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30 kilometres Freestyle, Women

Date20 February 1998 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants63 from 25 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 113 m
Intermediate 1: 1.8 km
Intermediate 2: 11.3 km
Intermediate 3: 22.3 km
Maximum Climb: 67 m
Total Climbing: 1,058 m

Yelena Välbe had won this event at the 1995 and 1997 World Championships, and won the 1996-97 distance World Cup. But her skiing in the 1997-98 was somewhat ordinary and she would not be a major factor, eventually finishing fifth, still her best individual finish in Hakuba. With her struggling, the race was fairly open. The leader at every checkpoint as she skied was Russian Yuliya Chepalova, who started 28th. Six starters later, Stefania Belmondo, runner-up at the 1997 World Championships, and 1997 Holmenkollen champion in the event, took the lead at the 11.3 and 22.3 km time checks. But Chepalova would finish faster and win a surprising gold medal.

Chepalova would later develop into a solid skier, but she had only been on the Russian national team since 1996, and was mostly unknown internationally. She would return in 2002 at Salt Lake City and win a gold medal in the new sprint event. Belmondo had won this event at the 1992 Winter Olympics, the 1993 World Championships, and 1997 Holmenkollen Ski Festival. Through 2009, she is the only woman to win that triple crown in the women’s long-distance event.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
128Yuliya ChepalovaRUS1-22:01.55:07.2 (1)30:27.7 (2)1-02:02.2 (2)Gold
234Stefania BelmondoITA1-22:11.75:10.9 (3)30:19.6 (1)1-01:55.4 (1)Silver
338Larisa LazutinaRUS1-23:15.75:14.4 (4)30:55.0 (3)1-02:59.0 (3)Bronze
440Elin NilsenNOR1-24:24.55:15.7 (6)31:07.4 (5)1-03:44.7 (5)
526Yelena VälbeRUS1-24:52.85:14.5 (5)31:03.2 (4)1-03:42.7 (4)
635Maria TheurlAUT1-24:54.35:25.6 (10)31:41.9 (8)1-04:25.6 (7)
731Brigitte AlbrechtSUI1-25:15.05:19.5 (7)31:44.7 (9)1-04:29.8 (8)
825Iryna Taranenko-TereliaUKR1-25:22.35:10.4 (2)31:14.1 (6)1-04:15.2 (6)
937Marit MikkelsplassNOR1-25:36.95:29.6 (14)31:54.0 (10)1-04:46.2 (9)
1032Gabriella ParuzziITA1-26:06.05:21.7 (8)31:36.8 (7)1-04:50.2 (10)
1129Antonina OrdinaSWE1-26:13.85:23.0 (9)32:04.7 (11)1-05:23.8 (11)
127Alena SinkevichBLR1-27:15.35:26.0 (11)32:15.3 (14)1-05:50.5 (12)
1330Olga DanilovaRUS1-28:08.15:29.2 (12)32:07.9 (12)1-05:56.3 (13)
1423Valentyna ShevchenkoUKR1-28:20.05:32.9 (=17)32:14.7 (13)1-06:29.9 (14)
1544Jaroslava BukvajováSVK1-28:21.05:37.8 (27)33:12.0 (21)1-06:47.2 (15)
168Kati WilhelmGER1-28:27.75:41.4 (33)33:03.0 (18)1-07:06.0 (17)
1727Sophie VilleneuveFRA1-28:57.85:29.5 (13)32:16.3 (15)1-06:52.7 (16)
1820Nataša LačenSLO1-29:10.45:35.6 (21)33:01.1 (16)1-07:28.6 (18)
1924Maj Helen SorkmoNOR1-29:16.95:33.7 (19)33:20.1 (23)1-08:00.9 (22)
204Antonella ConfortolaITA1-29:31.65:37.5 (25)33:08.3 (20)1-07:39.2 (20)
216Svetlana DeshevykhKAZ1-29:48.15:38.5 (29)33:13.2 (22)1-08:04.9 (23)
2214Karine PhilippotFRA1-29:51.65:32.9 (=17)33:02.5 (17)1-07:53.1 (21)
2322Kateřina HanušováCZE1-29:59.95:54.9 (49)33:40.9 (30)1-09:00.5 (27)
