Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Complex, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 19, 2014
Date Finished: February 19, 2014
Format: Two-man teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
The two semi-finals saw all the favored teams advance to the final with Finland the fastest, while Norway barely made the final as the slowest of the “lucky losers”. A strong German team consisting of [Hannes Dotzler] and [Tim Tscharnke] won the other semi-final.
For most of the final it looked as if Finland would be the only Nordic country able to medal. On the final leg, Germany was marginally ahead of Finland with Russia close behind, racing abreast up the final hill and down towards the final turn and into the stadium. It looked as if the leading group of Tscharnke, Finland’s [Sami Jauhojärvi] and Russia’s [Maksim Vylegzhanin] would be fighting for the medals, when Jauhojärvi, just ahead of Tscharnke, moved to the inside, colliding with the German, and Tscharnke fell, almost bringing down Vylegzhanin. Jauhojärvi opened up a small lead which he maintained to the end of the race, finishing just under a second ahead of the fast finishing Russian. Tscharnke was unable to recover quickly enough and eventually finished seventh. Finland had to withstand an appeal from Germany before [Iivo Niskanen] and Jauhojärvi could enjoy their victory. Sweden benefitted from the accident, taking bronze.