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4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men

Date18 February 1998 — 10:15
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants80 from 20 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 10,000 m / 10,000 m
Height Differential: 98 m / 52 m
Maximum Climb: 51 m / 51 m
Total Climbing: 410 m / 354 m

The 1994 ski relay, termed “The Great Race,” was one of the greatest ski races of all time, with Italy leading Norway to the line by only 4/10ths of a second, with Finland second. The three teams were expected to again battle for the medals, as the finish at the 1995 and 1997 World Championships had been Norway, Finland, and Italy, in that order. The opening leg in Nagano was a surprise with Germany leading, and Norway in 10th place, as Erling Jevne hit the wall at eight kilometers. Finland was third and Italy fourth, but fortunately for Norway, the margin was less than 20 seconds to Finland. On the second leg Sture Sivertsen pulled Norway up to second, though still trailing Italy and Fulvio Valbusa by 12 seconds. Norway sent out ski legend Bjørn Dæhlie on the third leg, and he made up ground on Fabio Maj. At the final exchange, Italy led by 0.5 seconds, with Finland in third, though now a full minute behind.

As in Lillehammer the anchor leg battle between Norway and Italy was the stuff of high drama. Thomas Alsgaard was the Norwegian anchor, facing Italy’s Silvio Fauner. As the Italians had done four years before, Alsgaard sat on Fauner’s tail for most of the leg, refusing to take the lead. Then in the stadium he unleashed a sprint 150 metres from the line, to win the gold medal for his team by 2/10ths of a second. Four years later in Salt Lake City, Norway and Italy would again battle to the line, Norway again winning, this time by 3/10ths of a second. In three relay races, over eight years, and 120 kilometres, Norway and Italy would battle to a near skiing death, the cumulative winning margins less than a full second, and Norway leading on total time by 0.1 seconds.

