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15 kilometres, Freestyle, Women

Date13 February 1994 — 10:00-12:10
StatusOlympic
LocationBirkebeineren Skistadion, Lillehammer
Participants54 from 19 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 166 m
Intermediate 1: 1.7 km
Intermediate 2: 7.1 km
Maximum Climb: 65 m
Total Climbing: 563 m

This was the first cross-country ski race of the Lillehammer Olympics. The favorites were the big five of women’s cross-country over the last few years – Russians Lyubov Yegorova, Yelena Välbe, and Larisa Lazutina and Italians Manuela Di Centa and Stefania Belmondo. Di Centa, Yegorova, and Valbe were currently in a tight battle for the 1993-94 World Cup title, with Di Centa eventually winning it, while Välbe had won the last two World Championships at the distance. There were 54 starters and the favorites all went off from starting position 43 to 52. But right from the start, Di Centa set the fastest pace and she would win fairly easily, almost by 19 seconds over Yegorova. Belmondo, Lazutina, and Välbe placed 4-5-6 respectively, while the bronze medal went to Russian Nina Gavrylyuk. Di Centa would win five medals in all the cross-country events in Lillehammer, adding a gold in the 30 km to her victory in this event. Gavrylyuk was the least heralded of the Russians, and this was her only individual Olympic medal, but she would win three relay golds in her career – in 1988, 1994, and 1998.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
144Manuela Di CentaITA39:44.54:47.6 (1)21:50.7 (1)Gold
247Lyubov YegorovaRUS41:03.04:53.1 (2)22:28.5 (2)Silver
345Nina GavrylyukRUS41:10.44:59.3 (3)22:54.6 (3)Bronze
443Stefania BelmondoITA41:33.65:04.8 (6)22:55.7 (4)
552Larisa LazutinaRUS41:57.65:03.8 (5)23:23.5 (5)
646Yelena VälbeRUS42:26.65:00.7 (4)23:29.5 (6)
736Antonina OrdinaSWE42:29.15:07.2 (9)23:40.9 (7)
850Alžbeta HavrančíkováSVK42:34.45:05.1 (7)23:42.1 (8)
934Sophie VilleneuveFRA42:41.35:17.1 (14)23:47.4 (11)
1042Anita MoenNOR42:42.95:09.6 (11)23:46.8 (10)
1124Fumiko AokiJPN43:01.45:08.7 (10)23:42.4 (9)
1249Gabriella ParuzziITA43:05.15:19.1 (17)24:11.7 (14)
1340Elin NilsenNOR43:19.85:16.6 (13)23:53.2 (12)
=1441Marit WoldNOR43:25.15:17.8 (16)24:14.1 (15)
=1454Kateřina NeumannováCZE43:25.15:06.5 (8)24:01.6 (13)
1639Merja LahtinenFIN43:50.75:14.4 (12)24:24.4 (16)
1748Marie-Helene ÖstlundSWE44:03.65:20.3 (18)24:45.1 (18)
1835Bernadetta BocekPOL44:12.85:22.3 (23)24:50.2 (20)
1917Anna-Lena FritzonSWE44:26.95:25.6 (25)24:53.7 (21)
2021Bente MartinsenNOR44:35.05:21.8 (20)25:18.3 (28)
2151Sylvia HoneggerSUI44:41.95:22.0 (21)24:48.0 (19)
2211Dorota KwaśnyPOL44:43.15:27.6 (29)24:38.6 (17)
2338Piret NiglasEST44:48.35:26.6 (28)24:55.4 (23)
2420Mari HietalaFIN44:56.85:17.4 (15)25:06.2 (25)
2527Halina NowakPOL45:02.25:22.1 (22)24:54.9 (22)
2623Sabina ValbusaITA45:03.95:25.7 (26)25:09.3 (26)
2753Iryna Taranenko-TereliaUKR45:19.15:21.4 (19)24:56.2 (24)
2829Kristina ŠmigunEST45:21.15:35.2 (38)25:21.9 (31)
294Annika EvaldssonSWE45:25.45:28.2 (31)25:34.0 (33)
3026Barbara MettlerSUI45:26.95:26.0 (27)25:13.1 (27)
3115Martina VondrováCZE45:29.15:33.4 (36)25:53.6 (37)
3232Vida VencienėLTU45:41.25:38.3 (41)25:38.6 (34)
3322Yelena SinkevichBLR45:45.45:31.3 (33)25:18.8 (29)
3431Laura McCabeUSA45:51.15:41.4 (43)25:21.8 (30)
3514Laura WilsonUSA45:59.95:32.2 (34)25:54.2 (38)
3613Sumiko YokoyamaJPN46:00.45:33.2 (35)26:01.8 (39)
3725Leslie ThompsonUSA46:10.35:22.6 (24)25:25.2 (32)
3812Brigitte AlbrechtSUI46:11.95:29.3 (32)25:47.3 (35)
3916Isabelle ManciniFRA46:16.25:37.0 (39)25:51.6 (36)
408Mićhalina MaciuszekPOL46:43.05:51.1 (52)26:11.7 (40)
4130Iveta ZelingerováCZE46:56.35:27.8 (30)26:35.5 (46)
423Nina KemppelUSA46:56.85:40.1 (42)26:17.5 (41)
4337Oksana KotovaKAZ47:02.15:42.4 (44)26:18.3 (42)
4433Irina NikulchinaBUL47:03.55:34.6 (37)26:21.9 (43)
4519Cristel VahtraEST47:04.15:37.7 (40)26:23.6 (44)
4628Tatiana KutlíkováSVK47:34.95:50.5 (51)26:37.7 (47)
4718Yelena VolodinaKAZ47:35.65:42.6 (45)26:48.3 (48)
481Lucie ChroustovskáCZE47:37.85:46.1 (47)26:26.0 (45)
499Silja SuijaEST47:47.55:46.4 (48)27:04.1 (49)
5010Svetlana KamotskayaBLR47:56.55:45.6 (46)27:16.8 (50)
516Yelena PiiraynenBLR48:45.35:50.0 (50)27:19.7 (51)
527Ineta KravaleLAT49:37.75:49.6 (49)27:42.0 (52)
535Yelena ChernetsovaKAZ49:56.75:58.8 (53)28:20.2 (53)
AC2Sylvie Giry-RoussetFRA– (–)– (–)DNF