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20 kilometres, Freestyle, Women

Date25 February 1988 — 9:30
StatusOlympic
LocationCanmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Participants55 from 18 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 98 m
Intermediate 1: 5.0 km
Intermediate 2: 10.0 km
Intermediate 3: 15.0 km
Maximum Climb: 51 m
Total Climbing: 738 m

This event was no longer held at the World Championships, having been supplanted by a 30 km race in 1987 at Oberstdorf, and this would be the last time it was held at the Winter Olympics, as the 30 km would become the women’s long-distance event from 1992 onwards. The 1987 World Champion in the 30 km was Sweden’s Marie-Helene Westin-Östlund but she was never a factor in Calgary, finishing 10th. The race was dominated by two Soviet skiers, Tamara Tikhonova and Anfisa Reztsova, who were 1-2 at every checkpoint, and would win the gold and silver medal, respectively, Reztsova over a minute ahead of the bronze medalist, their teammate, Raisa Smetanina. The medal sweep was the first in cross-country skiing since 1960 and 1964, when the Soviet Union won all three medals in the 10 km both years. The fourth Soviet skier was Nina Gavrylyuk, who originally placed eighth but was disqualified for wearing the logo of a shoe manufacturer on her headband.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
142Tamara TikhonovaURS55:53.615:35.0 (1)27:20.1 (1)44:01.9 (1)Gold
254Anfisa ReztsovaURS56:12.815:41.1 (2)27:30.8 (2)44:09.2 (2)Silver
328Raisa SmetaninaURS57:22.116:12.2 (5)28:10.2 (5)45:15.9 (=3)Bronze
412Christina Gilli-BrüggerSUI57:37.416:03.0 (3)28:07.4 (4)45:15.9 (=3)
539Simone OpitzGDR57:54.316:03.1 (4)28:07.3 (3)45:28.5 (5)
619Manuela Di CentaITA57:55.216:21.9 (12)28:25.9 (8)45:50.3 (6)
716Kerstin MoringGDR58:17.216:20.6 (9)28:23.4 (7)45:58.8 (7)
850Marianne DahlmoNOR58:31.116:19.8 (8)28:26.3 (9)46:03.2 (8)
940Anna-Lena FritzonSWE58:37.416:20.8 (10)28:34.0 (10)46:09.8 (10)
1045Marie-Helene WestinSWE58:39.416:12.8 (6)28:14.9 (6)46:08.8 (9)
1136Marja-Liisa KirvesniemiFIN58:45.616:55.7 (22)29:08.1 (17)46:32.5 (12)
1247Marjo MatikainenFIN58:50.716:45.2 (17)28:58.6 (16)46:43.6 (17)
1349Alžbeta HavrančíkováTCH58:51.416:17.4 (7)28:56.2 (15)46:34.7 (13)
1441Evi KratzerSUI58:56.116:25.4 (14)28:54.4 (13)46:15.0 (11)
1551Simone Greiner-PetterGDR59:01.216:27.4 (15)28:54.7 (14)46:35.8 (14)
1622Karin ThomasSUI59:17.216:21.8 (11)28:45.2 (12)46:40.2 (=15)
1737Viera KlimkováTCH59:22.516:24.0 (13)28:35.1 (11)46:40.2 (=15)
187Marit ElveosNOR59:33.216:50.4 (19)29:19.3 (20)47:09.7 (18)
1946Guidina Dal SassoITA59:40.416:42.1 (16)29:18.2 (19)47:13.2 (19)
2033Anette BøeNOR59:45.816:51.8 (20)29:14.6 (18)47:15.5 (20)
216Lis FrostSWE59:59.617:02.1 (=24)29:29.8 (21)47:29.0 (21)
2225Karin Lamberg-SkogSWE1-00:34.616:55.5 (21)29:42.7 (24)47:48.5 (22)
2311Dorcas DenHartogUSA1-00:48.617:12.1 (29)29:49.3 (26)47:57.0 (23)
2421Marit WoldNOR1-00:55.017:16.6 (31)30:07.9 (30)48:22.0 (26)
2517Leslie ThompsonUSA1-01:04.117:02.1 (=24)29:30.8 (=22)48:09.6 (24)
2613Carol GibsonCAN1-01:12.017:19.9 (32)29:56.2 (27)48:31.0 (28)
2735Marie-Andrée MassonCAN1-01:12.617:02.1 (=24)29:46.4 (25)48:19.1 (25)
289Jaana SavolainenFIN1-01:26.817:09.7 (27)30:01.9 (28)48:28.4 (27)
2932Stefania BelmondoITA1-01:36.916:58.9 (23)30:07.2 (29)48:36.8 (29)
3053Marianne IrnigerSUI1-01:51.517:27.5 (37)30:25.2 (36)48:47.1 (31)
3152Jean McAllisterCAN1-02:02.817:23.5 (36)30:22.4 (34)49:02.8 (32)
3226Eija HyytiäinenFIN1-02:06.916:48.5 (18)29:30.8 (=22)48:45.5 (30)
3310Ľubomíra BalážováTCH1-02:25.017:23.0 (35)30:18.9 (32)49:35.9 (36)
3418Ivana RádlováTCH1-02:25.417:21.8 (33)30:26.2 (37)49:34.1 (34)
3543Karin JägerFRG1-02:34.617:16.0 (30)30:22.9 (35)49:21.7 (33)
362Elena DesderiITA1-02:54.817:43.7 (41)30:50.2 (39)49:52.3 (40)
3738Cornelia SulzerAUT1-03:01.217:22.4 (34)30:19.4 (33)49:34.5 (35)
383Susann KuhfittigGDR1-03:05.817:37.5 (39)30:32.8 (38)49:49.0 (38)
3927Rodica DrăgușROU1-03:06.017:29.7 (38)30:56.3 (41)49:49.8 (39)
4023Madonna HarrisNZL1-03:09.617:11.3 (28)30:17.8 (31)49:39.0 (37)
418Birgit KohlruschFRG1-03:16.217:50.6 (43)30:50.9 (40)50:03.7 (41)
4248Betsy YoungmanUSA1-03:31.318:01.1 (44)30:59.2 (42)50:17.0 (42)
4344Nancy FiddlerUSA1-03:57.517:46.5 (42)30:59.9 (44)50:22.1 (43)
4424Angela Schmidt-FosterCAN1-04:21.917:38.5 (40)30:59.3 (43)50:44.1 (44)
4530Stefanie BirkelbachFRG1-04:40.518:03.2 (45)31:41.2 (45)51:19.2 (45)
465Adina ŢuţulanROU1-05:48.618:37.3 (46)32:17.6 (46)52:00.6 (46)
4729Tang YuqinCHN1-06:50.118:45.4 (48)32:36.0 (48)52:50.6 (47)
4834Mihaela CârstoiROU1-06:59.518:40.8 (47)32:29.3 (47)52:55.7 (48)
4920Piroska AbosESP1-07:33.118:54.6 (50)32:41.5 (49)53:26.1 (50)
5014Hildegard EmbacherAUT1-07:35.118:48.4 (49)32:42.8 (50)53:22.6 (49)
5115Davaagiin EnkheeMGL1-08:14.519:02.7 (51)33:11.7 (51)53:52.4 (51)
524Louise McKenzieGBR1-11:07.320:00.8 (52)34:40.3 (52)56:15.9 (52)
AC31Margot KoberAUT– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC55Sonja BilgeriFRG– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC1Nina GavrylyukURS– (–)– (–)– (–)DQ