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Cross Country Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's 10 kilometres

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Complex, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 13, 2014
Date Finished: February 13, 2014

Gold: POL Justyna Kowalczyk
Silver: SWE Charlotte Kalla
Bronze: NOR Therese Johaug

Summary

Justyna Kowalczyk was another skier who recovered from a serious injury sustained shortly before the Games to finally win the gold medal in her favorite event. In spite of her love of this event none of her previous four Olympic medals had come in the 10 km classic, and her first appearance in Sochi in the skiathlon had been a major disappointment.

Starting at 30 second intervals, the early leader was Russia’s Nataliya Zhukova who would eventually finish seventh overall. The first competitor to beat this time was German Stefanie Böhler, whose eventual sixth place was a major achievement, after a malignant tumor was discovered in her thyroid gland in 2012, which required two operations for removal. Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen became the first skier to beat 29 minutes, but this time still did not get her into the medal ranks. Starting as 43rd runner, Kowalczyk dominated the event from the start. She led at the 2.2 km mark and at the 5 km point, increased her advantage to 9.1 sec over Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, who had dominated the 10 km together with Kowalczyk for the last four years. Bjørgen was still on the silver medal rank at the 8 km mark, now 19.1 seconds behind Kowalczyk. But the Norwegian had raced in the sprints and tired badly in the final two kilometres, finishing fifth. Justyna Kowalczyk completed the course 18.4 seconds ahead of Sweden’s defending Olympic champion Charlotte Kalla, to take the gold. The bronze medal eventually went to Therese Johaug of Norway, the 2013 world champion and World Cup leader.