Finland did hang on for the bronze medal, but they were closely challenged by Sweden, which was less than 10 seconds away from the podium. For Bjørn Dæhlie this was his seventh gold medal, a Winter Olympic record.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
11NorwayNOR1-40:55.7Gold
1-1Sture Sivertsen26:20.026:20.0 (10)
1-2Erling Jevne25:18.951:38.9 (2)
1-3Bjørn Dæhlie24:42.31-16:21.2 (2)
1-4Thomas Alsgaard24:34.51-40:55.7 (1)
23ItalyITA1-40:55.9Silver
3-1Marco Albarello26:04.126:04.1 (4)
3-2Fulvio Valbusa25:22.251:26.3 (1)
3-3Fabio Maj24:54.41-16:20.7 (1)
3-4Silvio Fauner24:35.21-40:55.9 (2)
32FinlandFIN1-42:15.5Bronze
2-1Harri Kirvesniemi26:01.726:01.7 (3)
2-2Mika Myllylä25:47.551:49.2 (4)
2-3Sami Repo25:31.01-17:20.2 (3)
2-4Jari Isometsä24:55.31-42:15.5 (3)
45SwedenSWE1-42:25.2
5-1Mathias Fredriksson26:33.726:33.7 (13)
5-2Niklas Jonsson26:07.952:41.6 (9)
5-3Per Elofsson25:25.21-18:06.8 (7)
5-4Henrik Forsberg24:18.41-42:25.2 (4)
54Russian FederationRUS1-42:39.5
4-1Vladimir Legotin26:19.026:19.0 (9)
4-2Aleksey Prokurorov25:21.251:40.2 (3)
4-3Sergey Kryanin26:02.41-17:42.6 (5)
4-4Sergey Chepikov24:56.91-42:39.5 (5)
620SwitzerlandSUI1-42:49.2
20-1Jeremias Wigger26:20.826:20.8 (11)
20-2Beat Koch26:12.052:32.8 (8)
20-3Reto Burgermeister25:31.81-18:04.6 (6)
20-4Wilhelm Aschwanden24:44.61-42:49.2 (6)
714JapanJPN1-43:06.7
14-1Katsuhito Ebisawa26:11.026:11.0 (5)
14-2Hiroyuki Imai26:13.952:24.9 (5)
14-3Mitsuo Horigome25:15.21-17:40.1 (4)
14-4Kazutoshi Nagahama25:26.61-43:06.7 (7)
86GermanyGER1-43:16.1
6-1Andreas Schlütter25:57.425:57.4 (1)
6-2Jochen Behle26:48.852:46.2 (10)
6-3René Sommerfeldt26:01.01-18:47.2 (9)
6-4Johann Mühlegg24:28.91-43:16.1 (8)
913AustriaAUT1-43:16.5
13-1Markus Gandler26:00.926:00.9 (2)
13-2Alois Stadlober26:28.552:29.4 (6)
13-3Achim Walcher25:47.51-18:16.9 (8)
13-4Christian Hoffmann24:59.61-43:16.5 (9)
1011EstoniaEST1-44:20.9
11-1Andrus Veerpalu26:50.026:50.0 (16)
11-2Raul Olle26:14.353:04.3 (11)
11-3Elmo Kassin26:11.11-19:15.4 (11)
11-4Jaak Mae25:05.51-44:20.9 (10)
119SlovakiaSVK1-44:31.6
9-1Ivan Bátory26:13.426:13.4 (6)
9-2Martin Bajčičák26:19.152:32.5 (7)
9-3Andrej Páricka26:28.51-19:01.0 (10)
9-4Stanislav Ježík25:30.61-44:31.6 (11)
1216UkraineUKR1-44:33.9
16-1Hennadiy Nikon26:40.526:40.5 (15)
16-2Oleksandr Zarovniy26:30.953:11.4 (13)
16-3Mykhailo Artiukhov26:04.31-19:15.7 (12)
16-4Mykola Popovych25:18.21-44:33.9 (12)
1317FranceFRA1-45:00.2
17-1Vincent Vittoz26:36.426:36.4 (14)
17-2Patrick Remy26:28.553:04.9 (12)
17-3Hervé Balland26:11.31-19:16.2 (13)
17-4Philippe Sanchez25:44.01-45:00.2 (13)
147BelarusBLR1-45:15.3
7-1Sergey Dolidovich26:14.126:14.1 (7)
7-2Aleksey Tregubov27:18.453:32.5 (15)
7-3Aleksandr Sannikov26:16.81-19:49.3 (16)
7-4Vyacheslav Plaksunov25:26.01-45:15.3 (14)
158Czech RepublicCZE1-45:35.4
8-1Lukáš Bauer26:17.626:17.6 (8)
8-2Martin Koukal27:02.653:20.2 (14)
8-3Petr Michl26:12.21-19:32.4 (15)
8-4Jiří Magál26:03.01-45:35.4 (15)
1612KazakhstanKAZ1-46:12.9
12-1Pavel Ryabinin26:21.126:21.1 (12)
12-2Vladimir Bortsov27:16.053:37.1 (16)
12-3Andrey Nevzorov25:43.91-19:21.0 (14)
12-4Vitaly Lilichenko26:51.91-46:12.9 (16)
1715United StatesUSA1-48:16.4
15-1Marcus Nash27:19.727:19.7 (17)
15-2John Bauer27:53.255:12.9 (17)
15-3Patrick Weaver27:07.91-22:20.8 (17)
15-4Justin Wadsworth25:55.61-48:16.4 (17)
1810CanadaCAN1-49:27.4
10-1Donald Farley28:15.628:15.6 (19)
10-2Robin McKeever28:00.356:15.9 (18)
10-3Chris Blanchard26:20.31-22:36.2 (19)
10-4Guido Visser26:51.21-49:27.4 (18)
1918SpainESP1-49:27.9
18-1Jordi Ribó27:51.427:51.4 (18)
18-2Diego Ruiz28:26.056:17.4 (19)
18-3Juan Jesús Gutiérrez26:18.01-22:35.4 (18)
18-4Álvaro Gijón26:52.51-49:27.9 (19)
2019Republic of KoreaKOR1-55:17.1
19-1Park Byung-Chul29:05.029:05.0 (20)
19-2Ahn Jin-Soo29:53.958:58.9 (20)
19-3Shin Doo-Sun28:15.21-27:14.1 (20)
19-4Park Byeong-Ju28:03.01-55:17.1 (20)