| Event type

4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women

Date17 February 2018 — 18:30
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants56 from 14 countries
DetailsCourse Length: 5,064 m
Height Differential: 27 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Total Climbing: 198 m

Norway with Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Ragnhild Haga and Marit Bjørgen , secured the gold medal in the 4x5 km relay ahead of Sweden. These teams, the last two Olympic gold medal winners, were expected to finish on the top of the podium. The impressive showing of the young Olympic Athletes from Russia Nataliya Nepryayeva, Yuliya Belorukova, the only individual female medal winner from Russia at these Games, Anastasiya Sedova and Anna Nechayevskaya took them to the bronze medal.

Right from the start, the Russian youngsters set the pace, with Norway’s Østberg having a hard time to be close on Nepryayeva’s heels. At the first exchange, surprisingly, Anamarija Lampič kept Slovenia in second place. For Sweden, one of the two favorites, Anna Haag, had a slow start and was in fifth place. On the second leg, it was Charlotte Kalla, who ran the fastest time, and made up 24 seconds on Belorukova. On the other hand, Jacobsen was Norway’s weakest link on the second position. She had an illness at the beginning of the Games and at the end of the leg exchanged in fourth place, some 30 seconds behind the Olympic Athletes from Russia, who held the lead from Sweden, Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen holdng third, 20 seconds ahead of Jacobsen, when the freestyle skiers took over.

Now it was Ragnhild Haga’s turn to close the gap on the O.A.R. and Sweden. She clocked the fastest time, and finished on third place, just three seconds behind the leading duo of Sedova and Sweden’s Ebba Andersson. The chasing “group” of Switzerland with Nathalie von Siebenthal and Finland with Riitta-Liisa Roponen had already lost the chances of a medal with a 40-second gap between them and the top three teams. On the last leg, the race boiled down to a duel between distance skier Bjørgen, and sprint gold medalist Stina Nilsson. The Norwegian kept up a high pace, but could not shake off Nilsson. However, Nechayevskaya succumbed to Bjørgen’s pace, and in the end was desperately trying to hold Finland’s top skier Krista LPärmäkoski at bay for the bronze medal position. In the lead, Bjørgen further increased the pace leaving Nilsson no chance to attack on the last kilometre. At the finish line, Sweden was just two seconds behind.

The teams from Finland and the United States were not strong enough to do better than fourth and fifth eventually. On the home stretch, Germany passed Switzerland for an honorable sixth place.

11NorwayNOR51:24.3– (–)Gold
1-1Ingvild Flugstad Østberg 13:28.913:28.9 (3)
1-2Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen 14:15.927:44.8 (4)
1-3Ragnhild Haga 11:46.739:31.5 (3)
1-4Marit Bjørgen 11:52.851:24.3 (1)
22SwedenSWE51:26.3– (–)Silver
2-1Anna Haag 13:50.313:50.3 (5)
2-2Charlotte Kalla 13:26.427:16.7 (2)
2-3Ebba Andersson 12:11.439:28.1 (1)
2-4Stina Nilsson 11:58.251:26.3 (2)
35Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC52:07.6– (–)Bronze
5-1Nataliya Nepryayeva 13:24.513:24.5 (1)
5-2Yuliya Belorukova-Stupak 13:50.527:15.0 (1)
5-3Anastasiya Sedova 12:13.439:28.4 (2)
5-4Anna Nechayevskaya 12:39.252:07.6 (3)
43FinlandFIN52:26.9– (–)
3-1Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 13:44.413:44.4 (4)
3-2Kerttu Niskanen 13:40.727:25.1 (3)
3-3Riitta-Liisa Lassila-Roponen 12:45.240:10.3 (5)
3-4Krista Lähteenmäki-Pärmäkoski 12:16.652:26.9 (4)
54United StatesUSA52:44.8– (–)
4-1Sophie Caldwell-Hamilton 14:26.014:26.0 (11)
4-2Sadie Bjornsen 13:54.228:20.2 (8)
4-3Kikkan Randall 12:12.940:33.1 (6)
4-4Jessie Diggins 12:11.752:44.8 (5)
66GermanyGER53:13.7– (–)
6-1Stefanie Böhler 14:16.414:16.4 (8)
6-2Katharina Hennig 13:53.928:10.3 (6)
6-3Victoria Carl 12:37.940:48.2 (8)
6-4Sandra Ringwald 12:25.553:13.7 (6)
77SwitzerlandSUI53:15.8– (–)
7-1Laurien van der Graaff 13:59.913:59.9 (6)
7-2Nadine Fähndrich 13:46.827:46.7 (5)
7-3Nathalie von Siebenthal 12:22.440:09.1 (4)
7-4Lydia Hiernickel 13:06.753:15.8 (7)
812SloveniaSLO53:55.7– (–)
12-1Anamarija Lampič 13:28.413:28.4 (2)
12-2Katja Višnar 14:47.728:16.1 (7)
12-3Alenka Čebašek 12:22.140:38.2 (7)
12-4Vesna Fabjan 13:17.553:55.7 (8)
99ItalyITA54:22.0– (–)
9-1Anna Comarella 14:25.214:25.2 (10)
9-2Lucia Scardoni 14:19.928:45.1 (10)
9-3Elisa Brocard 12:29.241:14.3 (9)
9-4Ilaria Debertolis 13:07.754:22.0 (9)
108PolandPOL54:30.9– (–)
8-1Ewelina Marcisz 14:23.114:23.1 (9)
8-2Justyna Kowalczyk 14:13.028:36.1 (9)
8-3Martyna Galewicz 13:14.841:50.9 (11)
8-4Sylwia Jaśkowiec 12:40.054:30.9 (10)
1111Czech RepublicCZE55:17.1– (–)
11-1Kateřina Beroušková 14:06.214:06.2 (7)
11-2Karolína Grohová 14:49.428:55.6 (11)
11-3Petra Nováková 12:45.341:40.9 (10)
11-4Barbora Havlíčková 13:36.255:17.1 (11)
1213FranceFRA55:50.2– (–)
13-1Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 14:37.714:37.7 (12)
13-2Anouk Faivre Picon 14:43.729:21.4 (12)
13-3Coraline Thomas Hugue 12:52.242:13.6 (12)
13-4Delphine Claudel 13:36.655:50.2 (12)
1310CanadaCAN56:14.6– (–)
10-1Dahria Beatty 15:00.215:00.2 (13)
10-2Emily Nishikawa 14:35.029:35.2 (13)
10-3Cendrine Browne 12:53.742:28.9 (13)
10-4Anne-Marie Comeau 13:45.756:14.6 (13)
1414BelarusBLR57:56.1– (–)
14-1Anastasiya Kirylava 15:46.715:46.7 (14)
14-2Yuliya Tsikhanava 14:47.330:34.0 (14)
14-3Palina Seranosava 13:16.443:50.4 (14)
14-4Valiantsina Kaminskaya 14:05.757:56.1 (14)