Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): Palavela, Torino
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 22, 2006
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final.
South Korea and China were clearly the dominant nations in the women's sport in recent years, but they had been bested by Canada at the last World Championships. It was therefore no surprise that these three countries advanced to the relay final. The fourth country was, rather unexpectedly, home nation Italy.
The race was an interesting fight. China led most of the way, but 500 m winner [Wang Meng] bumped Canada's [Kalyna Roberge] halfway through the race – a move that would eventually cause the Chinese to be disqualified. With anchorwoman [Jin Seon-Yu], the South Koreans then secured their fourth consecutive gold medal in the event, and their fourth of an eventual six in short track at the Torino Games. The Canadians placed second, ahead of China and, well-behind, Italy. But as the Chinese women were relegated, this left a surprise bronze for the home team, much to the delight of the audience.