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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's 30 kilometres

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 27, 2010
Date Finished: February 27, 2010

Gold: POL Justyna Kowalczyk
Silver: NOR Marit Bjørgen
Bronze: FIN Aino-Kaisa Saarinen

Summary

There was some controversy prior to the race when Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) raised questions about the legality of asthma drugs taken by her main rival Marit Bjørgen (NOR), although some commentators were reminded of Kowalczyk’s ban for drug related offenses in 2005. She had come back to win the 2009 World Championships in the event, had also won the distance World Cup in 2008-09, and was leading that competition coming into Vancouver, narrowly ahead of Bjørgen. At 20 km there will still a number of skiers in contention, but after ski changes Kowalczyk and Bjørgen began to pull away from the field, until only these two were in contention for the gold and silver. Bjørgen made the first move, pulling ahead of Kowalczyk with a few kilometres to go and gaining around a 6-second advantage, but the lead was never decisive and Kowalczyk caught up with her on the final climb. It then came down to a sprint to the line which Kowalczyk won, covering the course in a time of 1-30:33.7, just 0.3 seconds ahead of Bjørgen. The bronze medal was won by Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (FIN), her finishing time being over a minute behind the other medallists, but comfortably ahead of fourth placed Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle (GER). After the race, Kowalczyk apologized to Bjørgen for her accusations, “I am sorry, because it wasn’t such a good time for such a question and opinion. It wasn’t an attack on Marit. She is a very good athlete, but I was trying to talk about the asthma problem we have in cross-country, there are a lot of athletes sick with asthma.” Bjørgen also addressed the issue after the race, “That annoyed me a little bit, but for me it’s already yesterday’s news. I was a little bit disappointed in the beginning when she started this, but I have to forget it.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1 Justyna Kowalczyk 27 Poland POL Gold 1-30:33.7 22:27.5 5 46:37.0 1 1-08:56.0 2
2 Marit Bjørgen 29 Norway NOR Silver 1-30:34.0 22:29.7 8 46:39.8 6 1-08:50.7 1
3 Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 31 Finland FIN Bronze 1-31:38.7 22:27.0 4 46:37.4 2 1-09:01.1 3
4 Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle 29 Germany GER 1-31:52.9 22:29.6 9 46:52.0 11 1-09:10.9 5
5 Masako Ishida 29 Japan JPN 1-31:56.5 22:40.6 26 46:39.1 5 1-09:28.0 9
6 Charlotte Kalla 22 Sweden SWE 1-31:57.6 22:26.3 2 46:38.4 4 1-09:10.2 6
7 Therese Johaug 21 Norway NOR 1-32:01.3 22:34.9 15 46:50.9 10 1-09:18.8 7
8 Kristin Størmer Steira 28 Norway NOR 1-32:04.4 22:25.2 1 46:47.7 9 1-09:04.2 4
9 Anna Dahlberg-Olsson 33 Sweden SWE 1-33:00.3 22:37.2 20 46:41.3 7 1-09:33.5 11
10 Karine Philippot 35 France FRA 1-33:11.4 22:38.7 21 46:42.8 8 1-09:32.5 10
11 Marianna Longa 30 Italy ITA 1-33:19.9 22:27.6 6 46:37.9 3 1-09:24.3 8
12 Riikka Sarasoja-Lilja 27 Finland FIN 1-33:33.2 22:39.4 23 47:07.8 17 1-10:19.2 15
13 Virpi Kuitunen 33 Finland FIN 1-33:36.7 22:34.0 13 47:20.3 26 1-10:12.3 12
