| Event type

4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women

Date21 February 1980 — 9:00
LocationMt. Van Hoevenberg Recreation Area, Lake Placid (Cross Country Complex)
Participants32 from 8 countries
DetailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 100 m
Maximum Climb: 55 m
Total Climbing: 162 m

The defending Olympic champion Soviet Union was regarded as the favorite, but at the 1978 World Championships the Soviet team was beaten into third place behind Finland and Sweden after a very close battle. The 1980 Olympic relay became a rather non-exciting affair, with almost no changing of positions among the best teams after the first leg.

At the first leg, four teams left the others early: East Germany, the Soviet Union, Norway and Sweden, and at the last part of the leg, East Germany’s Marlies Rostock and Soviet Nina Baldycheva went away, Rostock reaching the exchange two seconds ahead of Baldycheva, with Norway in third 18 seconds behind the leader. On the second leg East Germany’s Carola Anding went away from the Soviet Union’s Nina Rocheva and built up almost a 30 second lead at the exchange. Norway was still in third, 35 seconds behind the leader. On the third leg Veronika Hesse decided the relay in East Germany’s favor by outclassing Galina Kulakova, and when Olympic 10 km champion Barbara Petzold took over on the anchor leg, the margin ahead of the Soviet team was nearly one minute, with Norway still in third place. Petzold cruised to the finish for an easy win, 1:05 ahead of Soviet’s Raisa Smetanina, and Norway’s Berit Aunli was another minute behind in third place. Finland was a distant and disappointing fifth behind Czechoslovakia, after lying sixth most of the race. Their anchor leg skier Hilkka Riihivouri overtook Sweden in the final part of the race.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
12East GermanyGDR1-02:11.10Gold
2-1Marlies Rostock15:50.6415:50.64 (1)
2-2Carola Anding15:39.5231:30.16 (1)
2-3Veronika Hesse15:18.2346:48.39 (1)
2-4Barbara Petzold15:22.711-02:11.10 (1)
23Soviet UnionURS1-03:18.30Silver
3-1Nina Baldycheva15:52.7815:52.78 (2)
3-2Nina Rocheva16:03.8331:56.61 (2)
3-3Galina Kulakova15:50.0647:46.67 (2)
3-4Raisa Smetanina15:31.631-03:18.30 (2)
5-1Brit Pettersen16:08.6516:08.65 (3)
5-2Anette Bøe15:56.6132:05.26 (3)
5-3Marit Myrmæl16:15.9148:21.17 (3)
5-4Berit Aunli15:52.331-04:13.50 (3)
6-1Dagmar Palečková16:38.4316:38.43 (5)
6-2Gabriela Svobodová15:54.2032:32.63 (4)
6-3Blanka Paulů16:12.2348:44.86 (4)
6-4Květa Jeriová15:46.531-04:31.39 (4)
1-1Marja Auroma16:52.9516:52.95 (6)
1-2Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen16:17.1333:10.08 (6)
1-3Helena Takalo15:53.2749:03.35 (6)
1-4Hilkka Riihivuori15:37.931-04:41.28 (5)
4-1Marie Johansson16:19.5316:19.53 (4)
4-2Karin Lamberg16:14.4532:33.98 (5)
4-3Eva Olsson16:13.7548:47.73 (5)
4-4Lena Carlzon-Lundbäck16:28.591-05:16.32 (6)
77United StatesUSA1-06:55.41
7-1Alison Owen-Spencer17:03.6317:03.63 (7)
7-2Beth Paxson16:42.7833:46.41 (7)
7-3Leslie Bancroft16:24.5250:10.93 (7)
7-4Lynn Spencer16:44.481-06:55.41 (7)
8-1Angela Schmidt17:10.7417:10.74 (8)
8-2Shirley Firth16:51.3734:02.11 (8)
8-3Esther Miller17:07.9651:10.07 (8)
8-4Joan Groothuysen16:35.681-07:45.75 (8)