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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 19, 2010
Date Finished: February 19, 2010

Gold: NOR Marit Bjørgen
Silver: SWE Anna Haag
Bronze: POL Justyna Kowalczyk

Summary

As in 2006, this event was no longer truly a pursuit. The competitors skied 7½ km using the classical technique, followed by a pit stop to change to shorter skis, and then skied 7½ km freestyle. Following her first gold medal in the Sprint event, Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, a four-time World Champion, was full of confidence and was among the leaders from the start. Charlotte Kalla (SWE), winner of the 10 km event, had an unfortunate fall towards the end of the classical section, and didn’t feature in the race thereafter. By the pit stop, seven skiers had broken away from the main field, led by Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland, who had been third at the 2009 World Championships. The lead group was then whittled down to four as the event came to its climax – Bjørgen, Saarinen, 2009 World Champion Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), and the runner-up at the 2009 Worlds, Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR). Going into the home straight Bjørgen had a comfortable lead, and took her second gold medal of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The contest for the remaining medals was much closer, with Anna Haag (SWE) taking the silver medal less than one second ahead of Kowalczyk, who won the bronze medal by the length of her foot, just defeating Størmer Steira, the official difference being 0.1 seconds. Defending gold medalist Kristina Šmigun-Vähi (EST) started the race, but did not finish. For Størmer Steira, this was her fourth fourth-place finish at the Olympics, after three fourths and a fifth in 2006. She would later win gold in Vancouver with the relay.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
1 Marit Bjørgen 29 Norway NOR Gold 39:58.1 21:00.8 1 25.8 =17 18:31.5 1
2 Anna Haag 23 Sweden SWE Silver 40:07.0 21:04.5 4 24.7 =12 18:37.8 2
3 Justyna Kowalczyk 27 Poland POL Bronze 40:07.4 21:02.2 3 23.2 5 18:42.0 4
4 Kristin Størmer Steira 28 Norway NOR 40:07.5 21:05.1 5 22.7 4 18:39.7 3
5 Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 31 Finland FIN 40:40.6 21:00.7 2 21.9 =1 19:18.0 7
6 Therese Johaug 21 Norway NOR 40:50.0 21:06.1 7 26.9 26 19:17.0 5
7 Marianna Longa 30 Italy ITA 41:02.2 21:05.5 6 23.1 6 19:33.6 14
8 Charlotte Kalla 22 Sweden SWE 41:18.5 21:26.4 8 24.6 =8 19:27.5 12
9 Arianna Follis 32 Italy ITA 41:21.6 21:26.0 9 21.9 =1 19:33.7 15
10 Sara Renner 33 Canada CAN 41:37.9 21:28.1 10 25.5 21 19:44.3 21
11 Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle 29 Germany GER 41:37.9 21:38.3 12 26.7 24 19:32.9 13
12 Olga Zavyalova 37 Russia RUS 41:38.3 21:35.7 11 26.6 28 19:36.0 16
13 Irina Khazova 25 Russia RUS 41:56.1 22:07.0 19 28.9 41 19:20.2 9
14 Valentyna Shevchenko 34 Ukraine UKR 41:58.7 22:06.6 17 24.5 =13 19:27.6 11
15 Riitta-Liisa Lassila-Roponen 31 Finland FIN 42:00.2 22:20.4 31 22.2 3 19:17.6 6
16 Silvia Rupil 24 Italy ITA 42:01.6 22:18.2 27 24.0 7 19:19.4 8
17 Barbara Jezeršek 23 Slovenia SLO 42:17.0 22:16.2 26 24.1 16 19:36.7 17
18 Sabina Valbusa 38 Italy ITA 42:19.4 22:11.0 23 26.8 =22 19:41.6 19
19 Karine Philippot 35 France FRA 42:21.2 22:11.5 22 24.5 =13 19:45.2 22
20 Masako Ishida 29 Japan JPN 42:24.3 21:57.8 14 24.7 =12 20:01.8 31