14 Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 24 France FRA 1-33:58.3 22:36.3 =16 46:58.7 14 1-10:21.8 17
15 Sara Renner 33 Canada CAN 1-34:04.2 22:40.0 27 47:02.1 16 1-10:18.3 14
16 Antonella Confortola-Wyatt 34 Italy ITA 1-34:07.7 22:28.5 7 46:54.1 12 1-10:17.4 13
17 Stefanie Böhler 28 Germany GER 1-34:08.7 22:36.3 =16 47:16.8 22 1-10:48.4 19
18 Oksana Yatskaya 31 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-34:11.0 22:26.0 3 46:55.2 13 1-11:00.3 25
19 Katrin Zeller 30 Germany GER 1-34:18.1 22:36.5 17 46:59.5 15 1-10:20.3 16
20 Marthe Kristoffersen 20 Norway NOR 1-34:31.5 22:31.8 11 47:21.5 27 1-10:58.3 21
21 Tetiana Zavaliy-Antypenko 28 Ukraine UKR 1-34:32.3 22:39.7 22 47:12.5 20 1-10:59.4 24
22 Olga Zavyalova 37 Russia RUS 1-34:46.3 22:37.8 19 47:19.6 24 1-10:39.6 18
23 Kikkan Randall 27 United States USA 1-34:59.0 22:44.5 =32 47:12.9 19 1-10:59.3 22
24 Sylwia Jaśkowiec 23 Poland POL 1-34:59.1 22:45.6 35 47:26.9 28 1-11:24.7 27
25 Krista Lähteenmäki 19 Finland FIN 1-35:08.4 22:41.3 28 47:18.5 23 1-10:59.2 23
26 Kateryna Hryhorenko 24 Ukraine UKR 1-35:11.4 22:42.7 29 47:15.9 21 1-11:01.7 26
27 Kristina Šmigun-Vähi 32 Estonia EST 1-35:27.2 22:29.4 10 47:10.6 18 1-10:52.6 20
28 Paulina Maciuszek 24 Poland POL 1-36:31.7 22:43.9 30 47:30.1 30 1-11:42.7 28
29 Olga Rocheva 31 Russia RUS 1-37:15.5 22:45.9 34 47:43.1 31 1-12:13.0 29
30 Madoka Natsumi 31 Japan JPN 1-37:35.4 23:01.1 39 49:06.9 40 1-13:44.5 36
31 Li Hongxue 25 China CHN 1-37:50.4 22:43.0 31 48:24.4 35 1-12:59.2 32
32 Katerina Smutna 26 Austria AUT 1-37:51.3 22:33.7 12 47:26.6 29 1-12:29.6 30
33 Yelena Kolomina 29 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-37:53.0 22:40.9 25 48:28.5 37 1-12:58.8 31
34 Marina Matrosova 19 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-38:00.6 22:47.2 38 48:17.4 34 1-12:59.9 33
35 Holly Brooks 27 United States USA 1-38:14.5 23:25.3 45 49:27.7 43 1-13:45.4 37
36 Laura Orgue 23 Spain ESP 1-38:18.3 22:44.5 =32 48:13.6 32 1-13:14.6 35
37 Olga Shchuchkina 29 Russia RUS 1-38:30.3 23:05.2 40 48:39.7 38 1-13:45.9 38
38 Yelena Sannikova 29 Belarus BLR 1-38:31.3 23:10.7 41 49:12.6 42 1-14:31.4 40
39 Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová 24 Czech Republic CZE 1-38:40.1 22:45.4 36 48:16.8 33 1-13:12.2 34
40 Iva Janečková 25 Czech Republic CZE 1-40:13.6 23:44.0 47 49:07.3 41 1-13:56.8 39
41 Tatjana Mannima 30 Estonia EST 1-40:51.3 23:58.3 48 50:38.7 45 1-15:55.4 43
42 Svetlana Shishkina-Malakhova 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-41:01.6 22:39.0 24 48:48.1 39 1-14:37.6 41
43 Lada Nesterenko 33 Ukraine UKR 1-41:40.1 23:12.8 42 49:29.9 44 1-15:15.4 42
44 Anastasiya Dubarezova 24 Belarus BLR 1-42:28.1 24:09.6 49 51:33.8 48 1-17:10.8 46
45 Madeleine Williams 26 Canada CAN 1-42:33.7 24:12.8 50 51:33.1 47 1-17:09.7 45
46 Monika Gyorgy 27 Romania ROU 1-44:03.5 24:17.1 51 51:03.4 46 1-17:03.0 44
47 Eva Skalníková 25 Czech Republic CZE 1-44:47.8 24:25.3 52 51:56.9 49 1-18:21.5 47
AC Kornelia Marek-Kubińska 24 Poland POL [1-33:15.4] [22:35.4] AC [46:40.9] AC [1-09:38.9] AC DQ
AC Valentyna Shevchenko 34 Ukraine UKR 22:34.6 14 47:20.9 25 DNF
AC Ida Ingemarsdotter 24 Sweden SWE 22:47.1 37 48:25.9 36 DNF
AC Cécile Storti 26 France FRA 23:18.6 44 DNF
AC Morgan Arritola 23 United States USA 23:13.3 43 DNF
AC Laurence Rochat 30 Switzerland SUI 23:29.2 46 DNF