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Cross Country Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's Team Sprint

Cross Country Skiing at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games

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

Gold: NOR Norway
Silver: FIN Finland
Bronze: SWE Sweden

Summary

There were no surprises in the semi-final round; all the top nations qualified comfortably for the final. In the final, Norway was second to Finland at the first exchange. But the final was essentially decided when a spurt from Marit Bjørgen established a lead of about three seconds over Finland and Sweden during the second leg. Although her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Østberg allowed the gap to close a little on the third leg, Bjørgen extended the lead again on the fourth leg and the final result was never really in doubt. Finland, represented by Aino-Kaisa Saarinen and Kerttu Niskanen, were comfortable silver-medal winners, about nine seconds behind Norway.

Sweden’s Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson took the bronze medals, leading Germany’s Stefanie Böhler and Denise Herrmann by little more than a second, when Nilsson overtook Herrmann on the final few meters. [Justyna Kowalczyk] led Poland to fifth place, leaving only sixth place for the Russian home team.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Norway NOR Gold
2 Finland FIN Silver
3 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 Poland POL
6 Russia RUS
7 Switzerland SUI
8 United States USA
9 Austria AUT
10 Slovenia SLO
11 Canada CAN
12 France FRA
13 Italy ITA
14 Slovakia SVK
15 China CHN
16 Kazakhstan KAZ