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Cross Country Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women'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-woman teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.

Gold: GER Germany
Silver: SWE Sweden
Bronze: RUS Russia

Summary

Finland had won the World Championship in this event in 2007 and 2009, with two different teams, although Virpi Kuitunen was on both teams. But they entered a different team here, with 2007 champion Riitta-Liisa Roponen joined by Riikka Sarajosa. There were two semi-finals, with nine teams in each, the top three teams in each qualifying for the final, joined by the four teams with the next fastest four times. Finland made it to the final, but barely, placing sixth in heat one, and would never figure in the medal race in the final. In the final, Sweden took the early lead, led by Charlotte Kalla. After four legs, Sweden and Germany were virtually tied, with Russia another 1.2 seconds back, as the medals were decided. Kalla tried to make a break on the penultimate leg of the event, but by the final exchange the Russian team had caught up with her, followed closely by the Germans. German Claudia Nystad then tried to take a commanding lead in the final leg, but Anna Haag (SWE) closed the gap with the Russians falling back. With neither Nystad nor Haag able to make a decisive move, it was down to a sprint to the finishing line to determine the gold and silver medals. Coming into the home straight Nystad was the one who pulled away to win by 0.6 seconds from Haag. Russia skied comfortably to the bronze medal, with Italy almost seven seconds back in fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Germany GER Gold
2 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5 Norway NOR
6 United States USA
7 Canada CAN
8 Finland FIN
9 France FRA
10 Slovenia SLO
11 Kazakhstan KAZ
12 Japan JPN
13 Belarus BLR
14 Ukraine UKR
15 Estonia EST
16 China CHN
17 Switzerland SUI
AC Poland POL DQ