By winning the gold medal, Kowalczyk became the most decorated Polish athlete in Olympic Winter Games history, beating the record of four medals that she shared with ski jumper Adam Małysz.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1 Justyna Kowalczyk 31 Poland POL Gold 28:17.8 5:20.0 1 20:34.6 1
2 Charlotte Kalla 26 Sweden SWE Silver 28:36.2 5:30.3 6 20:56.7 3
3 Therese Johaug 25 Norway NOR Bronze 28:46.1 5:24.2 3 21:01.4 5
4 Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 35 Finland FIN 28:48.1 5:31.0 7 21:00.2 4
5 Marit Bjørgen 33 Norway NOR 28:51.2 5:21.9 2 20:54.5 2
6 Stefanie Böhler 32 Germany GER 29:04.3 5:33.9 =8 21:15.0 6
7 Nataliya Zhukova 21 Russia RUS 29:15.5 5:36.4 15 21:29.0 9
8 Kerttu Niskanen 25 Finland FIN 29:16.7 5:35.5 =12 21:23.7 7
9 Heidi Weng 22 Norway NOR 29:28.2 5:35.7 14 21:25.0 8
10 Krista Lähteenmäki 23 Finland FIN 29:36.0 5:41.4 26 21:39.7 12
11 Yuliya Chekalyova 30 Russia RUS 29:36.1 5:38.5 =20 21:35.7 11
12 Emma Wikén 24 Sweden SWE 29:38.9 5:39.7 24 21:41.7 13
13 Olga Kuzyukova 28 Russia RUS 29:41.9 5:35.5 =12 21:50.9 =15
14 Anne Kyllönen 26 Finland FIN 29:52.8 5:24.8 4 21:34.1 10
15 Masako Ishida 33 Japan JPN 29:55.7 5:39.4 =22 22:01.1 22
16 Sara Lindborg 30 Sweden SWE 29:56.2 5:53.4 43 21:56.7 19
17 Yuliya Ivanova 28 Russia RUS 29:59.4 5:34.0 10 21:49.5 14
18 Sadie Bjornsen 24 United States USA 29:59.7 5:36.6 16 21:52.9 17
19 Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen 27 Norway NOR 30:01.6 5:34.6 11 21:56.0 18
20 Anna Haag 27 Sweden SWE 30:04.5 5:37.0 17 21:50.9 =15
21 Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová 28 Czech Republic CZE 30:06.7 5:37.4 18 22:02.4 23
22 Katerina Smutna 30 Austria AUT 30:13.6 5:33.9 =8 21:58.5 20
23 Nicole Fessel 30 Germany GER 30:27.0 5:30.0 5 22:00.0 21
24 Valentyna Shevchenko 38 Ukraine UKR 30:33.0 5:46.1 31 22:27.7 28
25 Katrin Zeller 34 Germany GER 30:38.5 5:44.0 30 22:15.8 24
26 Kornelia Marek-Kubińska 28 Poland POL 30:43.5 5:49.0 36 22:27.2 27
27 Célia Aymonier 22 France FRA 30:45.8 5:40.9 25 22:24.2 25
28 Laura Orgue 27 Spain ESP 30:48.0 5:48.2 =34 22:47.4 34
29 Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 28 France FRA 31:01.0 5:38.1 19 22:24.7 26
30 Tetiana Zavaliy-Antypenko 32 Ukraine UKR 31:06.9 5:49.2 37 22:47.7 35
31 Marina Piller 29 Italy ITA 31:07.6 5:56.8 48 22:39.4 32
32 Sophie Caldwell 23 United States USA 31:11.4 5:43.3 29 22:35.8 =29
33 Alenka Čebašek 24 Slovenia SLO 31:13.6 5:54.3 45 22:55.7 38
34 Ida Sargent 26 United States USA 31:15.1 5:51.7 40 22:50.8 37
35 Holly Brooks 31 United States USA 31:19.1 5:42.4 28 22:44.1 33
36 Yelena Kolomina 33 Kazakhstan KAZ 31:20.1 5:52.1 41 23:04.5 41
37 Li Hongxue 29 China CHN 31:20.7 5:38.5 =20 22:36.6 31
38 Nathalie Schwarz 20 Austria AUT 31:23.2 5:46.5 32 23:06.4 43
39 Paulina Maciuszek 28 Poland POL 31:25.8 5:39.4 =22 22:35.8 =29
40 Elisa Brocard 29 Italy ITA 31:28.0 5:49.5 38 22:48.9 36
41 Barbara Jezeršek 27 Slovenia SLO 31:40.0 5:48.0 33 23:23.9 48
42 Brittany Webster 26 Canada CAN 31:41.0 5:58.6 49 23:20.7 47
43 Yelena Sannikova 33 Belarus BLR 31:42.2 5:54.2 44 23:04.1 40
44 Daria Gaiazova 30 Canada CAN 31:47.0 5:53.3 42 23:10.1 44
45 Triin Ojaste 23 Estonia EST 31:54.3 5:48.2 =34 23:05.2 42
46 Anastasiya Slonova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 31:56.6 6:00.7 52 23:00.3 39
47 Veronika Mayerhofer 21 Austria AUT 31:59.6 5:41.7 27 23:20.0 46
48 Klára Moravcová 30 Czech Republic CZE 32:00.6 6:06.2 55 23:34.6 51
49 Kateryna Hryhorenko 28 Ukraine UKR 32:03.5 5:59.6 50 23:19.6 45
50 Alena Procházková 29 Slovakia SVK 32:08.4 5:56.3 47 23:36.5 53
51 Lee Chae-Won 32 South Korea KOR 32:16.9 6:08.1 56 23:31.9 50
52 Tatyana Roshchina-Osipova 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 32:20.1 6:02.4 53 23:43.8 54
53 Man Dandan 24 China CHN 32:25.1 6:08.6 57 23:35.7 52
54 Katja Višnar 29 Slovenia SLO 32:47.0 5:51.0 39 23:30.9 49
55 Amanda Ammar 28 Canada CAN 32:48.8 5:55.4 46 23:53.0 55
56 Kelime Aydın-Çetinkaya 31 Turkey TUR 32:58.0 6:16.7 60 24:19.8 58
57 Heidi Widmer 22 Canada CAN 33:01.9 6:11.7 59 24:10.7 56
58 Maryna Malets-Lisohor 30 Ukraine UKR 33:35.4 5:59.7 51 24:18.2 57
59 Vedrana Malec 23 Croatia CRO 33:42.3 6:16.8 61 24:33.1 59
60 Nika Razinger 20 Slovenia SLO 33:54.1 6:03.0 54 24:33.4 60
61 Esther Bottomley 30 Australia AUS 34:30.1 6:24.1 65 25:13.7 62
62 Tímea Sára 21 Romania ROU 34:48.2 6:11.6 58 25:13.2 61
63 Aimee Watson 26 Australia AUS 34:56.0 6:22.4 63 25:41.0 63
64 Katya Galstyan 21 Armenia ARM 35:26.4 6:35.5 67 25:58.1 64
65 Inga Dauškāne 33 Latvia LAT 36:13.1 6:28.2 66 26:16.3 65
66 Posy Musgrave 27 Great Britain GBR 36:18.5 6:17.7 62 26:16.5 66
67 Ingrida Ardišauskaitė 21 Lithuania LTU 36:52.1 6:35.6 68 26:43.0 67
68 Mathilde Amivi Petitjean 19 Togo TOG 37:26.7 6:23.9 64 27:04.6 68
69 Ágnes Simon 39 Hungary HUN 38:36.7 6:49.2 69 28:10.6 70
70 Chinbatyn Otgontsetseg 22 Mongolia MGL 38:43.1 6:54.4 70 28:07.2 69
71 Alexandra Camenșcic 25 Moldova MDA 39:52.6 7:10.3 71 29:21.6 71
72 Tanja Karišik 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 41:34.6 7:20.7 72 30:28.0 72
73 Farzaneh Reza Soltani 28 Iran IRI 42:31.3 7:33.5 73 31:13.8 73
74 Marija Kolaroska 16 Macedonia MKD 44:46.0 8:08.7 74 33:18.8 74
75 Ivana Kovačević 19 Serbia SRB 45:21.3 8:12.6 75 33:20.9 75