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5 kilometres, Classical, Women

Date17 February 1988 — 9:45
StatusOlympic
LocationCanmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Participants55 from 17 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 50 m
Intermediate 1: 3.1 km
Maximum Climb: 37 m
Total Climbing: 223 m

Finland’s Marjo Matikainen was favored, having won the 1987 World Championship, the last two seasonal World Cups, and she was leading the 1987-88 World Cup chase. She trailed at the 3.1 km checkpoint, where the leader was her teammate, Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen, who was the defending champion and had won all three individual gold medals in Sarajevo. But Kirvesniemi-Hämäläinen struggled in the final two kilometers, posting only the sixth fastest finishing split, and Matikainen won a narrow victory over Soviet Tamara Tikhonova, who was one second behind Matikainen at 3.1 km and could not make up the deficit. The fastest finisher was Norway’s Inger Helene Nybråten, but she had started poorly, only equal eleventh at the first time check, and would finish sixth. This was Matikainen’s final season. She retired to study engineering and would later, in 1999, be elected to the European Parliament. The bronze medal went to Vida Vencienė, who had already won gold in Calgary in the 10 km.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)
152Marjo MatikainenFIN15:04.09:33.2 (2)Gold
29Tamara TikhonovaURS15:05.39:34.2 (3)Silver
353Vida VencienėURS15:11.19:36.4 (5)Bronze
430Anne JahrenNOR15:12.69:34.6 (4)
533Marja-Liisa KirvesniemiFIN15:16.79:31.2 (1)
655Inger Helene NybråtenNOR15:17.79:47.7 (=11)
746Marie-Helene WestinSWE15:28.99:40.6 (7)
814Sviatlana NahieykinaURS15:29.99:42.1 (8)
91Marianne DahlmoNOR15:30.49:37.7 (6)
1032Raisa SmetaninaURS15:35.99:47.9 (13)
1126Brit PettersenNOR15:36.79:47.7 (=11)
127Tuulikki PyykkönenFIN15:38.19:49.2 (14)
1338Simone OpitzGDR15:41.19:43.8 (9)
1436Evi KratzerSUI15:42.89:50.5 (15)
1547Christina Gilli-BrüggerSUI15:44.59:47.4 (10)
1623Pirkko MäättäFIN15:51.89:57.7 (16)
1739Anna-Lena FritzonSWE15:55.610:00.2 (17)
1820Manuela Di CentaITA15:57.210:02.7 (18)
1925Kerstin MoringGDR16:01.610:09.8 (20)
2049Cornelia SulzerAUT16:09.710:10.9 (22)
2117Marie JohanssonSWE16:12.110:10.2 (21)
2250Viera KlimkováTCH16:14.110:03.0 (19)
232Karin SvingstedtSWE16:15.010:18.9 (26)
2454Klara AngererITA16:20.410:11.8 (23)
258Silke BraunGDR16:22.510:17.1 (25)
2628Lorna SassevilleCAN16:23.310:21.5 (28)
2731Guidina Dal SassoITA16:26.410:21.6 (29)
2844Karin JägerFRG16:28.010:13.0 (24)
2919Alžbeta HavrančíkováTCH16:28.310:23.4 (31)
3042Ľubomíra BalážováTCH16:30.910:19.8 (27)
3156Leslie KrichkoUSA16:31.110:25.4 (32)
3237Angela Schmidt-FosterCAN16:32.510:23.0 (30)
333Carol GibsonCAN16:35.210:32.5 (38)
3410Maria TheurlAUT16:36.710:27.4 (34)
354Marianne IrnigerSUI16:37.510:31.6 (36)
3621Margot KoberAUT16:39.210:26.0 (33)
3748Susann KuhfittigGDR16:41.910:28.3 (35)
386Ivana RádlováTCH16:43.610:32.3 (37)
3924Leslie ThompsonUSA16:58.510:34.0 (39)
4015Karin ThomasSUI17:04.110:39.3 (42)
4143Nancy FiddlerUSA17:05.410:46.9 (44)
4211Gabriella CarrelITA17:08.810:49.8 (45)
4318Stefanie BirkelbachFRG17:09.110:37.8 (40)
4435Birgit KohlruschFRG17:10.310:44.4 (43)
4540Hildegard EmbacherAUT17:18.610:38.6 (41)
4651Jean McAllisterCAN17:32.411:02.0 (47)
475Betsy YoungmanUSA17:32.611:09.1 (48)
4813Sonja BilgeriFRG17:33.210:58.6 (46)
4934Piroska AbosESP17:41.611:11.6 (49)
5016Davaagiin EnkheeMGL18:02.211:18.0 (50)
5127Mihaela CârstoiROU18:21.611:23.7 (51)
5212Louise McKenzieGBR18:41.811:38.5 (52)
5329Jean WatsonGBR18:54.111:49.2 (53)
AC41Ileana HanganROU– (–)DNF
AC22Wang JinfenCHN– (–)DNF
DNS45Yvonne MarreroPUR– (–)