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Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women

Date15 – 16 February 2006
StatusOlympic
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.

PosTeamNOC
1GermanyGERGold
Daniela Anschütz-ThomsAnni FriesingerLucille OpitzClaudia PechsteinSabine Völker
2CanadaCANSilver
Kristina GrovesClara HughesCindy KlassenChristine NesbittShannon Rempel
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Yekaterina AbramovaVarvara BaryshevaGalina LikhachovaYekaterina LobyshevaSvetlana Vysokova
4JapanJPN1
Eriko IshinoNami NemotoHiromi OtsuMaki TabataEriko Seo (DNS)
5United StatesUSA
Maggie CrowleyMaria LambCatherine RaneyJennifer RodriguezAmy Sannes
6NetherlandsNED
Renate GroenewoldMoniek KleinsmanGretha SmitPaulien van DeutekomIreen Wüst
7NorwayNOR
Annette BjelkevikHedvig BjelkevikMaren Haugli
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Ji JiaWang FeiZhang Xiaolei

Qualifying Round (15 February 2006 — 17:00)

Ranking determined draw for quarter-finals.

PosPairTeamNOCTime
13FRussian FederationRUS3:03.19OR
Yekaterina AbramovaVarvara BaryshevaSvetlana Vysokova
21CNorwayNOR3:06.34OR
Annette BjelkevikHedvig BjelkevikMaren Haugli
34CCanadaCAN3:06.45
Kristina GrovesClara HughesShannon Rempel
42FNetherlandsNED3:06.67
Renate GroenewoldMoniek KleinsmanGretha Smit
54FGermanyGER3:07.07
Daniela Anschütz-ThomsLucille OpitzSabine Völker
61FUnited StatesUSA3:07.83
Maggie CrowleyMaria LambAmy Sannes
72CJapanJPN3:08.34
Nami NemotoHiromi OtsuMaki Tabata
83CPeople's Republic of ChinaCHN3:18.24
Ji JiaWang FeiZhang Xiaolei

Quarter-Finals (15 February 2006 — 18:26)

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

Heat 1 Kristina GrovesCindy KlassenChristine NesbittCAN F3:01.24 – 3:04.59CUSA Maria LambCatherine RaneyJennifer Rodriguez
32.36 1:00.59 1:30.39 2:00.83 2:30.7433.63 1:02.40 1:31.93 2:02.00 2:32.63
Heat 2 Eriko IshinoHiromi OtsuMaki TabataJPN Covertaken – overtakenFNOR Annette BjelkevikHedvig BjelkevikMaren Haugli
33.81 1:03.59 1:33.82 2:04.23 2:36.1033.66 1:02.29 1:31.86 2:02.35 3:02.41
Heat 3 Daniela Anschütz-ThomsAnni FriesingerClaudia PechsteinGER C3:01.52 – 3:03.65FNED Renate GroenewoldMoniek KleinsmanGretha Smit
32.54 1:01.26 1:30.72 2:00.55 2:30.9733.72 1:02.67 1:31.96 2:01.82 2:32.97
Heat 4 Yekaterina AbramovaGalina LikhachovaYekaterina LobyshevaRUS F3:05.93 – 3:08.29CCHN Ji JiaWang FeiZhang Xiaolei
34.08 1:03.75 1:33.84 2:04.44 2:35.1034.01 1:03.86 1:34.17 2:04.84 2:36.26

Semi-Finals (16 February 2006 — 17:00)

Winners advanced to Final A, losers to Final B.

Heat 1 Kristina GrovesClara HughesCindy KlassenCAN F3:02.13 – 3:05.95CJPN Eriko IshinoNami NemotoMaki Tabata
33.61 1:02.63 1:32.20 2:01.68 2:31.6433.02 1:01.70 1:31.75 2:02.27 2:33.97
Heat 2 Daniela Anschütz-ThomsAnni FriesingerClaudia PechsteinGER C3:02.72 – 3:07.42FRUS Varvara BaryshevaGalina LikhachovaSvetlana Vysokova
33.08 1:02.29 1:31.30 2:00.80 2:31.0633.66 1:02.97 1:33.29 2:03.74 2:35.64

Final Round (16 February 2006)

Final D Annette BjelkevikHedvig BjelkevikMaren HaugliNOR C3:06.20 – 3:06.91FCHN Ji JiaWang FeiZhang Xiaolei
33.79 1:02.48 1:32.34 2:02.99 2:34.5833.93 1:03.97 1:34.33 2:04.81 2:36.36
Final C Maggie CrowleyMaria LambCatherine RaneyUSA C3:04.22 – 3:05.62FNED Gretha SmitPaulien van DeutekomIreen Wüst
34.20 1:03.59 1:33.50 2:03.43 2:33.9035.07 1:04.02 1:33.60 2:04.11 2:34.87
Final B Yekaterina AbramovaVarvara BaryshevaSvetlana VysokovaRUS Fovertaken – overtakenCJPN Eriko IshinoHiromi OtsuMaki Tabata
33.60 1:02.61 1:32.17 2:02.4633.14 1:01.61 1:31.51
Final A Daniela Anschütz-ThomsAnni FriesingerClaudia PechsteinGER C3:01.25 – 3:02.91FCAN Kristina GrovesClara HughesCindy Klassen
32.82 1:02.09 1:31.65 2:01.47 2:31.4633.76 1:02.91 1:32.75 2:02.50 2:32.67