| Event type

15 kilometres Skiathlon, Women

Date10 February 2018 — 16:15
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants61 from 23 countries
DetailsCourse Length: 15,292 m
Height Differential: 198 m
Maximum Climb: 35 m
Total Climbing: 578 m

The very first event of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, was the 2x7.5 km women’s skiathlon. Having run an excellent race, the first gold medalist of the Games was Sweden’s top skier Charlotte Kalla, with Marit Bjørgen second and Krista Lähteenmäki-Pärmäkoski third. The three top favorites, from three Scandinavian countries, presented themselves as the ones to beat over the following two weeks. During these Winter Games, these three would share eight of ten medals awarded in women’s individual distance cross-country events, with Pärmäkoski having the disadvantage of having weaker team-mates in the relay events.

Kalla began the race cautiously in the classical style, preferring to remain in the slipstream. For a long time, the race was determined by tactics, with Marit Bjørgen frequently varying the pace. During the slower phases, the top skiers were reluctant to take the lead, allowing Swotzerland’s Nathalie von Siebenthal to move up into first place. After the half-way mark, the event became an elimination race. While Bjørgen was in the rear part of the leading group of nine, Kalla started her decisive attack in a climb three kilometres from the finish. None of the group could follow her immediately, and Bjørgen first had to work her way through the pack to start the chase. She tried to close in on Kalla but was, of course, not supported by the second Swede Ebba Andersson. in third place.

When Kalla crossed the finish line in 40:44.9 minutes, she reversed the Sochi result, and Bjørgen had to settle for the silver medal, nine seconds behind. She prevented Bjørgen from winning her third consecutive gold medal in the skiathlon, and became the first Swede to win the Olympic title. On the last two kilometers, Pärmäkoski outpaced Andersson for the bronze medal by 0.6 seconds. An excellent performance was also showed by the fifth placed Jessie Diggins of the USA and sixth placed von Siebenthal.

15Charlotte KallaSWE40:44.9Gold
28Marit BjørgenNOR40:52.7Silver
37Krista PärmäkoskiFIN40:55.0Bronze
418Ebba AnderssonSWE40:55.8
53Jessie DigginsUSA40:59.6
610Nathalie von SiebenthalSUI41:02.5
74Teresa StadloberAUT41:11.5
812Nataliya NepryayevaROC41:17.9
91Heidi WengNOR41:25.6
1021Stina NilssonSWE41:33.8
112Ingvild Flugstad ØstbergNOR41:43.2
1211Anastasiya SedovaROC41:57.7
1328Anouk Faivre PiconFRA42:03.8
1430Masako IshidaJPN42:04.1
156Ragnhild HagaNOR42:07.6
169Kerttu NiskanenFIN42:15.2
1722Justyna KowalczykPOL42:30.8
1826Yuliya BelorukovaROC42:51.0
1914Laura MononenFIN42:53.0
2035Victoria CarlGER42:54.4
2134Alisa ZhambalovaROC42:59.1
2220Katharina HennigGER43:00.2
2329Aurore JeanFRA43:00.8
2425Johanna MatintaloFIN43:02.4
2516Stefanie BöhlerGER43:02.6
2624Elisa BrocardITA43:17.6
2731Nadine FähndrichSUI43:50.4
2817Petra NovákováCZE43:55.6
2923Coraline Thomas HugueFRA43:56.2
3056Sylwia JaśkowiecPOL43:56.3
3155Ewelina MarciszPOL43:56.7
3213Anna HaagSWE44:01.8
3353Cendrine BrowneCAN44:01.9
3427Caitlin PattersonUSA44:14.9
3538Sara PellegriniITA44:16.3
3637Anna ShevchenkoKAZ44:25.1
3733Anna ComarellaITA44:25.9
3832Kateřina BerouškováCZE44:32.7
3944Barbara JezeršekAUS44:39.3
4019Kikkan RandallUSA44:47.2
4158Martyna GalewiczPOL44:51.3
4257Yuliya TsikhanavaBLR44:57.1
4345Barbora HavlíčkováCZE45:12.1
4450Emily NishikawaCAN45:16.6
4543Tetyana AntypenkoUKR45:31.2
4641Palina SeranosavaBLR45:34.9
4742Petra HynčicováCZE45:42.4
4861Anne-Marie ComeauCAN45:42.8
4948Ilaria DebertolisITA45:44.6
5059Jessica YeatonAUS45:44.8
5152Li XinCHN46:01.9
5260Dahria BeattyCAN46:17.3
5340Maryna AntsyborUKR46:18.2
5446Yelena KolominaKAZ46:28.5
5554Chi ChunxueCHN46:39.0
5651Tatjana MannimaEST46:41.7
5747Lee Chae-WonKOR46:44.5
5836Rosie BrennanUSA47:36.0
5949Manca SlabanjaSLO47:57.8
6062Annika TaylorGBR48:09.1
DNF39Valeriya TyulenevaKAZ
DNS15Nicole FesselGER