Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 23, 2010
Date Finished: February 23, 2010
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
The teams from Russia, Germany and France were in close contention to the half way stage but, on the third leg, [Olga Medvedtseva] made no shooting errors and took a lead of 44.8 seconds into the final leg. Behind them, the German team, minus Magdalena Neuner who had given up her place to her friend [Martina Beck], had a lead of 20.2 seconds ahead of France after Marie Dorin had missed 4 targets in her leg. [Olga Zaitseva] , despite missing 3 targets in the final leg, brought the Russian team home in the time of 1-09:36.3 to win the gold medal comfortably. A good leg from Sandrine Bailly saw her overtake Andrea Henkel in the last leg to win the silver medal for France ahead of Germany. The Russian victory was not without controversy. Olga Medvedtseva, then competing under the name Olga Pylyova, had been an Olympic champion in Salt Lake City but was thrown out of the 2006 Winter Games after testing positive for the drug Carphedon which is claimed to increase physical stamina and tolerance to cold. The Russian biathlon programme had been in turmoil over the previous few years following a number of positive tests by some of the nation’s leading athletes.