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15 kilometres, Women

Date11 February 2002 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants71 from 26 countries
FormatOne-minute penalty for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 15,907 m
Height Differential: 47 m
Maximum Climb: 31 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 3.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 6.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 3: Prone at 9.0 km, 50 m range
Shooting 4: Standing at 12.0 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 515 m

The 2001 World Champion was Sweden’s Magdalena Forsberg, who was in the midst of winning her sixth consecutive overall World Cup title. This was her third Olympics, having competed in cross-country in 1992 and both biathlon and cross-country in 1998, but she had yet to win an Olympic medal, despite also having won six individual World Championships between 1997-2001. The early lead was taken by Germany’s Andrea Henkel, well-known on the World Cup circuit, but who had never won a medal in a major international. Henkel missed only one shot, equal or better than all the leaders, and she finished in 47:29.1, which would be the fifth fastest ski time. No one challenged her time until Norway’s Liv Grete Skjelbreid-Poirée started 56th. The wife of France’s biathlon star Raphaël Poirée also missed only one target and came in less than eight seconds behind Henkel. Forsberg started 65th, and posted the third fastest ski time, but her two missed targets brought her home in third place, 39.2 seconds behind Henkel. Henkel’s gold medal was somewhat surprising but over the next six years, she would win four individual World Championships and the 2006-07 World Cup.

A few days later Forsberg would also win a bronze in the sprint. She would finish the 2001-02 World Cup season as the champion for the sixth year in a row, and retired after 2002. The greatest ever female biathlete, Magdalena Forsberg would end her career with only two bronze medals at the Olympics.

PosNrBiathleteNOCTimeMissesSkiing (Pos)
126Andrea HenkelGER47:29.1146:29.1 (5)Gold
256Liv Grete Skjelbreid-PoiréeNOR47:37.0146:37.0 (6)Silver
365Magdalena ForsbergSWE48:08.3246:08.3 (3)Bronze
443Olga PylyovaRUS48:14.0246:14.0 (4)
548Ekaterina DafovskaBUL48:15.5147:15.5 (14)
644Volha NazaravaBLR48:29.9147:29.9 (16)
741Martina GlagowGER48:34.2147:34.2 (17)
829Svetlana IshmuratovaRUS48:45.0246:45.0 (7)
95Martina JašicováSVK48:47.5246:47.5 (8)
1047Albina AkhatovaRUS49:06.1247:06.1 (10)
1140Florence Baverel-RobertFRA49:10.2247:10.2 (12)
1239Uschi DislGER49:43.4445:43.4 (2)
1352Katja HolantiFIN49:52.3247:52.3 (21)
1445Soňa MihokováSVK50:00.7347:00.7 (9)
1555Sun RiboCHN50:04.7149:04.7 (29)
164Sylvie BecaertFRA50:09.0248:09.0 (23)
1769Liu XianyingCHN50:09.4050:09.4 (48)
1830Katrin ApelGER50:16.7545:16.7 (1)
1957Kateřina LosmanováCZE50:42.0347:42.0 (18)
2068Pavlina FilipovaBUL50:47.5347:47.5 (19)
2124Corinne NiogretFRA50:49.6149:49.6 (43)
2266Ann-Elen SkjelbreidNOR50:51.1347:51.1 (20)
2321Zdeňka VejnarováCZE50:54.7149:54.7 (45)
2459Olena PetrovaUKR51:05.7150:05.7 (47)
2571Lucija LarisiSLO51:12.1249:12.1 (33)
2660Delphyne BurletFRA51:19.2249:19.2 (34)
2762Oksana YakovlievaUKR51:22.2249:22.2 (35)
2867Irena ČesnekováCZE51:28.0249:28.0 (38)
2923Oksana KhvostenkoUKR51:34.4051:34.4 (55)
3017Gunn Margit AndreassenNOR51:42.9348:42.9 (26)
3115Rachel SteerUSA51:50.6249:50.6 (44)
3242Iva KaragiozovaBUL51:59.3249:59.3 (46)
3363Marcela PavkovčekováSVK52:03.7448:03.7 (22)
3458Olena ZubrilovaUKR52:10.7349:10.7 (31)
3513Eva HákováCZE52:11.0349:11.0 (32)
3650Michela PonzaITA52:13.6250:13.6 (50)
3731Olga ZaytsevaRUS52:26.2448:26.2 (24)
3837Kseniya ZikunkovaBLR52:26.8349:26.8 (37)
3946Linda TjørhomNOR52:34.0448:34.0 (25)
4025Sanna-Leena PerunkaFIN52:48.8349:48.8 (42)
4136Tadeja BrankovičSLO53:08.9449:08.9 (30)
4251Hiromi SugaJPN53:10.6350:10.6 (49)
432Irina NikulchinaBUL53:16.7647:16.7 (15)
448Kong YingchaoCHN53:38.0251:38.0 (57)
4561Tamami TanakaJPN53:40.4449:40.4 (40)
4638Yu ShumeiCHN53:43.0548:43.0 (27)
476Katja HallerITA53:44.0251:44.0 (59)
4849Outi KettunenFIN53:48.1449:48.1 (41)
4964Saskia SanterITA54:14.7747:14.7 (13)
5022Ryoko TakahashiJPN54:18.0450:18.0 (51)
519Liudmila LysenkaBLR54:25.4450:25.4 (52)
5214Eva TofalviROU54:36.7351:36.7 (56)
5332Anna MurínováSVK54:39.2549:39.2 (39)
547Anna Stera-KustuczPOL54:47.1450:47.1 (53)
5554Kristina SabasteanskiUSA55:00.9451:00.9 (54)
5653Andreja GrašičSLO55:06.4847:06.4 (11)
571Dijana GrudičekSLO55:50.3748:50.3 (28)
5827Ivett SzöllősiHUN56:34.8155:34.8 (65)
5920Kara SalmelaUSA57:25.9849:25.9 (36)
6034Yelena DubokKAZ57:32.5552:32.5 (60)
6118Dana CojoceaROU57:37.0552:37.0 (61)
6228Valentina CiurinaMDA58:40.8652:40.8 (62)
6333Andžela BriceLAT59:20.9653:20.9 (63)
6416Mami ShindoJPN59:38.6851:38.6 (58)
653Zsuzsanna BekecsHUN1-00:40.7555:40.7 (66)
6635Kim Ja-YounKOR1-01:13.8754:13.8 (64)
6712Claudia BarrenecheaCHI1-02:30.0359:30.0 (69)
6811Despoina VavatsiGRE1-04:39.4757:39.4 (67)
6910Natalia LoveceARG1-09:56.81257:56.8 (68)
AC19Nathalie SanterITA– (–)DNF
AC70Liudmila AnankaBLR– (–)DNF