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Biathlon at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's 4 × 6 kilometres Relay

Biathlon at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

Events:

Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Complex, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 21, 2014
Date Finished: February 21, 2014
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.

Gold: UKR Ukraine
Silver: RUS Russia
Bronze: NOR Norway

Summary

The two favorites were Russia and Norway, with Germany also considered medal contenders. The Ukraine had won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships, but was only thought to have a shot at bronze. But improbably the Ukraine came through for the gold medal in a stirring victory. It came shortly after civil unrest in Kyiv had rocked the political world, and IOC President [Thomas Bach] and Ukrainian IOC Member [Sergey Bubka] had both called for a halt to violence in the country.

Ukraine took the lead on the second leg as [Yuliya Dzhyma] shot cleanly to move ahead. She handed [Valj Semerenko] a 12.1 second lead, which she increased to 28.4 seconds, as anchor skiier [Olena Pidhrushna] took over. Pidhrushna brought Ukraine home in first, with Russia winning the silver medal and Norway the bronze. Ukraine’s victory was a true team effort, as none of their skiiers had the best or second-best performance on any leg, but all of them were either third or fourth for the legs, showing the most consistency of any team.

Germany had a disastrous performance, finishing 11th, as opening skiier [Franziska Preuß] broke a ski pole, and then after falling, had to clean her rifle before shooting, which had become clogged with snow during the fall. This cost her almost 3 minutes, and she was only 16th after her leg, and the Germans could never make up the time.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T M ES
1 Ukraine UKR Gold 1-10:02.5 0 5
2 Russia RUS Silver 1-10:28.9 0 4
3 Norway NOR Bronze 1-10:40.1 0 5
4 Czech Republic CZE 1-11:25.7 0 14
5 Belarus BLR 1-11:33.4 1 8
6 Italy ITA 1-11:43.3 1 9
7 United States USA 1-12:14.2 0 13
8 Canada CAN 1-12:21.5 2 12
9 Switzerland SUI 1-12:34.3 0 9
10 Poland POL 1-12:34.4 4 8
11 Germany GER 1-13:44.2 0 6
12 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-15:54.7 0 13
AC Japan JPN 0 11 DNF/lapped
AC Slovakia SVK 5 19 DNF/lapped
AC China CHN 0 11 DNF/lapped
AC Estonia EST 1 13 DNF/lapped
AC France FRA 0 0 DNF