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.