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3 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women

Date26 February 1960
LocationMcKinney Creek Stadium, Tahoma, California
Participants15 from 5 countries
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As in 1956, when they surprisingly lost to Finland, the Soviet ladies were heavy favorites before the relay, having taken the first four places in the individual event and they had also had a convincing victory at the 1958 world championships. But the Olympic relay event was once again a troublesome affair for the Soviets. On the first leg, Radiya Yeroshina ran into trouble, as Sweden’s Irma Johansson, built up a commanding lead. The Soviet Union and Finland were equal in third place at the exchange behind Poland, and 1:27 behind Sweden. On the second leg, Mariya Gusakova went away from Finland, but could only take 27 seconds on Sweden’s Britt Strandberg. At the last exchange, Sonja Ruthström of Sweden had a one minute lead on Soviet’s Lyubov Baranova, and even though Baranova produced the fastest leg of the day, Ruthström easily secured the gold for Sweden, definitely one of the most unexpected cross country skiing victories in the Olympic history. In the individual 10 km event, the ladies on the Soviet team placed 1-2-3 and the Swedes 5-8-10! Finland’s skiers over the last two legs had no problems overtaking the Polish team to win the bronze medal.

11SwedenSWE1-04:21.4– (–)Gold
Lead-Off1-1Irma Johansson 21:31.021:31.0 (1)
2nd Leg1-2Britt Strandberg 21:45.043:16.0 (1)
Anchor1-3Sonja Edström-Ruthström 21:05.41-04:21.4 (1)
26Soviet UnionURS1-05:02.6– (–)Silver
Lead-Off6-1Radya Yeroshina 22:57.022:57.0 (=3)
2nd Leg6-2Mariya Gusakova 21:18.044:15.0 (2)
Anchor6-3Lyubov Kozyreva-Baranova 20:47.61-05:02.6 (2)
35FinlandFIN1-06:27.5– (–)Bronze
Lead-Off5-1Siiri Rantanen 22:57.022:57.0 (=3)
2nd Leg5-2Eeva Ruoppa 21:51.044:48.0 (3)
Anchor5-3Toini Pöysti 21:39.51-06:27.5 (3)
44PolandPOL1-07:24.6– (–)
Lead-Off4-1Stefania Biegun 22:10.022:10.0 (2)
2nd Leg4-2Helena Gąsienica Daniel 23:05.045:15.0 (4)
Anchor4-3Józefa Czerniawska-Pęksa 22:09.61-07:24.6 (4)
53Unified Team of GermanyGER1-09:25.7– (–)
Lead-Off3-1Rita Czech-Blasel 22:59.022:59.0 (5)
2nd Leg3-2Renate Dannhauer-Borges 22:48.045:47.0 (5)
Anchor3-3Sonnhilde Hausschild-Kallus 23:38.71-09:25.7 (5)
DNS2BulgariaBUL– (–)