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Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women

Date15 – 16 February 2006
LocationOval Lingotto, Torino
Participants35 from 8 countries
FormatTeams of three skaters, time of the third skater counts.
StarterJunichi TakanoJPN
RefereeDan ImmerfallUSA

With Canada and Germany dominating the women’s allround events, they were expected to medal in the team pursuit as well. At the first World Championships in 2005, Germany had won in front of their home crowd, ahead of the Canadians and the Japanese. At the Olympic test event in December, Germany had also beaten the Canadians.

Both Germany and Canada did not use their strongest team in the ranking round, leaving a surprising Russian team to lead the tables. In the elimination rounds, the Canadians and Germans did not meet with much opposition, Germany beating the Netherlands and Russia, Canada beating the United States and Japan, so the two favorites could meet in the final.

That race turned out to be rather uneventful, with Germany leading by about a second for most of the race, and even extending their lead in the final laps. In the bronze medal race, the Japanese ladies seemed to emulate their 2005 World Championship performance, but a fall cost them a medal, the bronze instead going to the Russian ladies.

Daniela Anschütz-ThomsAnni FriesingerLucille OpitzClaudia PechsteinSabine Völker
Kristina GrovesClara HughesCindy KlassenChristine NesbittShannon Rempel
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Yekaterina AbramovaVarvara BaryshevaGalina LikhachovaYekaterina LobyshevaSvetlana Vysokova
Eriko IshinoNami NemotoHiromi OtsuMaki TabataEriko Seo (DNS)
5United StatesUSA
Maggie CrowleyMaria LambCatherine RaneyJennifer RodriguezAmy Sannes
Renate GroenewoldMoniek KleinsmanGretha SmitPaulien van DeutekomIreen Wüst
Annette BjelkevikHedvig BjelkevikMaren Haugli
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Ji JiaWang FeiZhang Xiaolei

Qualifying Round

Date15 February 2006 — 17:00
FormatRanking determined draw for quarter-finals.
13FRussian FederationRUS3:03.19OR
Yekaterina AbramovaVarvara BaryshevaSvetlana Vysokova
Annette BjelkevikHedvig BjelkevikMaren Haugli
Kristina GrovesClara HughesShannon Rempel
Renate GroenewoldMoniek KleinsmanGretha Smit
Daniela Anschütz-ThomsLucille OpitzSabine Völker
61FUnited StatesUSA3:07.83
Maggie CrowleyMaria LambAmy Sannes
Nami NemotoHiromi OtsuMaki Tabata
83CPeople's Republic of ChinaCHN3:18.24
Ji JiaWang FeiZhang Xiaolei


Date15 February 2006 — 18:26
FormatWinners advanced to semi-finals. Next two fastest teams advanced to Final C, the slowest two advanced to Final D.
Match #115 FebCanadaCAN3:01.24 – 3:04.59United StatesUSAQ
Match #215 FebJapanJPNNorwayNORQovertake
Match #315 FebGermanyGER3:01.52 – 3:03.65NetherlandsNEDQ
Match #415 FebRussian FederationRUS3:05.93 – 3:08.29People's Republic of ChinaCHNQ


Date16 February 2006 — 17:00
FormatWinners advanced to Final A, losers to Final B.
Match #116 FebCanadaCAN3:02.13 – 3:05.95JapanJPNQ
Match #216 FebGermanyGER3:02.72 – 3:07.42Russian FederationRUSQ

Final Round

Date16 February 2006
Final D16 Feb 17:46NorwayNOR3:06.20 – 3:06.91People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Final C16 Feb 17:52United StatesUSA3:04.22 – 3:05.62NetherlandsNED
Final B16 Feb 18:32Russian FederationRUSJapanJPNovertake
Final A16 Feb 18:38GermanyGER3:01.25 – 3:02.91CanadaCAN