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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's Team Sprint

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 22, 2010
Date Finished: February 22, 2010
Format: Two-man teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.

Gold: NOR Norway
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: RUS Russia

Summary

Norway had won the 2009 World Championship, but that team was Ola Vigen Hattestad and Johan Kjølstad, while in Vancouver they were represented by Petter Northug and Øystein Pettersen, as Pettersen stood in for Hattestad, who withdew on the morning of the race with a sore throat. The drama in this event started in the second semi-final heat when Teodor Peterson (SWE) slipped and broke his ski pole in the closing stages, thus eliminating Sweden, one of the favorites, when they could only finish eighth. The drama didn’t finish there as Leonid Korneyenko (BLR), leading in the approach to the finish line, took the wrong course, which resulted in the elimination of the Belarus team. The final itself was also exciting, coming down to Germany, Russia, and Norway contesting the race for the medals. Axel Teichmann (GER) made a break for home on the last lap, only to be caught by Aleksey Petukhov (RUS) and Norway’s Northug. Just before the final straight Northug overtook and pulled away from the other two skiers to win relatively comfortably. In a close contest for the silver and bronze medals, Teichmann just held on from Petukhov to claim the silver medal by 0.2 seconds. Northug was the men’s cross-country star in Vancouver, winning two golds and four medals.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Norway NOR Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Canada CAN
5 Kazakhstan KAZ
6 Czech Republic CZE
7 France FRA
8 Italy ITA
9 United States USA
10 Finland FIN
11 Switzerland SUI
12 Poland POL
13 Japan JPN
14 Slovakia SVK
15 Sweden SWE
16 Estonia EST
17 Romania ROU
18 Lithuania LTU
19 China CHN
20 Australia AUS
AC Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Belarus BLR DNF