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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's Sprint

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 17, 2010
Date Finished: February 17, 2010
Format: Final standings based on time achieved in last round competed in.

Gold: NOR Marit Bjørgen
Silver: POL Justyna Kowalczyk
Bronze: SLO Petra Majdič

Summary

Some of the drama happened prior to the event itself when one of the favored skiers Petra Majdič (SLO), runner-up at the 2007 World Championships in the sprint, fell going down a bank and landed on some rocks on the morning of the event, suffering four broken ribs to put her entry in doubt. Nevertheless she competed, finishing 19th in the qualification heats, and then advancing to the final via the elimination rounds, albeit as a fastest loser from the semi-finals. The fastest qualifier was Marit Bjørgen (NOR) who had been favored to win gold medals at Torino in 2006 but had ended up with none. Here she qualified for the final, winning her elimination round heats with relative ease. The final itself started as a close contest between Bjørgen and Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) with Bjørgen pulling away in the last quarter of the course to finally win her first Olympic gold medal. A remarkable race by Majdič saw her win the bronze medal from Anna Dahlberg-Olsson (SWE), although Majdič was in such pain that she had difficulty walking after the race. This was the first ever medal for Slovenia in cross-country skiing. The 2009 World Sprint Champion, Arianna Follis of Italy, was in Vancouver but did not contest this event, as she specializes in freestyle and the sprint was held classically. Bjørgen was the star of women’s cross-coutnry in Vancouver, winning three gold medals and five medals in all. Because of her injuries, Majdič did not compete further in Vancouver.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marit Bjørgen 29 Norway NOR Gold
2 Justyna Kowalczyk 27 Poland POL Silver
3 Petra Majdič 30 Slovenia SLO Bronze
4 Anna Dahlberg-Olsson 33 Sweden SWE
5 Magda Genuin 30 Italy ITA
6 Celine Brun-Lie 21 Norway NOR
7 Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen 23 Norway NOR
8 Kikkan Randall 27 United States USA
9 Virpi Kuitunen 33 Finland FIN
10 Magdalena Pajala 21 Sweden SWE
11 Katerina Smutna 26 Austria AUT
12 Nataliya Korostelyova 28 Russia RUS
13 Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 31 Finland FIN
14 Katrin Zeller 30 Germany GER
15 Ida Ingemarsdotter 24 Sweden SWE
16 Katja Višnar 25 Slovenia SLO
17 Nicole Fessel 26 Germany GER
18 Alena Procházková 25 Slovakia SVK
19 Kirsi Perälä 27 Finland FIN
20 Maiken Caspersen Falla 19 Norway NOR
21 Pirjo Muranen 28 Finland FIN
22 Daria Gaiazova 26 Canada CAN
23 Vesna Fabjan 24 Slovenia SLO
24 Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 24 France FRA
25 Hanna Kolb 18 Germany GER
26 Chandra Crawford 26 Canada CAN
27 Madoka Natsumi 31 Japan JPN
28 Yevgeniya Shapovalova 23 Russia RUS
29 Hanna Falk 20 Sweden SWE
30 Doris Trachsel 25 Switzerland SUI
31 Kaija Udras 23 Estonia EST
32 Oksana Yatskaya 31 Kazakhstan KAZ
33 Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová 24 Czech Republic CZE
34 Sara Renner 33 Canada CAN
35 Yelena Turysheva 24 Russia RUS
36 Yelena Kolomina 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
37 Triin Ojaste 19 Estonia EST
38 Holly Brooks 27 United States USA
39 Karin Moroder 35 Italy ITA
40 Olga Rocheva 31 Russia RUS
41 Perianne Jones 24 Canada CAN
42 Anastasiya Dubarezova 24 Belarus BLR
43 Elisa Brocard 25 Italy ITA
44 Monika Gyorgy 27 Romania ROU
45 Yelena Volodina-Antonova 38 Kazakhstan KAZ
46 Olga Vasilyonok 29 Belarus BLR
47 Katie Calder 29 New Zealand NZL
48 Marina Matrosova 19 Kazakhstan KAZ
49 Irina Terentjeva 25 Lithuania LTU
50 Esther Bottomley 27 Australia AUS
51 Man Dandan 20 China CHN
52 Nina Broznić 18 Croatia CRO
53 Kelime Aydın-Çetinkaya 27 Turkey TUR
54 Olga Reshetkova 28 Kyrgyzstan KGZ