbia and Montenegro SCG DNF