Cross Country Skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics

Dates 9 – 22 February 1992
Medal Events 10

The 1992 cross-country events were held at Les Saisies, in a Nordic centre specially constructed there for the Winter Olympics. Les Saisies is a resort located at 1,650 m in the Savoie, between two valleys, the Beaufortain and Val d’Arly. It is about 30 km from Albertville.

There were several changes to the Olympic Program in 1992 for cross-country. The longest women’s race was increased from 20 km, which it had been since its introduction in 1984, to 30 km, and the middle women’s race was increased from 10 km to 15 km. The shortest men’s race was decreased from 15 km to 10 km. Both men and women added another individual event, the pursuit race. The pursuit used the times and placements from the shortest distance (10 km for men, 5 km for women), both skied in the classical style. The skiers then skied a second race, starting with the leaders going first, at intervals determined by their placement in the short classical race. The pursuit section was skied freestyle and the final placements were based on when the skiers crossed the finish line, making it more exciting for spectators. The relay was also changed for men and women. In Calgary, the lead skier had to start in the classical style, but could switch to skating technique after 500 metres, and all other skiers could ski freestyle. This was done to avoid flying skis and dangerous conditions at the start. But beginning in Albertville, the Olympic relay has been contested with the first and third legs skied classically, and the second and anchor legs skied freestyle.

The two dominant skiers in Albertville were the Norwegian superstars Vegard Ulvang and Bjørn Dæhlie. Both won four medals (of a possible five), and three golds, with Ulvang winning the 10 km, 30 km, and relay, and Dæhlie winning the 50 km, pursuit, and relay. For Dæhlie, it was the start of his Olympic career that would eventually see him win eight golds and 12 Olympic medals, records for any athlete at the Winter Olympics.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
10 kilometres, Classical, Men Olympic 13 February 1992 110 39
30 kilometres, Classical, Men Olympic 10 February 1992 87 34
50 kilometres, Freestyle, Men Olympic 22 February 1992 73 29
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men Olympic 13 February 1992 102 39
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic 18 February 1992 64 16
5 kilometres, Classical, Women Olympic 13 February 1992 62 21
15 kilometres, Classical, Women Olympic 9 February 1992 53 21
30 kilometres Freestyle, Women Olympic 21 February 1992 57 19
5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 13 February 1992 58 21
4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic 17 February 1992 52 13
223 (139/84) 40 (39/22)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
10 kilometres, Men Vegard UlvangNOR Marco AlbarelloITA Christer MajbäckSWE
30 kilometres, Men Vegard UlvangNOR Bjørn DæhlieNOR Terje LangliNOR
50 kilometres, Men Bjørn DæhlieNOR Maurilio De ZoltITA Giorgio VanzettaITA
10/15 kilometres Pursuit, Men Bjørn DæhlieNOR Vegard UlvangNOR Giorgio VanzettaITA
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men NorwayNOR ItalyITA FinlandFIN
5 kilometres, Women Marjut LukkarinenFIN Lyubov YegorovaEUN Yelena VälbeEUN
15 kilometres, Women Lyubov YegorovaEUN Marjut LukkarinenFIN Yelena VälbeEUN
30 kilometres, Women Stefania BelmondoITA Lyubov YegorovaEUN Yelena VälbeEUN
5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Lyubov YegorovaEUN Stefania BelmondoITA Yelena VälbeEUN
4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Unified TeamEUN NorwayNOR ItalyITA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Norway NOR 5 3 1 9
Unified Team EUN 3 2 4 9
Italy ITA 1 4 3 8
Finland FIN 1 1 1 3
Sweden SWE 0 0 1 1