Cross Country Skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Dates 10 – 25 February 2018
Medal Events 12

The cross-country events took place at the Mountain Cluster of the Alpensia resort, approximately 20 km southwest of Gangneung, and 150 km east of the capital Seoul. The Alpensia Cross-Country Centre was completed in 1995, and hosted the cross-country skiing events at the 1999 Asian Winter Games. The complex also included the Biathlon and Ski Jumping Centres.

Unlike Sochi, the weather was cold, but stable throughout the events, and provided excellent conditions for all competitors. The program was basically unchanged but, as has become common since the introduction of separate freestyle and classical events, those events that were held in the classical style in Sochi, were held in freestyle in PyeongChang, and vice-versa, with the events that combine both styles (skiathlon and relay) unchanged.

Norway was clearly the dominating country with seven gold, four silver and three bronze medals, winning 50 % of the possible medals, and three more than their Sochi haul. Amongst others, Norway took the gold in both relays and completed a clean sweep in the men’s skiathlon. Their 14 medals were evenly distributed between men’s and women’s events, improving particularly the men’s results from Sochi. Their Scandinavian rivals, Sweden, followed them with just two gold, three silvers and one bronze, all won exclusively in the women’s events. Not a single medal went to Sweden in eight men’s cross-country events, as their medal count of Sochi was almost cut in half. However, Finland, with one gold, one silver and two bronze, matched their Sochi medal tally thanks to Iivo Niskanen winning the prestigious men’s 50 km mass start classic, and Krista Pärmäkoski winning the other three medals in the women’s events. Swiss Dario Cologna was one of the stars of previous games, and added another gold to his collection in PyeongChang, his third consecutive gold in the 15 km run (twice in the free and one in the classical style).

Although, a number of Russian skiers including Aleksandr Legkov and Maksim Vylegzhanin were exonerated and their medals restored by CAS a few days before the Games, their participation was not approved by the IOC. Nevertheless, the young athletes of the team OAR were quite successful with eight medals (0-3-5) but missed the top of the podium. A surprise result was the victory of the US duo in the women’s team sprint, free. The rest of the medals went to just two other European countries, further reducing the number of countries with medals from nine in Sochi to eight in PyeongChang.

Two female skiers added further laurels to their already impressive Olympic career: Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, at her third Olympics, brought home a gold and three silvers to bring her career total to nine medals (3-6-0). With 10 medals, Norway’s Marit Bjørgen was already the most decorated female cross-country skier in the Winter Olympic, but after winning five more medals (2-1-2) at her fifth Olympics, she took her total medal count to 15 (8-4-3).

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Sprint, Classical, Men Olympic 13 February 2018 80 39
15 kilometres, Freestyle, Men Olympic 16 February 2018 119 62
50 kilometres Mass Start, Classical, Men Olympic 24 February 2018 69 31
30 kilometres Skiathlon, Men Olympic 11 February 2018 68 30
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men Olympic 18 February 2018 56 14
Team Sprint, Freestyle, Men Olympic 21 February 2018 56 28
Sprint, Classical, Women Olympic 13 February 2018 68 28
10 kilometres, Freestyle, Women Olympic 15 February 2018 90 44
30 kilometres Mass Start, Classical, Women Olympic 25 February 2018 47 20
15 kilometres Skiathlon, Women Olympic 10 February 2018 61 23
4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic 17 February 2018 56 14
Team Sprint, Freestyle, Women Olympic 21 February 2018 42 21
290 (166/124) 65 (63/45)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Sprint, Men Johannes Høsflot KlæboNOR Federico PellegrinoITA Aleksandr BolshunovROC
15 kilometres, Men Dario ColognaSUI Simen Hegstad KrügerNOR Denis SpitsovROC
50 kilometres, Men Iivo NiskanenFIN Aleksandr BolshunovROC Andrey LarkovROC
30 kilometres Skiathlon, Men Simen Hegstad KrügerNOR Martin Johnsrud SundbyNOR Hans Christer HolundNOR
4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men NorwayNOR Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC FranceFRA
Team Sprint, Men NorwayNOR Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC FranceFRA
Sprint, Women Stina NilssonSWE Maiken Caspersen FallaNOR Yuliya BelorukovaROC
10 kilometres, Women Ragnhild HagaNOR Charlotte KallaSWE Krista Pärmäkoski
Marit Bjørgen
FIN
NOR
30 kilometres, Women Marit BjørgenNOR Krista PärmäkoskiFIN Stina NilssonSWE
15 kilometres Skiathlon, Women Charlotte KallaSWE Marit BjørgenNOR Krista PärmäkoskiFIN
4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women NorwayNOR SwedenSWE Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC
Team Sprint, Women United StatesUSA SwedenSWE NorwayNOR

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Norway NOR 7 4 3 14
Sweden SWE 2 3 1 6
Finland FIN 1 1 2 4
Switzerland SUI 1 0 0 1
United States USA 1 0 0 1
Russian Olympic Committee ROC 0 3 5 8
Italy ITA 0 1 0 1
France FRA 0 0 2 2