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.
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.