Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Date Started: February 20, 2002
Date Finished: February 20, 2002
Format: Eight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Relay had been a World Cup event since the mid-1990s and Norway and Germany had won all the seasonal World Cups since 1996-97, while France and Russia had won the last two World Championships. But Norway was favored, led by their anchorman [Ole Einar BjÃ¸rndalen], who had already won the three individual gold medals in Salt Lake City. And their lead-off skier was [Halvard Hanevold], who had won the 20 km gold medal in 1998. Hanevold put Norway into second place, trailing Russia and [Viktor Maygurov], but only by 18 seconds. And on the second leg [Frode Andresen] moved Norway into a lead they would never lose, leading France by 21 seconds at the second exchange. On the third leg, [Egil Gjelland] moved Norway over a minute ahead of Russia with Germany close behind. BjÃ¸rndalen had an easy time of it in bringing Norway in first, and winning his fourth gold medal of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Behind him, Russia dropped back, as [Frank Luck] and [RaphaÃ«l PoirÃ©e] had the two fastest legs of the event to bring Germany the silver and France the bronze medal.