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Cross Country Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): , Les Saisies
Date Started: February 17, 1992
Date Finished: February 17, 1992

Gold: EUN Unified Team
Silver: NOR Norway
Bronze: ITA Italy


The heavy favorite was the Unified Team, which had won the 1991 World Championships as the Soviet Union. They were led by [Lyubov Yegorova], who won five medals and three golds in Albertville, and [Yelena Välbe], winner of five medals in 1992, with a bronze in every individual event. Their other skiers were [Larisa Lazutina], who in her career would win seven Olympic medals and five golds, and [Raisa Smetanina], who had first competed at the Winter Olympics in 1976, and had won nine Olympic medals, with four golds. It was a true all-star team. But the race was strangely close. Välbe gave the Unifieds a 22.8 second lead at the first exchange, but [Inger Helene Nybråten] skied the fastest second leg and moved Norway ahead. But Lazutina took back the lead on the third leg, but Norway was only 2.5 seconds back as the anchor skiers took off. Yegorova was the Unified anchor and she would not be headed, bringing her team home 21.6 seconds ahead of Norway. Italy, which had been runner-up at the 1991 Worlds, and would repeat that finish in 1993, won the bronze medal. Smetanina’s gold medal made her the first Winter Olympian to win 10 medals, and this also made her the first woman to win medals at five Olympic Winter Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T
1 Unified Team EUN Gold 59:34.8
2 Norway NOR Silver 59:56.4
3 Italy ITA Bronze 1-00:25.9
4 Finland FIN 1-00:52.9
5 France FRA 1-01:30.7
6 Czechoslovakia TCH 1-01:37.4
7 Sweden SWE 1-01:54.5
8 Germany GER 1-02:22.6
9 Switzerland SUI 1-02:54.1
10 Poland POL 1-03:23.0
11 Canada CAN 1-03:38.5
12 Japan JPN 1-04:09.3
13 United States USA 1-04:48.5