21 Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja 27 Finland FIN 42:24.4 22:20.8 30 24.6 =8 19:39.0 18
22 Nicole Fessel 26 Germany GER 42:25.1 22:30.3 35 28.3 43 19:26.5 10
23 Kamila Rajdlová 31 Czech Republic CZE 42:26.5 22:06.0 16 26.8 =22 19:53.7 25
24 Katrin Zeller 30 Germany GER 42:26.9 21:51.9 13 27.7 34 20:07.3 34
25 Svetlana Shishkina-Malakhova 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 42:27.1 22:19.2 28 25.6 18 19:42.3 20
26 Olga Rocheva 31 Russia RUS 42:30.5 22:07.5 18 29.1 =49 19:53.9 26
27 Laura Orgue 23 Spain ESP 42:38.3 22:15.2 25 26.5 32 19:56.6 27
28 Yelena Kolomina 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 42:48.4 22:22.5 33 27.9 39 19:58.0 29
29 Katerina Smutna 26 Austria AUT 42:50.3 22:19.7 29 28.0 44 20:02.6 32
30 Pirjo Muranen 28 Finland FIN 42:50.5 22:10.4 20 25.7 19 20:14.4 39
31 Tetiana Zavaliy-Antypenko 28 Ukraine UKR 42:50.7 22:21.2 32 30.4 58 19:59.1 30
32 Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 24 France FRA 42:51.7 21:59.8 15 42.9 62 20:09.0 35
33 Oksana Yatskaya 31 Kazakhstan KAZ 42:53.0 22:10.1 21 29.0 47 20:13.9 =37
34 Sylwia Jaśkowiec 23 Poland POL 42:54.8 22:30.0 34 28.6 45 19:56.2 28
35 Stefanie Böhler 28 Germany GER 43:17.9 22:12.0 24 26.2 =25 20:39.7 44
36 Li Hongxue 25 China CHN 43:24.3 22:44.1 38 26.3 =29 20:13.9 =37
37 Morgan Arritola 23 United States USA 43:25.9 23:06.6 42 28.8 42 19:50.5 24
38 Yelena Sannikova 29 Belarus BLR 43:33.7 22:34.5 36 27.1 38 20:32.1 42
39 Yevgeniya Medvedeva 33 Russia RUS 43:59.6 23:27.9 48 25.8 =17 20:05.9 33
40 Madeleine Williams 26 Canada CAN 44:11.2 23:09.3 43 29.2 51 20:32.7 43
41 Ida Ingemarsdotter 24 Sweden SWE 44:16.5 22:43.3 37 24.4 9 21:08.8 52
42 Caitlin Compton 29 United States USA 44:23.3 24:01.2 56 35.3 61 19:46.8 23
43 Tatjana Mannima 30 Estonia EST 44:24.2 23:01.9 41 28.7 =40 20:53.6 47
44 Cécile Storti 26 France FRA 44:24.3 23:41.7 53 30.0 =57 20:12.6 36
45 Vita Yakymchuk 29 Ukraine UKR 44:24.8 23:30.2 50 24.9 10 20:29.7 41
46 Daria Gaiazova 26 Canada CAN 44:35.9 23:00.6 39 30.1 56 21:05.2 51
47 Marina Matrosova 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 44:36.2 23:13.0 45 30.9 55 20:52.3 45
48 Émilie Vina 27 France FRA 44:45.0 23:01.1 40 27.3 37 21:16.6 55
49 Yekaterina Rudakova-Bulavka 26 Belarus BLR 44:50.5 24:01.8 55 26.1 30 20:22.6 40
50 Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová 24 Czech Republic CZE 44:52.8 23:23.9 47 29.1 =49 20:59.8 48
51 Paulina Maciuszek 24 Poland POL 44:56.6 23:23.0 46 33.4 60 21:00.2 49
52 Britta Johansson-Norgren 26 Sweden SWE 45:25.7 23:46.6 54 27.0 =33 21:12.1 53
53 Anastasiya Dubarezova 24 Belarus BLR 45:27.9 23:35.4 51 29.6 53 21:22.9 56
54 Monika Gyorgy 27 Romania ROU 45:37.5 24:18.9 58 26.2 =25 20:52.4 46
55 Holly Brooks 27 United States USA 45:38.8 23:38.2 52 28.7 =40 21:31.9 57
56 Perianne Jones 24 Canada CAN 45:48.7 23:30.6 49 27.0 =33 21:51.1 58
57 Liz Stephen 23 United States USA 45:53.8 24:21.3 59 27.2 36 21:05.3 50
58 Lee Chae-Won 28 South Korea KOR 47:34.6 25:48.9 61 29.9 48 21:15.8 54
59 Anja Eržen 17 Slovenia SLO 48:22.9 24:18.5 57 30.0 =57 23:34.4 61
60 Kelime Aydın-Çetinkaya 27 Turkey TUR 48:46.0 25:12.7 60 29.3 52 23:04.0 59
61 Antoniya Grigorova-Burgova 23 Bulgaria BUL 49:31.5 25:59.7 62 26.3 =29 23:05.5 60
AC Kornelia Marek-Kubińska 24 Poland POL [42:56.9] [22:17.7] AC [25.2] AC [20:14.0] AC DQ
AC Maryna Antsybor 22 Ukraine UKR 23:11.1 44 29.7 54 DNF
AC Vibeke Skofterud 29 Norway NOR DNF
AC Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 32 Estonia EST DNF
AC Kaija Udras 23 Estonia EST DNF