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Team Pursuit (8 laps), Men

Date15 – 16 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants36 from 8 countries
FormatTeams of three skaters, time of the third skater counts.
StarterRob HemmesNED
RefereeTore RamtonNOR

The inaugural Olympic team pursuit event had two major favorites, the Netherlands, which had won the 2005 World Championships, and the United States. The latter team was expected to feature 5000 m champion Chad Hedrick and eventual 1000 m champion Shani Davis. However, Davis forfeited his spot on the team to focus on individual events, at the displeasure of Hedrick, who had announced his goal of five golds prior to the Games. This incident was blown up by the US press, but Davis did not compete.

A weak time by the Americans in the ranking round left them drawn against Italy, who had been silver medalists at the first World Championships the previous year. Despite strong efforts by Hedrick, the Italians advanced to the semi-finals against the Dutch. In a close race, up and coming star Sven Kramer stumbled, taking a team mate with him and leaving the Italians certain of a medal. In the other semi-final, the well-trained Canadians easily outraced Norway.

In the final, the Italians were much stronger then their opponents, and grabbed their country’s first ever Olympic speed skating title. Italian newspaper reports of the victory spent much of their columns on explaining the sport to readers unfamiliar with it. Enrico Fabris was the team’s captain, having won Italy’s first ever bronze medal earlier that week in the 5000 m, and winning the 1500 m later in the Games. Ippolito Sanfratello, had been an inline skater for most of his career, but had switched to the ice to compete in the Olympics.

PosTeamNOC
1ItalyITAGold
Matteo AnesiStefano DonagrandiEnrico FabrisIppolito SanfratelloErmanno Ioriatti (DNS)
2CanadaCANSilver
Arne DankersSteven ElmDenny MorrisonJason ParkerJustin Warsylewicz
3NetherlandsNEDBronze
Sven KramerRintje RitsmaMark TuitertCarl VerheijenErben Wennemars
4NorwayNOR
Håvard BøkkoEskil ErvikØystein GrødumMikael Flygind LarsenLasse Sætre
5Russian FederationRUS
Artyom DetyshevAleksandr KibalkoYevgeny LalenkovDmitry ShepelIvan Skobrev
6United StatesUSA
KC BoutietteChad HedrickCharles LeveilleClay MullDerek Parra
7GermanyGER
Jörg DallmannStefan HeythausenRobert LehmannTobias SchneiderJens Boden (DNS)
8JapanJPN
Kesato MiyazakiTeruhiro SugimoriTakahiro UshiyamaTakaharu Nakajima (DNS)

Qualifying Round (15 February 2006 — 17:42)

Ranking determined draw for quarter-finals.

PosPairTeamNOCTime
14FCanadaCAN3:47.37OR
Arne DankersSteven ElmDenny Morrison
24CItalyITA3:47.79
Stefano DonagrandiEnrico FabrisIppolito Sanfratello
33FNetherlandsNED3:48.02OR
Rintje RitsmaMark TuitertCarl Verheijen
43CNorwayNOR3:49.55
Eskil ErvikØystein GrødumLasse Sætre
51FGermanyGER3:49.59OR
Stefan HeythausenRobert LehmannTobias Schneider
62CRussian FederationRUS3:49.75
Artyom DetyshevAleksandr KibalkoIvan Skobrev
72FUnited StatesUSA3:51.32
Charles LeveilleClay MullDerek Parra
81CJapanJPN4:03.83
Kesato MiyazakiTeruhiro SugimoriTakahiro Ushiyama

Quarter-Finals (15 February 2006 — 19:07)

Winners advanced to semi-finals. Next two fastest teams advanced to Final C, the slowest two advanced to Final D.

Heat 1 Sven KramerCarl VerheijenErben WennemarsNED F3:44.65 – 3:47.49CRUS Yevgeny LalenkovDmitry ShepelIvan Skobrev
30.89 57.25 1:24.55 1:52.69 2:20.14 2:47.79 3:16.0331.03 58.18 1:25.52 1:53.41 2:21.62 2:49.74 3:18.10
Heat 2 Matteo AnesiEnrico FabrisIppolito SanfratelloITA F3:43.64 – 3:44.11CUSA KC BoutietteChad HedrickCharles Leveille
31.24 58.39 1:26.03 1:53.38 2:20.62 2:48.11 3:15.6531.10 58.20 1:25.58 1:52.94 2:20.38 2:48.30 3:16.02
Heat 3 Håvard BøkkoEskil ErvikMikael Flygind LarsenNOR F3:47.81 – 3:49.68CGER Jörg DallmannStefan HeythausenTobias Schneider
31.45 58.32 1:25.73 1:53.99 2:22.15 2:49.89 3:18.7231.57 59.34 1:27.34 1:55.27 2:23.30 2:51.90 3:20.74
Heat 4 Denny MorrisonJason ParkerJustin WarsylewiczCAN F3:52.01 – 3:53.88CJPN Kesato MiyazakiTeruhiro SugimoriTakahiro Ushiyama
31.83 1:00.01 1:28.42 1:56.21 2:24.72 2:53.51 3:22.3631.84 59.50 1:28.02 1:56.40 2:25.08 2:54.09 3:24.10

Semi-Finals (16 February 2006 — 17:12)

Winners advanced to Final A, losers to Final B.

Heat 1 Matteo AnesiEnrico FabrisIppolito SanfratelloITA Fovertaken – overtakenCNED Sven KramerCarl VerheijenErben Wennemars
31.07 57.93 1:25.28 1:52.34 2:19.41 2:47.21 3:18.4030.84 56.99 1:23.75 1:51.13 2:18.40
Heat 2 Arne DankersDenny MorrisonJustin WarsylewiczCAN F3:44.91 – 3:47.81CNOR Håvard BøkkoEskil ErvikMikael Flygind Larsen
31.72 57.94 1:24.63 1:51.45 2:18.98 2:46.97 3:15.5432.41 59.49 1:27.05 1:54.41 2:22.08 2:50.25 3:18.91

Final Round (16 February 2006)

Final D Stefan HeythausenRobert LehmannTobias SchneiderGER F3:48.28 – 3:50.37CJPN Kesato MiyazakiTeruhiro SugimoriTakahiro Ushiyama
31.39 58.88 1:26.70 1:54.55 2:22.67 2:51.39 3:19.6831.65 59.44 1:27.88 1:56.11 2:24.46 2:53.15 3:22.05
Final C Aleksandr KibalkoDmitry ShepelIvan SkobrevRUS C3:46.91 – 3:49.73FUSA KC BoutietteCharles LeveilleClay Mull
31.05 58.01 1:25.21 1:52.65 2:20.74 2:49.32 3:17.8132.08 59.23 1:27.09 1:55.39 2:23.25 2:52.00 3:20.68
Final B Sven KramerMark TuitertCarl VerheijenNED F3:44.53 – 3:45.96CNOR Håvard BøkkoEskil ErvikMikael Flygind Larsen
31.52 58.46 1:25.68 1:53.48 2:21.24 2:49.04 3:16.8731.22 57.88 1:24.76 1:52.53 2:20.68 2:48.88 3:17.75
Final A Matteo AnesiEnrico FabrisIppolito SanfratelloITA C3:44.46 – 3:47.28FCAN Arne DankersSteven ElmJustin Warsylewicz
31.01 58.14 1:25.35 1:52.60 2:19.86 2:47.85 3:15.6931.96 58.86 1:25.77 1:52.71 2:20.69 2:49.38 3:18.02