2417Natascia LeonardiSUI1-30:31.85:37.3 (23)33:05.0 (19)1-07:35.7 (19)
253Alžbeta HavrančíkováSVK1-30:38.65:29.7 (15)33:33.6 (25)1-08:34.2 (24)
269Anke SchulzeGER1-30:54.65:42.0 (35)33:33.2 (24)1-08:58.3 (26)
271Olena HaiasovaUKR1-31:01.05:45.2 (42)33:59.0 (34)1-09:13.7 (29)
2811Irina NikulchinaBUL1-31:04.75:32.1 (16)33:35.0 (26)1-08:45.7 (25)
2919Cristel VahtraEST1-31:09.35:41.9 (34)33:39.2 (29)1-09:02.9 (28)
3056Svetlana ShishkinaKAZ1-31:39.75:39.5 (31)34:03.8 (35)1-09:33.9 (32)
3159Constanze BlumGER1-31:52.95:46.5 (45)33:54.2 (33)1-09:16.0 (30)
3243Sumiko YokoyamaJPN1-32:04.35:35.4 (20)33:37.0 (27)1-09:24.9 (31)
3316Bernadetta PiotrowskaPOL1-32:37.65:40.6 (32)34:18.0 (40)1-10:15.2 (37)
3412Monica LăzăruțROU1-32:41.75:57.0 (52)34:20.1 (41)1-10:13.4 (36)
3549Zuzana KocumováCZE1-32:52.15:42.8 (38)33:44.0 (31)1-09:49.5 (33)
3646Laura WilsonUSA1-33:10.65:45.8 (43)33:38.7 (28)1-10:00.9 (35)
3757Anette FanqvistSWE1-33:10.75:56.0 (50)34:47.6 (47)1-10:48.8 (42)
3853Midori FurusawaJPN1-33:16.25:43.2 (=39)34:09.0 (36)1-10:19.1 (38)
3910Kumiko YokoyamaJPN1-33:19.75:37.4 (24)34:23.4 (42)1-11:02.2 (44)
4013Oksana YatskayaKAZ1-33:23.45:42.2 (36)33:50.5 (32)1-09:55.0 (34)
4148Kerrin PettyUSA1-33:47.35:35.8 (22)34:16.4 (39)1-10:39.0 (39)
425Sviatlana KamotskayaBLR1-33:51.65:43.7 (41)34:42.5 (46)1-11:05.6 (45)
432Suzanne KingUSA1-34:01.85:43.2 (=39)34:25.5 (43)1-10:45.5 (40)
4467Liudmila KarolikBLR1-34:07.55:37.7 (26)34:25.6 (44)1-11:00.0 (43)
4518Karin SäterkvistSWE1-34:15.15:38.3 (28)34:09.2 (37)1-10:46.6 (41)
4633Kristina ŠmigunEST1-34:18.15:56.7 (51)35:17.5 (51)1-12:03.3 (50)
4750Iryna SkripnikBLR1-34:38.45:45.9 (44)34:51.1 (48)1-11:51.3 (48)
4852Õnne KurgEST1-34:59.96:03.3 (55)34:54.8 (49)1-11:43.0 (47)
4965Laura McCabeUSA1-35:09.95:46.7 (46)35:08.9 (50)1-12:02.4 (49)
5064Milla JauhoFIN1-35:39.25:42.5 (37)34:26.1 (45)1-12:06.0 (51)
5139Beckie ScottCAN1-35:47.45:39.0 (30)34:12.5 (38)1-11:15.6 (46)
5260Olga SeleznyovaKAZ1-36:30.65:57.3 (53)35:34.1 (52)1-12:46.9 (52)
5345Andžela BriceLAT1-37:08.46:17.0 (57)36:22.9 (55)1-13:50.9 (53)
5421Sara RennerCAN1-40:14.66:01.8 (54)36:10.8 (54)1-15:04.9 (55)
5547Kazimiera StrolienėLTU1-40:57.95:52.0 (47)37:42.1 (58)1-16:43.8 (56)
5654Marie-Odile RaymondCAN1-41:07.25:54.5 (48)35:47.0 (53)1-14:26.3 (54)
5763Ināra RudkoLAT1-43:22.86:24.0 (58)37:39.6 (57)1-18:11.3 (57)
5868Alla MikayelyanARM1-44:03.66:11.7 (56)37:30.0 (56)1-18:11.4 (58)
AC36Trude Dybendahl-HartzNOR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC42Karin MoroderITA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC55Dorota KwaśnyPOL– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC58Hanna SlipenkoUKR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC62Manuela HenkelGER– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
DNSJaime FortierCAN– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNSAnita NymanFIN– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNSKati SundqvistFIN– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNSAnnick PierrelFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNSTomomi OtakaJPN– (–)– (–)– (–)